Johnny the Giant Killer (1950)

Article #1721 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-30-2005
Posting Date: 4-29-2006
Directed by Jean Image and Charles Frank
No voice credits

A young boy sets out with a bunch of friends to defeat an evil giant, but they are all trapped and reduced to a tiny size.

Uh-oh, here’s another one where my original review seems to have vanished; I may have to make it a point to start saving copies of these to another place as well just to be on the safe side. Still, this one made enough of an impression on me that it still lingers in my memory. It’s a truly strange animated feature; the first half of the movie is incredibly surreal, with the improbable traps in the giant’s castle being a distinct highlight. The second half of the movie largely deals with Johnny’s encounter with a civilization of bees, whom he must win over if he has any hope of getting their help to save his friends still trapped in the castle. The animation is utterly unlike anything you might see in a Disney film, and I have to admit that I found this one to be rather intriguing.

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