Last week, after I told JGenius I just saw a girl
with yellow seagull feet, he reminded me of a
cinema moment we both experienced as kids:
“that old Sinbad movie with the witch "Zenobia" in it.
She took some potion that transformed her into a seagull
to do some spying and shenanigans, but then some oaf
knocked over her little precious vile of potion and there
was not enough to transform her all the way back to her
human form and she was left with a seagull foot.
She moaned "NOT ENOUGH, NOT ENOUGH!!!"
as the camera slowly panned down to reveal the
hideous seagull foot. That image haunts me to this day.”
Which made me remember when Ray Harryhausen
came to my home town a few years ago. Harryhausen
is the creator of those marvelous creatures from the Sinbad
movies, and many more besides. I would watch them on
the Saturday afternoon Sci-Fi Theater on Channel 11.
I made Mr. Harryhausen a cardboard key to the city
shaped like his Ymir creature (from 20 Million Miles
To Earth) and painted it gold with welcoming lettering.
When I handed it to him he said, “Ah, my old friend…”