The 11-year-old Jason goes searching for treasure on his ship, the Argo, along with Hercules, Castor, Pollux, Orpheus and a crew of other Greek princes. Their first stop is the island Dolionen, whose inhabitants they accidentally kill. After this catastrophe the Argonauts reach the island Lemnos, where only women live. They discover the secret of the island and its inhabitants. Then they come to the Symplegaden, two floating cliffs which mark the entry to straits with constantly changing tides. With intelligence and inventiveness they negotiate the passage. Finally they reach the mythical land of Kolchis. Medea, the powerful daughter of the king, falls in love with Jason and helps him in his fight for the Golden Fleece. The Argonauts flee across the sea with the furious people of Kolchis in hot pursuit behind.
In contrast to the traditional saga the Argonauts don't overcome their dangers through their heroic courage or help from the Gods. They survive by virtue of their good sense. Divine powers are explained logically away and the Argonauts reach their goal because they have used the natural intelligence they have, rather than leaving it up to the Gods.
02: A successful example of a no-nonsense approach to popularizing ancient art.
03: Among the many attempts to bring ancient myths to the screen, this film is, thanks to its quirky and straightforward freshness, unusually delightful.
Ponkie, Abendzeitung München, 13.01.1972
04: A lesson to producers, actors and consumers of television in how to re-discover the joy of storytelling. The film also shows how to awaken one's awareness of reality by pure and simple make-believe.
c.h. Handelsblatt, 14.01.1972
05: The film deals with an event in mankind's early history: one of the first victories of the human mind over magic. It is a victory which has far-reaching consequences and which starts the process of growing up which every person has to go through. It seems all too fitting that the Argonauts are children.
rev., Neue Züricher Zeitung, 15.01.1972
06: All in all a successful example of how to tell the stories which form the basis of our education and knowledge in a lively and adventurous manner.
Wolfgang Ruf, Kirche und Fernsehen Nr. 2, 15.01.1972