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Ray Harryhausen’s ‘Titans’ and ‘Sinbad’ Models Get An Exhibit [10 Photos]

Medusa by Ray Harryhausen

With the stop-motion sequences he created for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Clash of the Titans (1981), and other films, Ray Harryhausen pioneered 3D animation. Even though his specific techniques are largely out of fashion in the CGI era (though Nick Park perseveres), his vision and visions captivated viewers, particularly young ones. Some of them grew up to be the visionaries of today. Says Guillermo del Toro:

No one will ever compare to Ray Harryhausen. He was a true pioneer, a man who took the mantle of stop-motion and elevated it to an art form. Like all great monster makers, he worked almost single-handed. He was designer, technician, sculptor, painter and cinematographer all at once. To my generation, and to every generation of monster lovers to come, he will stand above all. Forever. His monsters made millions of lonely children smile and hope for a better world- a world populated by Cyclops and griffons and the children of the Hydra.

Tim Burton is a Harryhausen devotee, having used Harryhausen-esque stop-motion in Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride. Peter Jackson cites Harryhausen as an influence on King Kong and his Lord of the Rings films, even though those movies use CGI for their effects.

Harryhausen fans will be able to see some of his most famous pieces in May 2020, when the National Gallery of Scotland puts on a major exhibition celebrating what would have been the animator’s 100th birthday (he died in 2013). The show opens May 23, and runs through October. The museum, which is in the capital city of Edinburgh, has released press photos of the goods, and if these don’t take you back then nothing will.

For more information on the exhibit, visit the National Gallery of Scotland’s “Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema” page. You can also get more information on Harryhausen from the museum’s “Ray Harryhausen: The Grandfather of Stop-frame Animation” feature.

Skeletons Ray Harryhausen

Original Skeleton model. armatured skeleton, with Medusa shield, from Jason and the Argonauts, c.1962 and Original Skeleton model; octopus shield by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013), armature by Fred Harryhausen, c.1962 Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419) © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Photography: Sam Drake (National Galleries of Scotland)

Allosaurus Ray Harryhausen

Copy resin model Allosaurus from One Million Years B.C. c. 1965 by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419) © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Photography: Sam Drake (National Galleries of Scotland)

Skeleton Ray Harryhausen

Original Skeleton model from Jason and the Argonauts, 1963; octopus shield by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013), armature by Fred Harryhausen, c.1962 Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419) © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Photography: Sam Drake (National Galleries of Scotland)

Medusa Ray Harryhausen

Medusa model from Clash of the Titans, c.1979 by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419) © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Photography: Sam Drake (National Galleries of Scotland)

Kraken Ray Harryhausen

Model of the Kraken from Clash of the Titans, c.1980 by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419) © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Photography: Sam Drake (National Galleries of Scotland)

Cyclops Ray Harryhausen

Armature of Cyclops from ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’, stripped of latex. On wooden base by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)
Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419)
© The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) animating Skeleton model (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, 1958) © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419)

Kali Ray Harryhausen

Model of Kali by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) from The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, c.1973
Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419)
© The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

Minaton Ray Harryhausen

Model Minaton from Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, c.1975 by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419) © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Photography: Sam Drake (National Galleries of Scotland)

Talos Ray Harryhausen

Model Talos from Jason and the Argonauts, c.1962 by Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)
Collection: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419)
© The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

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