The year 2020 marks the 100th birthday of the legendary animator Ray Harryhausen. Ray’s daughter, Vanessa Harryhausen, John Walsh, and Connor Heaney relive the life and career of Harryhausen, and to discuss his most iconic creations.
Ray began his film career as a stop-motion animator on The Might Joe Young (1949). Some of his most famous films are Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., Eye of the Tiger, and Clash of the Titans.
To celebrate his film legacy, the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation are creating an exhibition at the National Gallery of Edinburgh. Why Edinburgh? Ray’s wife, Diana is related to the famous explorer David Livingston.
This collection was curated to include many fan favorites. These include the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts, the Gorgon and Bobo the Owl from Clash of the Titans, among many others.
Harryhausen has been instrumental in assisting the careers of many great special effects artists such as Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London and Planet of the Apes) and Phil Tippet (Star Wars).
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