The Forgotten Voyage of Sinbad
Is best described as a comedic homage to the great Ray Harryhausen and his wonderful Sinbad the Sailor films of the 50s, 60s and 70s. With the flavor of “The Princess Bride”, “Monty Python” and a touch of “The Road Runner” we find our intrepid hero and his eclectic band of old salts returning from yet another in their series of amazing journeys. They arrive home to the city of Shaloon just in time for Sinbad to greet the Caliph and to make public plans to wed the beautiful but spoiled rotten, Princess Allura. No sooner are the throngs cheering the good news when the evil wizard, Chakur, crashes the proceedings and makes off with the princess aboard his flying carpet. It falls to Sinbad to track down his ladylove and return quickly – by the ancient writings if the princess isn’t married by the proscribed time, the Caliph will lose everything and his kingdom will fall to ruin.
The journey to Chakur’s island is so fraught with peril that Sinbad must turn to the city’s prisons, offering freedom to the most desperate of criminals to join him in his quest. (Crime under the Caliph is dealt with most harshly – for every crime committed, the guilty party forfeits one body part (the famed Black pirate Lucrine a habitual criminal is missing everything but his head).
As their journey plays out, they run afoul of a band of marauding pirates, Chakur’s bumbling apprentices, Magdar and Bralban and a host of mythology’s most horrifying creatures; a twenty foot Cyclops, giant worm things, a massive eagle and a seven headed hydra. All of which are defeated through hilarious sets of circumstances. Also joining the quest is the mystical genie of Aladin’s magic lamp, not only all-powerful but the most spectacularly beautiful woman in the universe. If Salma Hayek or Megan Fox had a beautiful sister that made them look like pond scum by comparison, this would be her.
In the end we learn that everything is not what it seems. The princess is three clowns short of a circus; having an entire crew swing over to an adjacent ship isn’t as smart as it seems; Genies can fall in love; eight heads are better than 120; and Giant Snail Slime is a great way to rid yourself of unwanted soldiers. To clarify, read the script.