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Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965)

Little Willy McBean joins up with a Mexican monkey named Pablo to travel back in time and stop the evil Prof. von Rotten from changing history.

Director:

Arthur Rankin Jr.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Larry D. Mann ... Professor Von Rotten (voice) (as Larry Mann)
Billie Mae Richards ... Willy McBean (voice) (as Billie Richards)
Alfie Scopp ... Buffalo Bill Cody / The Dragon (voice)
Paul Kligman Paul Kligman ... Christopher Columbus (voice)
Bernard Cowan Bernard Cowan ... Khufu / Ned the Caveman (voice) (as Bunny Cowan)
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Pablo the Monkey / King Ferdinand (voice)
Peggi Loder Peggi Loder ... (voice) (as Pegi Loder)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Corinne Conley ... (voice)
James Doohan ... (voice)
Claude Rae Claude Rae ... (voice) (as Claude Ray)
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Storyline

Frustrated genius Rasputin Von Rotten has decided to make his mark upon history once and for all by building a time machine to travel back to all the important achievements in history and take credit for them himself. The plan looks foolproof until his talking pet monkey Pablo runs off with the blueprints for the doctor's scheme. Pablo is discovered by boy genius Willy McBean, who decides to go back in time himself and undo the doctor's damage, if for no other reason than to keep from having to study history all over again. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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FROM CAVEMEN TO CAMELOT...FROM CUSTER TO COLUMBUS...A Mad Romp Through Time! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

This was Rankin-Bass' first theatrical stop-motion "Animagic" feature film. See more »

Quotes

Willy McBean: Professor, I'll make a bargain with you.
Professor Von Rotten: Rasputin Von Rotten never bargains with mere boys and thieving animals. Never! What's your proposition?
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Soundtracks

A Caveman's Lot
Music and Lyrics by Edward Thomas, Gene Forrell and James Polack
Performed by Bernard Cowan and Paul Soles
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Puppet animation classic from Rankin/Bass
7 May 2002 | by josephbrandoSee all my reviews

From Rankin/Bass, the creators of holiday staples such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" & "Mad Monster Party", comes yet another gem filmed in their trademark "Animagic" stop-motion animation process. This movie, which was made at the same time as "Rudolph" was not a made-for-TV special, but a full-length feature released in theaters.

It concerns a young boy, Willy, who learns of the Mad Professor Rasputin Van Rotton's plans to go back into time so that he can take credit for different feats and inventions (such as the discovery of America, invention of fire, etc...) by beating the real heroes to the punch. I guess he felt that building the world's first time machine would not provide enough stature! Anyway, with the help of a stereotypical Spanish monkey, Pablo, who takes great pride in announcing the fact that he is "one great lateen luvur" (that's "latin lover" in Spanish monkey talk), Willy builds his own "Magic Machine" and travels through the ages to foil the Mad Professor's plans just in the nick of time.

Packed with dinosaurs, mad professors, the wild west, cavemen, knights, pirates, Indians, cowboys and many other such subjects, this is sure to delight any young boy (well.... maybe any young boy from the 50's) but may be a bit tedious for adults if they are not a fan of stop-motion animation. But if you were a young boy in the 50's AND are a stop-motion fan then this movie with its retro-puppet-appeal will rock your world!!! It rocked mine!!


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