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The "-Ographies": Filmography, Videography, Bibliography


Pal made countless other advertising films for such clients as Shell Oil and Alka-Seltzer. He also made training films for the US Army, which may still be classified.

Rare stills from Pal's Shell Oil work... provided by Mark Milano!

Video Availability of Puppetoons:

The Puppetoon Movie (1987) (1:20) (IVE Entertainment)
Out-of-print tribute to Pal, hosted by Gumby! Includes excellent prints of Sleeping Beauty, Tulips Shall Grow, Together in the Weather, John Henry and the Inky-Poo, Philips Cavalcade, Jasper in a Jam, and Tubby the Tuba, and excellent FRAGMENTS of The Big Broadcast of '38, The Little Broadcast, Hoola Boola, and Southsea Sweethearts.
Look around... this is fairly easy to find for rental in the "Children's section" of video stores. Gumby and Tubby the Tuba dominate the cover.
Available on VHS and laserdisc from Anchor Bay Entertainment: 800 786-8777 ext. 4076.

The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1986)
A feature-length documentary on Pal by Arnold Leibovit Productions. I still haven't seen it, but I've heard only positive things about it.
Available on VHS from :Fantasy Worlds; c/o PO Box 80141 Las Vegas, NV 89180

The Best of George Pal (Video Dimensions)
Includes Cavalcade of Music, Sleeping Beauty, Captain Kidding, Sky Pirates, Jasper in a Jam, The Little Broadcast, John Henry and the Inky Poo, Tubby the Tuba, and more... I'm trying to find out what "more" is.
Available ON-LINE at The Picture Palace, $19.99.

Video Yesteryear Collections
The following 3 listings are on compilation videotapes from Video Yesteryear at $14.95 each. You can order from Video Yesteryear via e-mail:video@yesteryear.com.

Cartoon Classics in Color #6 (Order #1871)
Includes "Jasper and the Haunted House".

Cartoon Classics #10 (Order #1914)
Includes "Sleeping Beauty" amd "Love on the Range"

Cartoon Classics in Color #7 (Order #1900)
Includes "Jasper in a Jam" --- NOTE: This print has a scratch throughout.

Pal's Live-action feature films:

The Great Rupert (1950) Animated, intelligent squirrel stars in otherwise live-action comic adventure, starring Jimmy Durante.
Video availability unknown

Destination Moon (1950) Classic, but dated, SF won Academy Award for special effects.
The first "serious" attempt at a film about space flight includes a Woody Woodpecker "training" short, a nod to Pal's training films for the Army, and a job for his friend, animator Walter Lantz!
VHS availability unknown. Out-of-print laserdisc is average quality.
This still is from a publicity stunt in Europe to promote the release of Destination Moon.

When Worlds Collide (1951) Classic SF, Academy Award for special effects.
Still excellent disaster movie.
Available on VHS or a beautiful stereo, CAV laserdisc

Houdini (1953) Fictionalized bio starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh
Video availability unknown.

War of the Worlds (1953) Classic SF, Academy Award for special effects.
Still phenomenally good entertainment.
Available on VHS or a beautiful stereo, CAV laserdisc

The Naked Jungle (1954) South-American soldier ants on the march!
Stars Charlton Heston. I haven't seen it, but it is supposedly good.
Video availability unknown.

Conquest of Space (1955) Pal never forgave Paramount for tinkering with this.
Excerpt from Michael Weldon's "The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film":
"The story includes an only-in-the-'50s ending. The captain decides that a trip to Mars is a blasphemy against God and tries to sabotage the landing. When the crew lands on Christmas day and is about to die of thirst, the friendly guy in the sky shows his approval by making it snow!". A follow-up to "Destination Moon".
Video availability unknown.

tom thumb (1958) Live-action musical with Puppetoons.
Stars cult actor Russ Tamblyn as "tom". Tamblyn recently starred in "Twin Peaks" as Dr. Jacobi and "The Cabin Boy" as Chalki, half-man, half-shark! Also stars Peter Sellers!
Available on VHS or a letterboxed laserdisc.

The Time Machine (1960) Classic S-F, animated effects.
Available on VHS or a letterboxed laserdisc.

Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1961) What happened to Atlantis?
Available on VHS

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
Filmed in Cinerama, so if you haven't seen it in a theater or letterboxed (on disc or cable), you've missed over 1/2 the picture.
Available on VHS or a letterboxed laserdisc.

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) Academy Award for Make-up, nominated for Effects
One of Pal's best, in my opinion. Tony Randall (yes) plays Dr. Lao, an ancient Chinese magician of some sort who forces inhabitants of a small town to take a new look at life. Michael Jackson wants to remake this. Please don't let him.
Available on VHS or a letterboxed laserdisc.

The Power (1968) Two telekinetics, one good, one evil, battle.
A flop at the time, but it's supposed to be quite good. Kind of like Scanners without Cronenberg.
Video availability unknown.

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) Based on the pulp magazine/novel hero.
I haven't seen it, and I've read ONLY bad things about it. An unfortunate last film.
Video availability unknown.

Pal didn't get the chance to make:
(thanks Starlog, December 1980, for the following)

Logan's Run, When the Sleeper Wakes: Both were "yanked away from him at the last moment."

The Swords of Galahad, Pander's People, After Worlds Collide, The Last Revolution, and a sequel to "The Time Machine": No studio interest.


George Pal in Holland: 1934-1939 (1983) By Ole Schepp and Fred Kamphuis
I can't read Dutch, but the behind-the-scenes stills are incredible... you're seeing many of them here!
Available at the Netherlands Filmmuseum, if you're in the neighborhood.
Thanks, Paul Kusters!

Wild Cartoon Kingdom #4: Puppetoons with filmography... I can't find a copy! Help!

The Films of George Pal (1977) Out-of-print, I haven't found it.

Cinefantastique, Vol. 1, #14: "The Five Faces of George Pal"

Starlog, December 1980: "From Puppetoons to the Power"

Masters of Animation (1987): John Halas... worked with Pal, among others. Claims Pal turned out 1 short per day during his early advertising career... is this even possible?!?

The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film: Michael Weldon... invaluable synopses of Pal's feature films which I haven't yet seen. Also, the Destination Moon still is from here!

As usual, any corrections/additions to this Film/Videography are welcome.

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This page was first posted December 1, 1996.
Last revised on 3/16/97.