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Film / The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a 1958 film featuring Kerwin Mathews as Sinbad the Sailor, but starring Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion monsters.

Legendary adventurer Sinbad the Sailor and his crew discover the fantastic island of Colossa. There they encounter Sokurah the magician, who is desperate to obtain a magic lamp. When he fails to entice Sinbad into helping him fight the Cyclops, Sokurah then concocts an evil potion to shrink Princess Parisa (and Sinbad's fiancée) down to the size of a mouse. With the only know cure for the princess on the island of Colossa, Sinbad has no choice but to go back with Sokurah to the island if he is to save Parisa.

This was the first feature film using stop-motion animation effects to be completely shot in colour.

It was nominated for the 1959 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad provides examples of:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: The baby Roc and its mother (if you can even call them villains), and Sokurah's dragon.
  • Apothecary Alligator: There is a stuffed alligator mounted on the walls of the Sokurah's workshop.
  • Bald of Evil: Sokurah the sorcerer.
  • Benevolent Genie
  • Birdcaged: The shrunken Princess Parisa is kept in a birdcage.
  • Cyclops: There is a cyclops that looks like a giant one-eyed satyr with a horn on its head. A second one also in that film is easy to spot—it has two horns.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The giant crossbow.
  • Clean Pretty Childbirth: The baby roc, although not pretty, is completely dry and fluffy upon hatching.
  • Deflector Shields: "I command you to build me a barrier between those men and the cyclops!"
  • Dem Bones: Sinbad fights an animated skeleton, prefiguring the army of animated skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts.
  • Disney Villain Death: Karim.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Parisa is adorable.
  • Eye Scream:
    • The Caliph threatens this for Sokurah after his prophecy of war.
    • The first cyclops is defeated when Sinbad shoves a fiery torch onto its eyeball, blinding it, and then leading it off a nearby cliff.
  • Freeing The Genie: Near the end of the movie Sinbad throws the lamp into a river of lava, which frees the genie inside as was prophesied.
  • Genie in a Bottle: Or lamp, rather.
  • Giant Flyer: The Roc.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Sokura impaling Haroufa happens off-screen. However we do see Haroufa's body after Sinbad removes the spear.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Sokura makes the plan for a giant crossbow to protect them against the Cyclops. Later the crossbow is used to kill the dragon, which falls on Sokura.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: The magician shrinks Princess Parisa as part of his plan to get the magic lamp.
  • Large Ham:
    • Sokura: "My spirit races ahead of time itself!"
    • Most of the mutineers count as well: "THE WIND SCREAMS LIKE TEN-THOUSAND FIENDS!" Particularly their leader, Karim.
  • Lost World: "It has the mark of some ancient civilization!"
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The roc.
  • Number Two: Haroufa, the only member of the original crew who sticks with Sinbad on the second voyage.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: It is hoped Sinbad and Parissa's marriage will bring peace between their nations of Bagdad and Chandra. They also genuinely love each other.
  • Phony Psychic: Sokurah certainly is a real magician, but his prophecy is a bald-faced lie.
  • Pinned to the Wall: Sinbad's scimitar pins the wizard's sleeve to a door, allowing Parissa to break free of his clutches.
  • Siege Engines: Near the end Sinbad's sailors use a giant ballista to kill a dragon.
  • Snake People: The evil magician Sokurah temporarily combines a woman and a snake to create a four-armed woman with a snake's tail.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • Sinbad asks why Sokurah didn't use the lamp to slay the Cyclops; the magician says it can't be used to work harm.
    • Parissa asks why if he was a magician he couldn't kill the Cyclops; Sokurah says he created a potion for this but couldn't make the Cyclops drink it.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: When the wizard attempts to leave with the princess, Sinbad throws his scimitar at the wizard, pinning his sleeve to a door.
  • Tragic Monster: Sokurah's dragon has apparently spent most of its life chained up in his cavern home. For all its time on screen it's abused, attacked, and later ordered around by its master to attack the very people who freed it from its chains. Only for it to die moments after it's defeated the Cyclopes.
  • The Worf Effect: Sinbad and his crew struggle to defeat the first Cyclops during both encounters with the beast. When a second one shows up in Sokurah's cave, the dragon manages to maim it and kill it with almost little effort and no visible injuries. Since Sokurah lives on an island populated by the giants, it seems only logical he use a creature stronger than the Cyclopes.
  • Xylophones for Walking Bones: Frantic xylophone music plays when Sinbad fights the animated skeleton.