"From the land beyond beyond, from the world past hope and fear, I bid you Genie now appear!"
Legendary adventurer Sinbad the Sailor ( Kerwin Mathews ) lands on the island of Colossa for provisions when he encounters and helps rescue Sokurah the magician ( Torin Thatcher ) who is fleeing from the giant cyclops on the island. After their boat is overturned in the escape, Sokurah loses his magic lamp which is retrieved by the cyclops. The conniving magician attempts to bribe Sinbad to return to the island for the lamp but to no avail and so he shrinks Princess Parisa ( Kathryn Grant ), Sinbad's betrothed, to the size of a doll. The potion to restore her to her normal size requires the shell of a bird's egg that can only be found on Colossa. With no choice before him, Sinbad agrees to make the journey back to Colossa where he must fight the cyclops and battle with Sokurah's magic to save the princess.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was producer Charles Schneer's fourth film collaboration with special effects artist Ray Harryhausen and it features some of Harryhausen's finest stop-motion animation, including the first appearance of his famous fighting skeleton figure. This film was also notable for being the first fantasy film that Harryhausen worked on, having previously created creatures for science-fiction films such as 20 Million Miles to Earth ( 1957 ).
In Sinbad, our hero encounters a wide array of beasts that he must contend with. There is the giant man-eating cyclops, the two-headed roc, the fighting skeleton, and the fierce guardian dragon Taro, all of which were created by Harryhausen in the newly-dubbed Dynamation process.