Sinbad the Sailor (1935)
Article 5994 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Ub Iwerks, Shamus Culhane, Al Eugster
Voice cast unknown
What it is: Ub Iwerks Comicolor cartoon
Sinbad tussles with pirates on the high seas.
Most Sinbad adaptations have fantastic content of some sort and this one is no exception, but it’s not until the roc shows up as part of the storyline does it truly qualify as fantastic cinema beyond the bounds of comic exaggeration. It’s a solid but not particularly inspired effort from Ub Iwerks, but I’ve always preferred his Flip the Frog cartoons to his Comicolor series. And as far as Sinbad cartoons go, this one doesn’t hold a candle to the Popeye adaptation of the story. And though I usually like to highlight a favorite moment when I review cartoons, there’s nothing in this one that really stands out.