Friday 23 June 2017

Harryhausen creations on display

Ray Harryhausen's creations will go on display in London
Ray Harryhausen's creations will go on display in London

Movie animator Ray Harryhausen's menagerie of sinister monsters have been gathered together for fans to relive his pioneering moments.

The special effects guru was behind dozens of stop-motion creatures which featured in films such as the original Clash Of The Titans and Jason And The Argonauts.

Many of his best known "dynamation" figures are to go on display in an exhibition at London Film Museum to celebrate the movie magician's 90th birthday.

Harryhausen is seen as the father of special effects, his outlandish figures convincing audiences skeletons could walk or figures from Greek myths were flesh and blood.

Other films included One Million Years BC - which saw him create a 4in body double for Raquel Welch as she fled dinosaurs - as well as The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Mighty Joe Young.

Among his best known and frightening figures was the Medusa from his final film, Clash Of The Titans.

His models and artwork will be on display at the museum at London's County Hall on the South Bank.

Figures which inspired him will also be shown, including a model of King Kong from the 1933 film, which was made by his mentor Willis O'Brien.

The exhibition opens on June 29, the animator's 90th birthday.

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