Review Ray Harryhausen

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Raymond Frederick Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013) was an American-British artist, designer, visual effects creator, writer and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as "Dynamation".[2]

His most memorable works include: working with his mentor Willis H. O'Brien on the animation for Mighty Joe Young (1949), his first color film, which won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects; The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958); and Jason and the Argonauts(1963), which featured a famous sword fight with seven skeleton warriors. His last film was Clash of the Titans (1981), after which he retired.

Harryhausen moved to the United Kingdom, became a dual US-UK citizen and lived in London from 1960 until his death in 2013. During his life, his innovative style of special effects in films inspired numerous filmmakers including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, John Lasseter, Peter Jackson, John Landis, Joe Dante, Henry Selick, Tim Burton, James Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Guillermo del Toro and Wes Anderson.



 
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Filmography

Feature films
Short films
  • How to Bridge a Gorge (also known as How to Build a Bridge) (1942) (producer)
  • Tulips Shall Grow (1942) (chief animator)
  • Guadalcanal (1943) (director, 10 minutes)
  • Mother Goose Stories (1946) (producer)
  • The Story of Little Red Riding Hood (1949) (producer, animator)
  • The Story of Rapunzel (1951) (producer)
  • The Story of Hansel and Gretel (1951) (producer)
  • The Story of King Midas (1953) (producer)
  • The Story of The Tortoise & the Hare (2002) (director, co-producer, animator)
Interviews and acting
Unrealized projects
  • The Jupiter Project (1937): A Flash Gordon–like adventure in which a spaceship lands on Jupiter and encounters a multi-armed creature
  • Evolution of the World (also known as Evolution) (1940)
  • War of the Worlds (1949)
  • Food of the Gods (1949): Based on a story by H. G. Wells
  • The Valley of the Mist (1950): An unrealized Willis O'Brien project about the discovery of an Allosaurus in a lost valley. The concept later became the basis for Harryhausen's 1969 film The Valley of Gwangi.
  • Baron Munchausen (1950)
  • The Elementals (1952): Harryhausen wrote the original outline story about bat creatures that nest in the Eiffel Tower and terrorize Paris, France; he sold the idea for development to Jack Dietz in 1953, but the project, after several scripts—including one by Ray Bradbury—languished. A test sequence was nonetheless filmed showing Harryhausen battling one of the bat creatures on a hill.[43]
  • The Tortoise and the Hare (1953); This project was actually completed in 2002.
  • Tarzan and the Ant Men (1960): Dropped due to difficulties in obtaining rights to the Tarzan franchise
  • Food of the Gods (1961)
  • Skin and Bones (1963): Based on the novel by Thorne Smith about a photographer who invents a compound that makes him invisible
  • Sinbad and the 7 Wonders of the World (1981)
  • Sinbad Goes to Mars (also known as Sinbad on Mars; Sinbad's Voyage to Mars) (1981)
  • People of the Mist (1983): Based on an H. Rider Haggard story; planned for British director Michael Winner; dropped by Harryhausen due to Winner's insistence on radically changing the story
  • Force of the Trojans (1984): A version, with mythological creatures, of Aeneas and his journey after the fall of Troy; a sequel to Clash of the Titans
  • The Story of Odysseus (1996–1998): Harryhausen was consultant on story development and character design for Carrington & Cosgrove Hall Productions


 

Doctor Omega

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I think it a bit of a loss that Ray basically quit movies after CLASH OF THE TITANS.

Medusa was a fantastic creation and got right everything that, imo, they got wrong in the Medusa of the remake.....


And I preferred the old Kraken too! :emoji_alien:



 
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