Planet of Dinosaurs chronicles the adventures of a group of starship crash survivors on an uncharted world populated by, well, dinosaurs. As they struggle to survive on the hostile planet, they find themselves plagued by the attentions of a ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex, and soon come to the conclusion that if they are to have any future at all, the savage carnosaur has to go.
horrible!) -I mean, c'mon, the only "name" in the cast is James Whitworth (The Hills Have Eyes)! - and the story is paper-thin. Even the locations - mostly Vasquez Rocks and its environs - are overly familiar from TV shows and B-Westerns. But the stop-motion effects are great, and many of the people who worked on them went on to bigger productions, like Jason of Star Command and The Empire Strikes Back.
King Kong’s effects genius, Willlis O’Brien.
Like I said, it's not a good film. But I've also been pretty honest on this blog in admitting that I can put up with a lot of crap in order to enjoy well-crafted, handmade special effects. And the stop-motion sequences in this film - if not quite up to Ray Harryhausen or Jim Danforth standards - are very well done and very enjoyable. The animation models are nicely detailed and move believably, and the animators even throw in a few nice homages to previous stop-motion films. There's a monster in one scene that's a dead ringer for Harryhausen's "Rhedosaur" from The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, for example.
Planet in several of his B-movies, including The Phantom Empire and Wizards of the Demon Sword).
Ultimately, it's only worth hunting down if you're an obsessive fan of 70s sci-fi and stop-motion animation... and I'm both.