The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal
Rod Taylor appears in several sequences of this documentary about special
effects wizard George Pal. In particular, Rod introduces "The Time Machine" sequence and narrates a portion
The documentary was produced, written and directed by Arnold
Leibovit. It examines George Pal's career, from his early
days in Hungary and Germany making short films with puppets and simple special
effects techniques involving painting and glass.
Pal came to Hollywood following the rise of Naziism, and became a pioneer
of stop-action animation, first with his "Puppetoons," then with
During the 1950s, Pal turned out major science fiction hits on small
budgets. He collected five academy awards for special effects, including
one for "The Time Machine." His cinematic legacy can be traced
today in the works of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Gene Roddenberry.