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Fantasy Film Festival

             brief essay

books about fantasy movies

collections on DVD

selected fantasy films, A to Z

a few important people

links

            the princess meets the unicorn in Ridley Scott's 'Legend' [1986]


"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." — Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"All good stories deserve embellishment." — Gandalf in "The Hobbit"

"The mind can make substance, and people planets of its own with beings brighter than have been, and give a breath
to forms which can outlive all flesh." — George Gordon, Lord Byron [1788-1824]

"Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope." — Dr. Seuss

"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one." — Terry Pratchett [1948-2015]


          This fantasy Film Festival was extracted from the Horror, Monster & Fantasy Film Festival Page of the Magic Lantern Video & Book Store in early 2017. It became obvious that while the horror and monster genres have elements of fantasy, the fantasy genre seldom has monsters or horror or terror elements.
          So here we define what is and is not included in selecting movies of the fantasy genre for this page:
  • NOT included: science fiction and space opera, which are coded on the Science Fiction Film Festival and the 'Star Wars' Movies Page and the "Star Trek" Movies & TV Page
  • NOT included: robots & cyber tales, which are coded on the Robots & Cyborgs Page and Cyber Film Festival Pages
  • NOT included: sword & sorcery movies, which are coded on the Muscle-Head Film Festival and on the Conan the Cimmerian Page
  • NOT included: superheroes, which are coded on Spirit of America Bookstore's Superheroes Page and on the Lester Dent and "Doc Savage" Page
  • NOT included: The 'Harry Potter' Books & Movies and the 'Pirates of The Caribbean' Movies and the 'Lord of The Rings' Books & Movies because each series has their own page already.
         (There will also be a "Fantastic Beasts" Books & Movies Page after the sequels are available.)
  • NOT included: many children's stories, which are rife with talking mice & dolls and enchanted princessesses; but if you want, "The Nutcracker" [1816] and "Alice In Wonderland" [1865] and "Winnie The Pooh" [1926] and "The Little Prince" [1943] have long had pages of their own.
  • NOT included: cartoonery, from Winsor McKay's pioneer dinosaurs to shorts & features by Walt Disney [1901-66] or Fleischer Studios or M.G.M. or Warner Bros. to today's C.G.I. "Cars" or "Pets" or "Lego" feature films.

  • INCLUDED HERE are movies with angels, unicorns, wizards, leprechauns & menehunes & faeries, friendly dragons & giants, and time travel.
  • search DVDs on keyword 'fantasy' at Amazon

    most popular 'fantasy' genre films at Internet Movie Database


    Books  About  Fantasy  Films

    Encyclopedia of Fantasy book edited by John Clute & John Grant  "The Encyclopedia of Fantasy" [1997] Edited by John Clute & John Grant
    Not only describes the genre authoritatively, but redefines it; with more than 4,000 entries and over one million words covering every aspect of fantasy – literature, film, television, opera, art, and comics.
    St. Martin's Griffin 9¼x7½x2" {3.5 pounds} pb [3/99] out of print/many used
    Palgrave Macmillan 9¾x7¾x2½" {5.4 pounds!} hardcover [4/97] out of print/many used
    Encyclopedia of Fantasy & Horror Fiction book by Don D'Ammassa  "Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Horror Fiction" [ages 8 & up; 2006]
    by Don D'Ammassa

    Checkmark Books 9x7¼ pb [9/2006] for $19.76
    Facts On File 9¼x7½ hardcover [2/2006] for $71.25


    Fantasy  Films  Collections  on  DVD

    Fantasy Adventure Collection 10 Movies DVD box set  
    "Fantasy Adventure Collection: 10 Movies" DVD Box Set [2014?]
    Echo Bridge Home Ent. widescreen color DVD set [2014?] for $7.75
    NO DETAILS PROVIDED by either Amazon or distributor Echo Bridge
    Fantasy Collection 8-Movies DVD box set  "Fantasy Collection: 8-Movies" DVD Box Set [2014]
    Echo Bridge Home Ent. color DVD set [10/2014] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
    contains 7 feature-length films about Merlin and-or King Arthur and one movie not: "The Excalibur Kid" [video 1999]; "King Arthur, The Young Warlord" [1975]; "The Magic Sword" {not King Arthur, but Sir George and the dragon} [1962]; "Merlin and The War of the Dragons" [video 2008]; "Merlin: The Return" [2000]; "Merlin's Apprentice" 2-part TV mini-series [2006]; "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
    [video 2001]; and "Sword of Lancelot" [1963]
    Fantasy Collection 4 Movies DVD box set DVD box set  "Fantasy Collection: 4 Movies" DVD Box Set [2014]
    Echo Bridge Home Ent. color DVD set [10/2014] for $9.99
    contains 4 feature films included on the 2014 '8 Movies' DVD box set just above: "The Magic Sword", "Merlin: The Return", "Merlin's Apprentice", and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
    Fantasy Adventure Collection 5 Movies DVD box set DVD box set  "Fantasy Adventure Collection: 5 Movies" DVD Box Set [2015]
    Echo Bridge Home Ent. color DVD set [2/2015] for $7.99
    contains 5 feature films included on the 2015 '9 Movies' DVD box set just below: "The Excalibur Kid", "The Secret Kingdom", "The Shrunken City", "Mysterious Museum", and "Stone of Destiny"
    Fantasy Adventure Collection 9 Movies DVD box set  "Fantasy Adventure Collection: 9 Movies" DVD Box Set [2015]
    Echo Bridge Home Ent. color DVD set [8/2015] 2 disks for $12.00
    contains 9 feature-length live-action family films: "The Excalibur Kid" [video 1999] with Merlin and King Arthur; "The Fairy King of Ar" [1998]; "The Last Leprechaun" [1998]; "The Little Unicorn"
    [video 2002]; "The Magic Door" [2007]; "Mysterious Museum" TV movie [video 1999]; "The Secret Kingdom" [video 1998]; "The Shrunken City" [video 1998]; and "Stone of Destiny" [2008]
    Fantasy Collection 6 Movies DVD box set DVD box set  "Fantasy Collection: 6 Movies" DVD Box Set [2015]
    Echo Bridge Home Ent. color DVD set [8/2015] for $12.00
    contains 6 feature-length family films: "Mysterious Island" 3-hour TV movie [2012]; two films included on the 2014 '8 Movies' DVD box set just above: "Merlin's Apprentice" and "Merlin: The Return"; and 3 films included on the 2015 '9 Movies' DVD box set just above: "The Last Leprechaun", "Mysterious Museum", and "The Shrunken City"


    Selected  Fantasy  Films,  A to Z
    most popular 'fantasy' genre films at Internet Movie Database

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    "Absolutely Anything" comedy fantasy film  5/2017
    [Europe Aug 2015, Atlas Distrbn USA May 2017]
    Absolutely Anything comedy fantasy film starring Simon Pegg  Space alien overlords decide to destroy Earth, but first test for good/evil by giving super-powers to a random inhabitant
    Co-written & directed by Terry Jones; co-written by Gavin Scott; starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Robert Bathurst, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Marianne Oldham, Emma Pierson, Meera Syal, Mojo the Dog {voiced by Robin Williams}; alien voices by Monty Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin; also James David Robinson, Judy Loe, Alexa Davies, Ellie Green, Prof. Brian Cox
    Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
    full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
    watch 5/2015 U.K. official trailer [1:56] at YouTube

    "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" fantasy film [March 1988]
    Directed by Terry Gilliam

    "Animal Farm" novel [1945] by George Orwell [1903-50]
    the various films are detailed on the "Animal Farm" Novel & Movies Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

    "Avatar" fantasy film
    film is detailed on the Science Fiction Film Festival Page at Magic Lantern

    "Back To The Future" time machine trilogy [1985]
    "The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" — Dr. Emmett Brown, in BTTF1

    "Beauty and The Beast" animated fantasy film [Disney Nov 1991]
    Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise - Angela Lansbury singing

    "Beauty and The Beast" live action + CGI fantasy film [Disney 2017]  

    "The Chronicles Of Narnia" fantasy films
    based on the classic books by C.S. Lewis [1898-1963]

    "Conan The Barbarian" swords & sorcery movie (May 1982)
    Directed by John Milius; Arnold Schwarzenegger's breakout role
    is detailed on the Conan the Cimmerian Page

    "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" martial arts movie [2000]
    Directed by Ang Lee; not all martial arts films are fantasy, but this one is particularly so, with fighters flying over tree tops
    and so on: see this & others on the Samurai Films Festival Page at Magic Lantern

    "The Dark Crystal" fantasy film [Dec 1982]
    Directed by Jim Henson & Frank Oz

    "Edward Scissorhands" fantasy film [Dec 1990]
    Directed by Tim Burton - Johnny Depp's remarkable performance as the title character

    "Walt Disney's Fantasia" [1940 & 2000]

    "Field of Dreams"  [1989]
    Field of Dreams movie  "If you build it, they will come." Co-written & directed by Phil Alden Robinson;
    starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan & Ray Liotta
    Universal Studios Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [5/2009] for $21.49
    Universal color DVD [3/2002] for $9.49
    Universal color VHS [8/99] out of prodn/many, many used
    Universal widescreen VHS [8/99] out of prodn/used
    B.M.G. soundtrack CD [5/89] for $8.99
    full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

    "Game of Thrones" fantasy saga by George R.R. Martin
    is detailed on the "Game of Thrones" Novels & TV Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

    "Groundhog Day" fantasy film [Feb 1993]
    Directed by Harold Ramis - Bill Murray

    skipping "Guardians of The Galaxy" fantasy films = monsters & superheroes

    "Harry Potter"
    is detailed on the The 'Harry Potter' Books & Movies Page at Magic Lantern

    "How To Train Your Dragon" fantasy film (March 2010)
    Directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders - with Toothless, the most adorable dragon in movie history

    "It's A Wonderful Life" [Liberty/R.K.O. Dec 1946]
    It's a Wonderful Life white poster  
    It's a Wonderful Life black one-sheet poster  
    A despondent small-town banker is ready to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge, when his inept guardian angel appears and shows him what his town would be like if he had not been born • Co-written & directed by Frank Capra [1897-1991]; based on a Christmas card sent out by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1943; music by Dimitri Tiomkin; starring James Stewart, Donna Reed , Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner & Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing & Best Sound; listed on National Film Registry 1990 • {Some fool at a later distribitor let the motion picture copyright lapse, and since no royalties or permissions were required, this happy film was shown on television for many years during the Thanksgiving & Christmas seasons. But then the legal department realized that they still had a copyright on the music and other elements, so bootleg copies were stamped out and now royalties & permissions on the music are required for any broadcast.}
    Paramount b&w Blu-ray [11/2009] 2 disks for $25.95
    Paramount b&w/color DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $14.95
    Paramount 60th Anniv Edition b&w DVD [10/2006] for $16.80
    Republic Pictures b&w VHS [9/95] for 60¢ {sic}
    Republic Pictures Deluxe Anniv Edition b&w VHS [9/96] for $7.95
    Sony soundtrack CD [10/97] out of prodn/used
    full credits from IMDbBroadway play [2005] credits at IBDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
    The Greatest Gift   "The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired
    The Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life" [1943]
    by Philip Van Doren Stern

    Studio 7¾x5¾ hardcover [11/96] out of print/used

    "Jumanji" fantasy film (Dec 1995)
    Directed by Joe Johnston - with Robin Williams

    "The Kingdom of The Fairies (Le Royaume des Fées)" silent short [Star-Film France Sept 1903]
    A prince is about to marry, but a witch steals the bride and takes her to a strange and distant land; the prince follows and rescues her with help from several magic goddess figures;
    YouTube upload is tinted, without intertitles, and with modern abstract orchestral music • Produced, adapted & directed by and starring Georges Méliès; also starring Bleuette Bernon
    bare credits at IMDbwatch tinted film [3/2014 upload; 16:44] online at YouTube

    "Labyrinth" fantasy film (June 1986)
    Directed by Jim Henson - David Bowie's most iconic performance as Jareth the Goblin King

    "Legend" fantasy film [April 1986]
    Directed by Ridley Scott; starring Tom Cruise & Tim Curry

    "The Lord of The Rings"
    is detailed on the 'Lord of The Rings' Books & Movies Page at Magic Lantern

    "Lost Horizon" fantasy film [Columbia Pictures Feb 1937]
    Lost Horizon by Frank Capra  An idealist/adventurer is shanghaied to Shangri-La, unknown utopian land of perfect peace, love, beauty, and harmony. He is asked to succeed the High Lama, near death at the age of 200 years. What would you do? • Produced & directed by Frank Capra [1897-1991]; script by Robert Riskin, based on James Hilton's novel; starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Sam Jaffe {as The High Lama}, H.B. Warner, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo & Isabel Jewell; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best A.D., Best Supporting Actor {HBW), Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin) & Best Sound; won Oscars for Best Art Direction & Best Film Editing • full credits from IMDb
    Sony b&w DVD [8/99] for $24.88
    Sony b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
    Soundtrack Factory soundtrack CD [1/99] for $11.99

    Lost Horizon book   "Lost Horizon: The Haunting Novel of Love In Shangri-La" [1936]
    by James Hilton [1900-54]

    Pocket mass pb [1/88] for $6.99
    Harper 8x5½ pb [6/2004] for $9.97
    Amereon 8¾x6 hardcover [6/93] for $24.95
    Reader's Digest hardcover [1/90] out of prodn/many used
    book entry at Wikipediabook/movie fansite

    "Maleficent" fantasy film [Disney May 2014]
    Directed by Robert Stromberg - with Angelina Jolie

    "Mary Poppins" fantasy film [Disney Sept 1964]
    Directed by Robert Stevenson - the unforgettable music and Julie Andrews' beloved performance

    sequel "Mary Poppins" fantasy film [Disney 2017]  

    "The Matrix" fantasy trilogy [1999-2003]

    "The Mermaid (Mei Ren Yu)" [China Feb 2016]
    'The Mermaid' movie from China  As of November 2016, this is the highest-grossing movie in China; it is also the first film to gross CN¥3 billion (equivalent to roughly $431 million in U.S. dollars).A colony of mermaids is threatened by land development, so they send Shan to stop it, but then she falls in love with the main developer . . . • Co-produced, co-written & directed by Stephen Chow; starring Yun Lin, Chao Deng, Show Lo, Yuqi Zhang, Hark Tsui, Zhang Wen, Kris Wu, Sheung-ching Lee, Zhengyu Lu, Chi Ling Chiu, Mei'e Zhang, Linah Matsuoka, Barbie Liu, Zhen Zhen Xu, Bai-Ke, Lianshun Kong, Wilson Chin, Tze Chung Lam, Jifeng Zheng, Shu Zhen Fan, Ivan Kotik, Pierre Bourdaud, Neng Yang, Shuang Gao, Fuyi Liu, Mingze Liu, Kai Man Tin, Bo Xiaolong; nominated for 8 Hong Kong Film Awards
    Sony Pictures Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray w/subtitle options [7/2016] for $20.99
    Sony Pictures Home Ent. widescreen color DVD w/subtitle options [7/2016] for $14.96
    full credits at IMDbJapanese official movie websitemovie entry at Wikipedia
    watch official Japanese?/Chinese? trailer [1:51] online at YouTube

    "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" fantasy film [May 1975]
    Directed by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones

    "The NeverEnding Story" fantasy film [July 1984]
    Directed by Wolfgang Petersen - with Falkor the Luck Dragon

    "Nothing Lasts Forever" fantasy film [M.G.M. 1984 - never released]
    Nothing Lasts Forever unreleased M.G.M. fantasy film  Very odd movie, with a very odd history, essentially 'never released': pulled by distributor M.G.M. from its September 1984 theatrical release; shown on BBC2-TV in U.K. and in Germany in 1993 & 1994; leaked onto YouTube in 2011; American TV debut on Turner Classic Movies in January 2015. A young concert pianist causes a riot when he reveals that he is using a player piano, and flees to Europe; he attempts to return to the U.S., fails a drawing test {!}, and is forced into menial labor; kindness to a tramp leads to meeting the tramps who rule all the cities of the world. But they have been unable to control the Moon, so they send the young man there on a space bus driven by Bill Murray . . . • Written & directed by Tom Schiller; starring Zach Galligan, Apollonia van Ravenstein, Lauren Tom, Sam Jaffe, Paul Rogers, Bill Murray, Imogene Coca, Dan Aykroyd, Mort Sahl, Anita Ellis, Eddie Fisher, Jan Tríska, Rosemary De Angelis, Clarice Taylor, John Garson, Bert Wood, Michael Kimak, King Donovan, Dortha Duckworth, Avon Long, Andrea Coles, Kiya Ann Joyce, Tiger Haynes, Dr. Bronner, Edwin Cooper, Walt Gorney, Raynor Scheine, Ida Bernardini, Leora Dana, Charles Bruce Mill-holland, Erick Avari, Joanne Garahan, Peter Christensen, Marc Alderman, Moultrie Patten, Ingrid Wang, Lawrence Tierney
    VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbwatch 8/2007 fanmade trailer [3:29] online at YouTube

    "Okja" fantasy film  [Plan B Ent./Netflix streaming June 2017]  8/2016
    'Okja' fantasy film from Netflix  Filmed in New York City, South Korea, and Vancouver, BC, Canada; a Korean farm girl raises a fantastic beast escaped from a corporate factory farm • Co-produced by Brad Pitt & Tilda Swinton; co-produced, co-written & directed by Bong Joon Ho; co-written by Jon Ronson; starring Seo-Hyun Ahn/An Seo Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Hee-Bong Byun, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Je-mun Yun/- Yoon Je Moon, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, Devon Bostick, Woo-sik Choi, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam Auslander, Lena Avgust, Marshall Axt, Zachary Belgard, Kristoffe Brodeur, Michelle Clarke-Brown, Ann Evans, Boyd Ferguson, Phillip Garcia, Jamar Greene, Colm Hill, Myles Humphus, Rebecca Husain, Alex Kabel, Lynn Marocola, T. Sahara Meer, Carl Mon-toya, Amber Snow, Pavla Tan, Eha Urbsalu, Justin Blake, Sonia Conlin, Rita Duran, And Palladino, Lynnae Stine, Linley Subryan
    DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
    full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
    watch 2/2017 Netflix teaser trailer [0:55] at YouTube
    watch 5/2017 Netflix trailer [2:14] at YouTube

    "Orlando" fantasy film  [Sony Pictures Classics 1993]
    Orlando video  Ordered never to age by Queen Elizabeth I, Orlando (the stunning
    Tilda Swinton) lives thru 400 years of history, intrigue and exotic
    locales, and even an unexplained change of gender from male to female.

    Written & directed by Sally Potter from Virginia Woolf's novel
    Columbia/TriStar color VHS [7/95] for $19.95
    Columbia/TriStar widescreen color DVD [8/99] for $25.16
    Uni/Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [6/93] for $13.99
    full credits from IMDb
    Orlando novel by Virginia Woolf  "Orlando: A Biography" [1928] by Virginia Woolf
    A rambunctious comic masterpiece
    Harvest 8x5¼ pb [5/93] for $10.40
    book entry at Wikipedia

    "Pan's Labyrinth" fantasy film [2006]
    Directed by Guillermo del Toro

    "Pete's Dragon" live-action fantasy film [Aug 2016]
    Directed by David Lowery - with Oakes Fegley as Pete and the amazing animation of Elliot the Dragon

    "Pirates of The Caribbean"
    is detailed on the 'Pirates of The Caribbean' Movies Page at Magic Lantern

    "The Princess Bride" fantasy film [Oct 1987]
    Directed by Rob Reiner - one of the most-quoted films ever

    "The Purple Rose of Cairo"
    [Orion Pictures March 1985]
    Purple Rose of Cairo video  A Depression-era waitress goes to the movies for escape, and discovers that the hero of the movie has walked off the screen to escape into the real world • Written & directed by Woody Allen; starring Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Gil Shepherd, Danny Aiello, Dianne Wiest & Edward Herrmann; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005)
    MGM/UA widescreen DVD [11/2001] for $17.98
    Anchor bay color VHS [9/90] out of prodn/used
    full credits from IMDb

    "The Spiderwick Chronicles" fantasy film [Feb 2008]
    Directed by Mark Waters - it will be remembered for its treatment of the source material and fascinating characters

    "Star Wars" fantasy films
    especially "Episode IV: A New Hope" [May 1977] directed by George Lucas - the movie that literally changed the industry forever
    are detailed on the 'Star Wars' Movies Page at Magic Lantern

    "Star Wars really isn't a science-fiction film, it's a fantasy film and a space opera." — George Lucas at Sundance in 2015

    "The Story of Mankind"  [Warner Bros. Nov 1957]
    The Story of Mankind movie by Irwin Allen  The frame is a trial of Mankind before the High Judge (Cedric Hardwicke), somewhere in Outer Space, with The Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) defending against prosecutor The Devil (Vincent Price); evidence vignettes are acted by 25 major Hollywood stars • Co-produced & directed by Irwin Allen; adapted by Irwin Allen & Charles Bennett from the 1922 children's book by Henrik Van Loon; featuring Jim Ameche, Francis X. Bushman, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Helmut Dantine, Reginald Gardiner, Dennis Hopper {as Napoleon Bonaparte!}, Edward Everett Horton, Hedy Lamarr, Peter Lorre, Groucho & Harpo & Chico Marx, Virginia Mayo, Marvin Miller, Agnes Moorehead, Franklin Pangborn, Ziva Rodann, Cesar Romero, William Schallert, Marie Wilson, and Marie Windsor
    Warner Archive color DVD [10/2009] for $21.99
    full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
    Story of Mankind children's book by Henrik Van Loon  "The Story of Mankind" children's book [orig 1922]
    by Henrik Willem Van Loon [1882-1944]
    - book won the first Newberry Prize
    Wilder Publns 9¼x6¼ pb [3/2009] for $9.99
    Pocket mass pb [1940] out of print/used
    Cosimo Classics 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2006] for $31.45
    Benediction Classics illustrated 9x6 hardcover [11/2010] for $31.49
    book entry at Wikipedia

    "The Time Machine" fantasy novel by H.G. Wells [1866-1946]
    The thing that Wells got right back in 1895 is the split of society in twain, and the realization of his prophecy is already too apparent
    at the beginning of the XXIst Century – the eloi and the morlocks are today's Haves and Have-Nots. The 1960 film is a sci-fi classic;
    the 2002 release altered the adventure tale into an unrecognizable and weak love story (and is best forgotten).

    Time Machine 1960 movie  M.G.M. feature film [1960]
    Directed by George Pal, starring Rod Taylor & Yvette Mimieux; won Academy Award Oscar for Special Effects
    Turner Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [11/2010] for $11.58
    Warner letterbox color DVD [10/2000] out of prodn/used
    M.G.M. Video Limited Edition widescreen color DVD [12/2000] out of prodn/used
    Warner color VHS [3/2001] for $9.99
    Crescendo soundtrack CD [4/89] out of prodn/used
    full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

    Time Machine novel by H.G. Wells  "The Time Machine: An Invention" [1895 novel]
    Kindle Edition from Public Domain Books [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
    Kindle Edition from Halcyon Classics [7/2009] 25 books for 99¢ {sic}
    Tor mass pb [12/95] for $3.99
    Ace movie tie-in pb [12/2001] out of print/many, many used
    Morlock Night sequel to Time Machine by K.W. Jeter  "Morlock Night" [1979] by K.W. Jeter
    "What happened when the time machine returned . . ." A sequel to "The Time Machine" with the Morlocks invading Victorian London by time machine; considered the first 'steampunk' novel.
    {Call this the 'pulpy' sequel.}

    Grafton pb [5/89] out of print/rare (high priced}
    Daw mass pb [6/79] out of print/rare (high priced}
    Time Ships sequel to Time Machine by Stephen Baxter  "The Time Ships" [1995] by Stephen Baxter
    The Time Traveler's return from the future has altered that same future, so he must
    hop around thru Time before he can return to the proper future and save Weema.
    {Call this the 'philosophical' sequel.}

    Eos mass pb [11/95] for $7.99
    Voyager mass pb [9/95] out of print/used
    HarperCollins hardcover [2002] out of print/used
    Time Machine 2002  DreamWorks/Warner feature film [March 2002]
    Directed by Simon Wells & Gore Verbinski; starring Guy Pearce,
    Yancey Arias & Jeremy Irons
    full credits from IMDb

    "Willow" fantasy film [May 1988]
    Directed by Ron Howard - nominated for two Special Effects Oscars

    "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" fantasy film [June 1971]
    Directed by Mel Stuart; based on the book by Rouald dahl - with Gene Wilder

    "Wings of Desire" fantasy film  [Argos/Orion 1987]
    Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders  A brilliant, stunning, gorgeous subjective look at what it means to be human. "Luminously optimistic." Directed by Wim Wenders; German title "Der Himmel über Berlin" (Heaven Above Berlin); starring Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander & Peter Falk; many awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography & more; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
    Criterion Collection Blu-ray [11/2009] for $22.76
    MGM/UA widescreen DVD w/English subtitles [7/2003] out of prodn/many used
    MGM/UA color VHS w/English subtitles [6/2000] for $9.98
    Orion color VHS w/English subtitles [5/93] for $7.99
    Fine Line import soundtrack CD [5/90] for $18.04
    Nonesuch soundtrack CD [10/90] out of prodn/many used
    full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

    "Faraway, So Close" fantasy film  [Bioskop/Sony 1993]
    Faraway, So Close by Wim Wenders  The sequel to "Wings of Desire" (above), this film is superb in its own right.
    Directed by Wim Wenders; German title "In weiter Ferne, so nah!"; starring Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander & Nastasia Kinski; several awards for direction & cinematography
    Col/TriStar widescreen DVD w/Engl subtitles [9/2000] for $22.49
    Col/TriStar color VHS w/English subtitles [3/2000] out of prodn/used
    full credits from IMDb

    "The Wizard of Oz" fantasy film [Aug 1939]
    Directed by Victor Fleming, based on books by L. Frank Baum [1856-1919]
    is detailed on "The Wizard of Oz" 1939 Movie Page at Magic Lantern

    "Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)" animé feature film
    [Japan Aug 2016, USA April 2017]
    Your Name hit animé feature film   Overcame political tensions to break box-office records across Asia, including Most Popular Animé of All Time in Japan. High school girl Mitsuha lives in a small mountain town and dreams of someday going to live in Tokyo. Tokyo high school boy Taki works in an Italian restaurant and dreams of becoming an artist. One night they wake up in each other's body, which recurs randomly; they adjust and become accustomed to it. One night they are each watching the sky and see a shooting star and begin to want to meet in person. But something seems to prevent their meeting . . . • Written & directed by Makoto Shinkai; English script by Clark Cheng; music by Radwimps; Japanese voice actors include Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kaito Ishikawa, Kanon Tani, Masaki Terasoma, Sayaka Ohara, Kazuhiko Inoue, Chafûrin, Kana Hanazawa, Etsuko Ichi-hara, Masami Nagasawa; English voice actors include Ray Chase, Marc Diraison, Glynis Ellis, Catie Harvey, Kyle Hebert, Cassandra Morris, Laura Post, Ben Pronsky, H.D. Quinn, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh, Michael Sinterniklaas, Katy Vaughn, Scott Williams
    DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
    full credits at IMDbJapan movie siteUSA movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
    watch 3/2017 official English-dub trailer [1:46] at YouTube

    Your Name light novel by Makoto Shinkai  "Your Name" light novel [2016] by Makoto Shinkai
    Kindle Edition from Yen Press LLC [5/2017] for $7.99
    Yen On 8½x5¼ hardcover [5/2017] for $13.52
    Kadokawa Japanese-language 10¾x8¼ tankobon hardcover [6/2016] out of print/40+ used
    book entry at Wikipedia
    'Your Name' animé movie soundtrack album on CD & MP-3  "Your Name" animé movie soundtrack album on CD & MP-3 [2016] by Radwimps
    Caroline Deluxe Edition soundtrack CD [3/2017] 30 tracks on 2 disks for $9.49
    E.M.I./Caroline Intl. soundtrack CD [9/2016] 27 tracks for $16.98
    E.M.I./Caroline Intl. MP-3 soundtrack album download [11/2016] 27 tracks for $11.49
    soundtrack album entry at Wikipedia

    "Zoom" partly-animated fantasy film [Screen Media Films Sept 2016]
    'Zoom' partly-animated 2016 fantasy film  Filmed in Canada, Portugal & Brasil; comic book artist Emma pays the rent by painting faces on 'love doll' manikins; her cartoons about her film director dream man start asking why she is drawing him, while his movie is about a fashion model who escapes to Brasil and writes a novel about Emma's life; then a man from Buffalo special orders a manikin that looks like the fashion model which is loaded with drugs and delivered to the film director . . . • Directed by Pedro Morelli; written by Matt Hansen; music by Kid Koala; starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Alison Pill, Mariana Ximenes, Tyler Labine, Jason Priestley, Don McKellar, Claudia Ohana, Jennifer Irwin, Michael Eklund
    Cinedigm widescreen color DVD [10/2016] for $19.99
    full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
    watch 8/2016 official trailer [2:10] at YouTube


    A  Few  Important  People

    SFX wizard Ray Harryhausen [1920-2013] Page

    producer-director George Lucas Page

    SFX wizards Theodore & Howard Lydecker

    pioneer Georges Méliès [1861-1938] of France Page

    animator Hayao Miyazaki of Japan Page

    SFX wizard George Pal [1908-80]

    'Claymation' animator Will Vinton


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