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The Story of King Midas (1953)

TV-G | | Animation, Short | 1953 (USA)
A greedy King Midas is visited one day by a mysterious visitor who grants him the ability to turn all things he touches to gold. He learns his lesson when the food he tries to eat and his ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Harryhausen (uncredited)

Writer:

Charlotte Knight (narration written by)

Star:

Del Moore
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Complete credited cast:
Del Moore ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

A greedy King Midas is visited one day by a mysterious visitor who grants him the ability to turn all things he touches to gold. He learns his lesson when the food he tries to eat and his own daughter are turned to gold as well. The visitor reappears and offers him the opportunity to return to his old self, which he gladly does. Written by jjwbenso

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Genres:

Animation | Short

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le roi Midas See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The appearance of the "Dark Stranger" who gives King Midas the golden touch is based on Max Schreck's makeup for the 1922 German film "Nosferatu," based on "Dracula" and directed by F. W. Murnau. See more »

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Featured in The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) See more »

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Early stop-motion magic

Ray Harryhausen would later go on to work on special effects in some of the most famous monster movies of all time (Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, and many more). This short retelling of the Greek myth of the greedy King Midas is different from such work, because it is entirely animated with stop-motion techniques - no real actors appear. Because of this, some of the facial expressions can be quite primitive, especially when transitions between expressions are necessary. But despite some of its flaws, this is quite an enjoyable little movie, with heart and wit. If you don't know the story of King Midas (which is quite famous) he gains the Golden Touch, which (as the name implies) turns everything he touches to gold - and he finds out that it's not all that it's cracked up to be.

I'm not sure if this short is available on the DVD "Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years". I saw it on the GoodTimes DVD, "The Greatest Sci-fi Cartoons of all Time."


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