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Willy McBean and his Magic Machine

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Director  Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Music director  Gene Forrell
Writer  Arthur Rankin Jr.
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Family
Country  United States Japan
Willy McBean and his Magic Machine movie poster
Release date  June 23, 1965 (1965-06-23) (USA)
Screenplay  Arthur Rankin, Jr., Antony Peters, Tony Peters
Cast  Larry D. Mann, Billie Mae Richards, Alfie Scopp, Paul Kligman, Bernard Cowan, Paul Soles
Similar movies  The Lego Movie, Worm Farm, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Mimic, A LEGO Brickumentary, Helden 06

Willy mcbean and his magic machine

Willy McBean and his Magic Machine is a 1965 full-length stop-motion puppet animation film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions in the United States and Dentsu Motion Pictures in Japan. It was distributed by Magna Pictures Distribution Corporation, and released in movie theaters on June 23, 1965. Its main theme is time travel. The film was also the first stop-motion animated feature produced in the United States since Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy.




Willy McBean and His Magic Machine Movie 1965

Willy McBean is sick of trying to learn history for school. Meanwhile, an evil scientist called Rasputin Von Rotten is building a magical time machine so he can go back in time and be the most famous person in history. A Spanish-English talking monkey named Pablo climbs through Willy's window. He explains that he escaped from Von Rotten and he tells Willy what he is planning to do. Pablo stole the plans to the time machine.


Willy builds his own machine to go back in time to stop Von Rotten. The machine isn't working properly. They end up with General George Armstrong Custer (1839–1876), and escape moments before Custer is killed.

Willy McBean and His Magic Machine Credits Behind The Voice Actors

They then arrive in the Wild West, where they meet Buffalo Bill Cody and his Indian pal, Sitting Bull. Von Rotten plans to become the fastest gun in the west. Von Rotten asks Bill for a showdown, but both guns are sabotaged before anyone can be shot.

Willy McBean and His Magic Machine Part 68 YouTube

Von Rotten moves onto his next target, Christopher Columbus. Once there, disguised as a Chinese trader, he convinces Columbus's crew that they should mutiny. Once more McBean and Pablo stop the evil professor by showing the crew that land is not far off.

Willy McBean and His Magic Machine Part 58 YouTube

After that, Von Rotten goes back to England in the days of King Arthur in the kingdom of Camelot, but Pablo and Willy get Arthur to pull Excalibur the magic sword that can talk. A talking green dragon then crashes into Camelot in an effort to eat everyone, but King Arthur and Excalibur are able to drive him away.

Willy and Pablo later go to Ancient Egypt to stop Von Rotten from building the Great Pyramid, but the duo reach Ancient Rome on the way. Then they go back to prehistoric times to encourage cavemen to invent fire and the wheel before Von Rotten.

As they return to the present, Von Rotten shows the students history through his magic machine (in the form of a movie projector) during history class.

Voice cast

  • Larry D. Mann as Professor Von Rotten
  • Billie Mae Richards as Willy McBean
  • Paul Soles as Pablo the Monkey
  • Alfie Scopp as Buffalo Bill Cody, The Dragon
  • Paul Kligman as Christopher Columbus
  • Bunny Cowan as Khufu, Ned the Caveman
  • Peggi Loder
  • Claude Ray
  • Corrine Connely
  • James Doohan
  • Production credits

  • Written, Produced, Directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr.
  • Associate Producers: Jules Bass, Larry Roemer
  • Associate Director: Kizo Nagashima
  • Soundtrack Supervision: Bernard Cowan
  • Music Supervision by Forrell, Thomas and Polack, Associates, Inc.
  • Music by Edward Thomas
  • Songs by Jim Polack, Edward Thomas, Gene Forrell
  • Animation Supervision: Tadahito Mochinaga (credited as Tad Mochinaga)
  • Puppet Makers: Ichiro Komuro, Kyoko Kita, Reiko Yamagata, Sumiko Hosaka (all uncredited)
  • Animation: Tadahito Mochinaga, Hiroshi Tabata, Takeo Nakamura, Fumiko Magari, Tadanari Okamoto, Koichi Oikawa (all uncredited)
  • Choreography: Edward Brinkmann
  • Continuity Design: Anthony Peters (credited as Antony Peters)
  • Additional Dialogue: Len Korobkin
  • a Videocraft/Dentsu picture
  • a Marshall Naify/Magna Pictures Distribution Corporation presentation
  • © 1965 Videocraft International, Limited and Dentsu Motion Picture Corporation.


  • The Magical Magic Machine (opening) - Chorus
  • Professor Rasputin Von Rotten (song) - Professor Rasputin Von Rotten
  • We Got Showbiz - Buffalo Bill Cody, Sitting Bull
  • Gotta Go West To Get East - Christopher Columbus, Sailors
  • I Am For Hire - Professor Rasputin Von Rotten (in his Chinese accent)
  • We're Knights Of The Round Table (Not Of The Square) - Knights, King Arthur, Merlin
  • I'm The Most Exciting, Horrible Dragon (In All Of Camelot) - The Dragon
  • Poorest Queen - Nefertiti, Tut
  • A Caveman's Lot - Ned the Caveman, Pablo the Monkey
  • The Magical Magic Machine (closing) - Chorus
  • References

    Willy McBean and his Magic Machine Wikipedia
    Willy McBean and his Magic Machine IMDb Willy McBean and his Magic Machine

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