NO MATTER WHAT DIGITAL MARVELS may come, for 60s-70s kids like me the most fantastic creatures will always be the jerky (but personality-rich) stop-motion-animated creations of Ray Harryhausen:

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad—Kerwin Matthews and Kathryn Grant (the Ward and June of ancient Arabia) battle a Cyclops and a sword-wielding skeleton in the quintessential squeaky-clean 50s adventure.

Jason and the Argonauts—Clearly a formative experience for Peter (Lord of the Rings) Jackson, an earnest attempt at filming Greek myth, though its main attraction is... more skeletons with swords!

Mysterious Island—Probably the best Harryhausen movie as a movie, an exciting version of Jules Verne’s sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that features oversized animals (including a genuinely scary bee).

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