The eschewing of modern optical effects techniques in favor of the classic stop-motion animation wor... read morek of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen was a delightful highlight of this action adventure that attempted to give Greek mythology the Star Wars (1977) treatment. Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, a mortal who, due to the interference of the mighty god Zeus (Laurence Olivier), finds himself in the city of Joppa, far away from his island home. There, he falls in love with Andromeda (Judi Bowker), an imprisoned princess. To free her, win her hand, and thus half of the kingdom, Perseus solves a riddle, but Joppa's enraged ruler orders Andromeda fed to the Kraken, a towering sea monster that's the last of the powerful Titans. In his quest to save Andromeda, Perseus must endure a series of trials with the help of the winged horse Pegasus and a friendly playwright, Ammon (Burgess Meredith). His ultimate goal is to secure the head of the grotesque Gorgon named Medusa and use it to turn the Kraken into stone, but dangers await, including the hideously deformed Calibos (Neil McCarthy). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
The movie Ray Harryhausen is perhaps best known for is JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, so it should not be
Reviewed 21 months days ago
super cheezy but the stop motion animation is good. But I've seen better stop motion.
Reviewed 3 years days ago
. I didnt care for the weird, fake-looking stop motion special effects but I hear they were exceptional for the time. There are plenty of thing
Greek mythology is done up brown by the special-effects expertise of Ray Harryhausen in Jason and th... read moree Argonauts. Jason (Todd Armstrong), rightful heir to the throne of Thessaly, is spared from death through the intervention of the goddess Hera (Honor Blackman). The other celestial inhabitants of Mount Olympus watch in amusement as Hera surreptitiously aids Jason in his search for the Golden Fleece. Obstacles to this goal include a giant come-to-life statue named Talos, the screeching harpies plaguing blind prophet Phineas (Patrick Troughton), a set of huge clashing rocks, the seven-headed hydra, and an army of skeletons (this bravura climactic sequence assured Harryhausen's place in the hearts of 13-year-old boys of all ages). Supporting characters include Nancy Kovack as a pre-infanticide Medea and Nigel Green as a pacifistic Hercules. Bernard Herrmann's surging musical score was icing on the cake for this greatest of all Ray Harryhausen creations. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classic Saturday tea time material, although blatantly carried along by the amazing stop motion animation and not much else. The score is particularly grating.
Reviewed 14 months days ago
Great set pieces - especially talos the tall statue and the legendary skeletons. Stop motion is wa
Reviewed 4 years days ago
This movie really did create stop motion and therefore is a true great - it also inspired CGI which will be used probably with le
This feverishly energetic comedy combines stop-motion animation and live action from director Henry ... read moreSelick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). Brendan Fraser stars as Stu Miley, a cartoonist who created a randy monkey character called Monkeybone that has taken off in popularity, making him a celebrity. Stu's set to launch a TV series based on Monkeybone and marry his beautiful fiancée Julie (Bridget Fonda) when he's injured in a freak accident that puts him in a coma. He travels to Dark Town, a holding area for the comatose who wait to either regain consciousness or move on to the afterlife with the help of Death (Whoopi Goldberg). Dark Town is also a realm where fictional characters reside and before long Stu has met the vulgar Monkeybone, who travels back to the land of the living to inhabit Stu's body. Aided by Kitty (Rose McGowan), Stu must find a way to reclaim his body and put Monkeybone back in his place before the raunchy primate ruins his charmed life. Monkeybone is based on the cartoon graphic novel Dark Town by Kaja Blackley. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
This feverishly energetic comedy combines stop-motion animation and live action from director Henry
Frosty the Snowman is an animated television special based on the classic song about a magic snowman... read more who comes to life and befriends several children. Jimmy Durante narrates the special and sings the title song. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Another holiday masterpiece, Rankin Bass strays from the stop motion animation to give us the traditional one-dimensional style. Still great and always time