7th Voyage of Sinbad and Star Wars

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition:The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.)

There’s no doubt that Ray Harryhausen’s landmark film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad helped to inspire the Star Wars universe in many ways. Released in 1958, the special effects in the picture were unlike anything that had ever been seen. Of particular note for Star Wars was the level of stop-motion animation, in color, and how it interacted with the environment. In an interview I conducted with special effects maestro Phil Tippett, he cited this as the film that made him want to get into the business. Dennis Muren has also referred to it as a chief inspiration for his work in film. Indeed, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad took audiences to places they’d never been before and was a revelation. 

In this installment of The Movies That Made Star Wars, we’ll look at it in more depth and see just how much it found itself in the DNA of Star Wars. 

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