Mandi Bierly
July 30, 2010 AT 05:15 PM EDT

The trailer for Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage may have you scratching your head until you realize that it’s an homage to Ray Harryhausen’s Dynamation. Then, you hope that Patrick Stewart, whose voice fills the preview, knows what he’s doing and that this will do Harryhausen, who turned 90 last month, proud. Watch the trailer below, along with a crash course on Dynamation — a combination of “animation, normal human action, and trick photo effects in color” as seen in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. (“The out-flung arm of the sleeping princess actually shrinks before your eyes. This effect was achieved by taking the camera back slowly for 40 feet. To prevent the slightest movement of the arm, Kathryn Grant was tied to a stake, remaining motionless and scarcely even breathing.” Awesome.)

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