Episode 505: The Magic Voyage of Sinbad
First aired: Comedy Central on 14 August 1993
Availability: iTunes, Amazon (Volume 20), Shout Factory (Volume 20), Best Brains (Volume 20)
|It's not Sinbad!|
Yeah, me neither.
Not that I don't remember Sinbad movies. I just don't remember any great ones. Heck, I don't remember any good ones.
Oh, just to be clear, when I say I don't remember any good Sinbad movies, I'm talking about the Sinbad the Sailor character from literature, not Sinbad the Entertainer character from Michigan. No, the movies of the man born David Adkins is not the subject. No discussion of Houseguest, The Cherokee Kid, First Kid, or any of those films will occur.
|Sinatra is king.|
No, we're limiting our discussion to the movies featuring the character Sinbad. Specifically, The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad, which wasn't a Sinbad movie.
That's right. The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad wasn't about Sinbad. It was about Sadko.
Okay, then, who was Sadko? Well, he was a character from Russian literature who caught a great fish, only to discover true happiness was at home. Or something.
|Sinbad loves Luberia...||... but that's not Luberia! Then again, that's not really Sinbad, either.|
|Not-Sinbad catches a golden fish.|
So, how did it go?
Not too good, actually. The original film was supposed to be a decent film. Some of the visuals of the scenery was left intact, and looked pretty good. The problem is generally considered to be the campy tone the movie picked up in the American screenplay. Of course, that's the version we're covering.
|The Bluebird of Happiness is quite depressing, actually.|
There's actually a lot of stuff going on in this movie, and in the Host Segments.
The Host Segments poke fun at the Emmy Awards, the Rat Pack, and puppetry. There's also segments involving scenes from the movie, including Crow deciding to travel, a town council to deal with Sinbad, and jesters.
|There's no Sinbad in the movie, but, yes, that is a dancing octopus.|
I was entertained by the movie. It's one of those that's actually watchable. Well, somewhat watchable. So, you need to watch the episode a couple of times so you can pay closer attention to the riffing. Well, I did anyway.
Not a great, but a very good episode.