The Dinosaur and the Missing Link (film #3 on Creature Silent Feature (Creepy Classics). Also, extra #2 on Dinosaurs! (Simitar Entertainment, 1993). Also, film #3 on Origins of American Animation. Also, film #3 on Willis O'Brien Films (LSVideo)). [Category: Early Film & TV]

This early example of stop-motion animation is prehistoric in more than one sense. It was probably one of the first films to pair cavemen and dinosaurs, even though that match is historically inaccurate. But on the other hand, what's the fun of a caveman movie without dinosaurs? Here it's played for broad slapstick comedy, though it's so creaky it's hard to follow what's going on. Still, the look of some of the "prehistoric" creatures is quite strange, creating a bit of interest. The ending is missing (and probably lost). A Willis O'Brien film.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: **.

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