Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Jason and the Argonauts Plot Synopsis:Jason has been prophesied to take the throne of Thessaly. When he saves Pelias from drowning, but does not recognize him as the man who had earlier killed his father, Pelias tells Jason to travel to Colchis to find the Golden Fleece. Jason follows his advice and assembles a sailing crew of the finest men in Greece, including Hercules. They are under the protection of Hera, queen of the gods. Their voyage is replete with battles against harpies, a giant bronze Talos, a hydra, and an animated skeleton army, all brought to life by the special effects wizardry of Ray Harryhausen.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Review
Director Don Chaffey directed Jason and the Argonauts (1963) which is one of my favorite stop-motion animation mixed with live action scenes. The estimated movie budget was $1 million. Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, and Gary Raymond star in this film.
Jason and the Argonauts is about Jason (Todd Armstrong) who is a demigod tasked with retrieving the legendary Golden Fleece. This legendary Greek hero leads his team of adventurers.
I first watched Jason and the Argonauts about twenty years ago and loved it back then too. I grew up fascinated with the Greek mythology and to me, this film did a terrific job capturing the best aspects of that mythology, and the pacing of the film was spot on. We are taken on a series of adventures with a common goal for the ending. Every Greek mythology and fantasy fan should give this film a chance. I showed my teenage children this film, they too enjoyed it, proving that it is a timeless classic.
- Jason and the Argonauts Rating Scores
- Our Score: 7
- Overall Score: 7.88
- IMDB: 7.4
- Rotten Tomatoes: 9.3
Runtime: 104 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Total Avg. Votes: 20,235
Jason and the Argonauts Writers: Jan Read, Beverley Cross, Apollonios Rhodios
Jason and the Argonauts Director: Don Chaffey
Production: Columbia Pictures
Country: UK, USA