Suicide Girls, Avatars, Transformers, Power Rangers, Star Wars…all inspired by Harryhausen in one way or another.
I remember seeing The Seven Voyages of Sinbad when I was a little kid and it terrified me and at the same time fascinated me. It was one of those seminal moments in life when you say I want to do something like that. The creator of that movie along with many other magical films and programs was Ray Harryhausen, who died yesterday in London. He was 92.
I saw this article by Oliver Gettelli in the LA Times this morning and felt the need to express my thanks to Harryhausen for scaring me and inspiring me to create art. There are thousands of us who looked to him as an inspiration including Lucas, Spielberg and Cameron so celebrate his life and spend a little time getting to know his work, he may spark something in you too.
By Oliver Gettell May 7, 2013, 2:20 p.m.
Over the course of his imaginative and painstaking career, the stop-motion animation wizard Ray Harryhausen created some of the most dazzling effects to grace the silver screen, and all without the benefit of computer-generated imagery.
Following are but a few of Harryhausen’s memorable creations.
“Mighty Joe Young” (1949)
As a teenage boy, Harryhausen had been awestruck by the original “King Kong,” which was released in 1933, so the opportunity to work alongside that film’s animation guru, Willis O’Brien, on another giant-ape movie was something of a dream come true.
“Jason and the Argonauts” (1963)
Many of Harryhausen’s adventures were set in the ancient world, including 1958’s “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” and the groundbreaking “Jason and the Argonauts.” As trumpeted in the trailer below, “Jason” features such spectacles as “the towering bronze giant Thalos,” “vulturous harpies,” “the dreaded seven-headed hydra” and a “merciless army of skeletons.”
That last effect took four months to create for less than five minutes of screen time, Harryhausen told The Times in 2010.