Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Three Worlds of Gulliver A.K.A. The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)

An American fantasy adventure directed by Jack Sher with special effects by Ray Harryhausen.
A man from England departs on a ship with his girlfriend. He is thrown overboard during a storm and lands on an island full of small people with problems. He tries to help them, but fails and sets forth in a boat again. He then lands on an island of large people and the same thing happens, but his girlfriend is there to greet him. Together, they make their way back to England.
This is a classic of compositing. The plot held my attention and the main character was well-acted. He's a normal dude with some intelligence going into stupid situations. The video compositing was amazing for the time. We have people of different sizes occupying any part of the screen they need to. We also have a stop motion alligator fighting a live action human. My praises to Ray Harryhausen on this. His work was an integral part of the plot and it worked out amazingly. Overall, watch this if you can understand what it takes to make these things happen. I rate it awesome.

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