11. The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy – Willis H. O’Brien

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SUMMARY: Three cavemen vie for the affections of a cavewoman, while a vicious apeman known as Wild Willie searches for food.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy’ is a fun, unassuming little comedy adventure which is notable for being one of the earliest examples of Willis O’Brien’s stop motion animation. A rare completely animated O’Brien film, this is not a patch on the amazing work he would go on to do on ‘The Lost World’ and, most famously, ‘King Kong’, but it has elements of both these animated masterpieces in embryonic form, including a very early take on the ape vs. dinosaur battle. The plot is silly and the animation comparatively crude by the standards of O’Brien’s better known films but ‘The Dinosaur and the Missing Link’ is, nonetheless, a charming little curio.

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