Jason and the Argonauts

Movie review by
Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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A stop-motion animation masterwork.
  • G
  • 1963
  • 179 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Hercules' stealing imperil his fellow Argonauts. Jason steals, too. Harpies pester a blind man.

Violence & Scariness

Some swordplay and fighting. A woman is run through with an arrow.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some viewers may find an army of screeching, sword-wielding skeletons dismaying. Hercules' stealing imperils his fellow Argonauts. Harpies pester a blind man.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBigelmer October 13, 2013

The landmark stop-motion animation film

Considered THE masterpiece in stop-motion movie making. The realism may be lost of today's audience that is used to computer generated special effects. H... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 year old Written byG_from_Paris January 10, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byGreekFreak August 29, 2009

A long movie, but definitely a classic.

I saw this in my Latin class, and it blew my mind. It is an almost perfect Greek movie. The stop-motion effects are dazzling. And the acting is superb! A mu... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 29, 2017

Awesome!

But not very accurate to Greek mythology. Some scary moments.

What's the story?

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS recounts the Greek myth of Jason (Todd Armstrong), who is aided in his quest for the Golden Fleece by the Goddess Hera (Honor Blackman). Jason must overcome several obstacles before reaching his goal.

Is it any good?

The myth of Jason's quest to find a magical golden fleece comes vividly to life in this 1963 classic. Although plodding at times and bereft of humor, the movie will enchant grade-school children with its Greek gods and stop-motion creatures. Worth seeing for one of Ray Harryhausen's best-remembered effects sequences, a climactic battle against sword-wielding skeletons. If you haven't seen this one since you were a kid, you won't recall Todd Armstrong's Jason, or that the goddess Hera was played by Honor Blackman, who garnered attention the following year as the villainess with the suggestive name in Goldfinger. You won't remember the spectacular temple ruins of Paestum, but you'll be able to envision the winged harpies that swooped through them, not to mention the seven-headed Hydra and the enormous bronze statue of Talos that comes to life.

Before computers did a lot of this stuff, there were guys who built jointed models and spent months animating them by hand, frame by monotonous frame. Their creatures are the real stars of this picture. Though crude by today's standards, they have an enduring charm that will still excite kids today. Those willing to suffer through the first half hour's monster-less Greek plot development will find their patience more than rewarded by the climactic skeleton battle. Because the story revolves around Jason's quest for and subsequent pilfering of a magical Golden Fleece, parents may wish to reacquaint their children with the concept of stealing. While Jason isn't punished for his actions, Hercules is earlier on for robbing from the gods. That's a lesson no child will soon forget.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why stealing is wrong. They also may want to use it as jumping off point to talk about Greek myths. Perhaps it's time to start reading some of them together.

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