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The Story Of King Midas, a stop-motion classic by Ray Harryhausen (1953)

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What will happen when King Midas tries to become the wealthiest man in the world? In Ray Harryhausen‘s version of The Story of King Midas, a mysterious being appears out of thin air to give the greedy king the power to turn all things he touches to gold.

This 1953 animation by the pioneering stop-motion filmmaker is a retelling of the Greek myth, a cautionary tale about considering what matters and reflecting upon the consequences of what you wish for.

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Harryhausen is best known for his work on Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts. The above film was one of a few children’s stories that he created early in his career

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Watch Harryhausen’s Mother Goose Stories next.

Then watch these classic animated shorts:
• The Hoarder (1969) by Evelyn Lambart
• The North Wind and the Sun: A Fable by Aesop
• Hedgehog in the Fog
• 2ⁿ, a story of the power of numbers from the 1961 Mathematica exhibit

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