As a man of the Jewish faith, I am familiar with the trinity of great beasts of Jewish folklore: Behemoth, Leviathan and Ziz. Behemoth is said to be the "King of Beasts," Leviathan the "King of Fishes," and Ziz the "King of Birds." Behemoth and Leviathan have been known for making battle with one another. But where does Ziz fit into said conflict? Perhaps something to do with Ziz leads to Behemoth and Leviathan's confrontation, as can be discerned in three of my all-time favorite childhood films.
In "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," Leviathan is portrayed by a dragon, Ziz by a roc, and Behemoth by a Cyclops. The dragon in the film is a wingless, quadrupedal fire-breathing one that guards a wicked magician's castle inside a cave. The roc is portrayed as a giant, two-headed, cliff-nesting, vulture-like bird. The Cyclops is the second of two to appear, both with three-digit clawed hands, satyr-like legs, pointy ears, bald scalps, and horns on their heads similar to those of rhinoceroses. Captai