Saddle up your burro, because The Valley of Gwangi is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the moview poster or the title above to download our review of the film,
featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.
Review in a Nutshell: Essentially a re-telling of King Kong without the troubling racial subtext, The Valley of Gwangi pits real cowboys against stop-motion animation dinosaurs. The visual effects by Ray Harryhausen are outstanding.
Did this movie just come out on a new DVD/Blu-Ray version? Terry Frost of THE MARTIAN DRIVE-IN PODCAST just reviewed it as well….
I missed it in theatres when it came out – I was a kid and remember the posters fondly, but somehow I never got to see it. I think it came out in foreign Army bases (which got movies about the same time as drive-ins Stateside did) about the time we were moving back to the U.S., and by the time my family got settled back home it was gone. I don’t know how it never ended up on television or cable when I was able to see it, either – so I’d like to fix that, if I could.
To answer a question someone mentioned, “Laika” is a studio up in Portland, Or that was originally founded as Will Vinton Studios in the last century. They’re known for the feature films “Coraline” and “ParaNorman”. I saw Coraline personally and loved what they did there and hope they can continue to surprise us with more in the future if they aren’t still in a slump.
I also remember that mammoth sloth thing too Paul! That was one of the things that was featured in this building at the Toledo Zoo, though I probably forgot much of what was there since they tend to bring in new things from time to time.