Some of my earliest memories were sat infront of the TV watching classic monster movies, it was here that I discovered Sinbad and the tales of far flung Arabia. Of course none of this would have caught my imagination if it weren't for the terrifying duels between man and monster cooked up by the genius animator that was Ray Harryhausen. It must have rewired my brain somewhat as my favourite setting for D&D has always been Al-Quadim.
Last night I decided to rewatch...
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
The first monster Sinbad (Patrick Wayne) encounters are the fire demons (Harryhausen's storyboard maintains they are ghouls) conjured from the flames of their campfire as they celebrate ending their return to the city. These insect headed animated corpses see off most of Sinbad's crewmates before he crushes them with an inexplicably placed pile of huge logs.
|Fire Demons emerge from the camp fire ready to attack|
Farah then introduces her Uncle Balsora who pleads with Sinbad to aid them by returning Kassim to his true form. We get introduced to the transformed Kassim as his cage is being loaded onto Sinbad's ship.
|Prince Kassim is a pretty mean Chess player|
|The Minaton has the strength of 6 men|
As they leave in pursuit of Sinbad, Zenobia instructs the Minaton to see off Balsora's spies. The automaton wordlessly obeys, capsizing their boat and skewering their leader.
Sinbad successfully negotiates the treacherous reefs which surround Cascar and meets with Melanthius (Patrick Troughton) discovering that the only way to return Kassim to his true form is to travel to the fabled Shrine of the Four Elements hidden in a green valley in the frozen North of Hyborea.
Zenobia's attempts to navigate the reef fares less well and the ships metal oars aredamaged in the process. She is thwarted again when Sinbad's ship sets sail whilst her son is still making good the repairs. In desperation she uses a magic potion to transform herself into a seagul so she can learn of Sinbad's plans. Unfortunately she is captured by Melanthius who also discovers the amulet containing her transformation potion and uses it to enlarge a wasp to monstrous size.
|Melathius fends of a giant wasp whilst the imprisoned Zenobia goads it.|
When they reach Hyborea Sinbad forgoes the ice tunnel and opts to travel across land. His party encounter a Giant Walrus which further whittles down his crew.
|Sinbad and crew fight off a Giant Walrus|
|Dione befriends the Troglodyte|
|A dissapointing end to the Minaton in his hour of triumph|
|The Troglodyte could have been a contender with his mean left hook|
|Sinbad is victorious, impaling Smilodon Zenobia on the spear of her own creation.|