Sinbad and a Big Baboon
Sinbad (Patrick Wayne) is found by Princess Farah (Jane Seymour) who is not only in desperate need of his loving but also his help as her brother has been taken. With his desire to marry Farah Sinbad heads off on the quest which has some surprising turns as it turns out Farah's brother has been turned in to a monkey and so Sinbad must take him to someone who can transform him back. But it also means that Sinbad must deal with the wicked witch Zenobia (Margaret Whiting).
Rather than skirt around the edges let me just say right off the bat, as a piece of entertainment "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" didn't really entertain me. This isn't me just saying this having watched it now for the first time as I first encountered this adventure movie back in the early 80s when I was a young teenager and even back then I was not overly fussed by this movie. In fact I reckon I might have been quite bored by it because I never bothered to watch it again until now for this review.
The thing is that if I split "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" in to parts then I would be ticking a lot of things off of a list. The storyline has mystery and plenty of imagination, the characters have that element of larger and the life needed for this sort of movie and of course there is action as well. On top of that there is also Patrick Wayne giving us heroics whilst Jane Seymour delivers plenty of beauty in various figure showing outfits. But none of this is that special and in all honesty the basics of this movie are forgettable.
But of course "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" also happens to be a Ray Harryhausen movie and even now there is always something impressive about his work when it comes to miniatures and models. And it is no different here with his stop motion work being the stand out feature of this movie which for me kept it watch able.
What this all boils down to is that as a piece of entertainment "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" didn't do a great deal for me and to be honest often wanted it to be over. But then the visual effects work of Ray Harryhausen makes it bearable.