My Hero Ray Harryhausen

Submitted by shirlie williams April 3rd, 2011
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One of my treasured moments, meeting my all time hero Mr Ray Harryhausen, who’s work I have loved since a small child. Ray is the king of stop motion, before the advent of computers for camera motion control and CGI, movies used a variety of approaches to achieve animated special effects. One approach was stop-motion animation.

My all time favourite is Jason and The Argonauts, for years I had nightmares about the Harpies, but Talos the creaking bronze giant is still my favourite. To me nothing beats watching stop motion, it has that raw power that still entrances me as much today as it did over 40 yrs ago.

Just missing from the picture is one of the original skeletons that he brought along , it came with its own coffin and was only 6 in high. Seated at the table is Tony Dalton author and curator of the RH Collection.

This took place in Libertys Store London on Feb 11th 2010, Karl was in charge of taking the photos and managed to get one non blurry pic. I was second in the queue and was so excited I thought I would faint…

6 Responses to “My Hero Ray Harryhausen”

  1. Allee Willis

    So great you got to meet him! He’s so legendary!!

    One of our aKitschionados here at AWMOK is a stop motion master. Snappy P co-created and co-produced many more contemporary things like a few of the early Peter Gabriel videos and most of the stop motion on Pee wee’s Playhouse.

    So greatly that you got this photo!

  2. denny

    This is pretty amazing. I had a moment like this when I actually got a hug and kiss from Dame Shirley Bassey at a backstage “meet & greet”. Inside I had a complete fit when she rubbed my cheek and exclaimed “darling, green is your color”………

    Good for you! What a treasured experience!

  3. Mark Milligan

    Shirlie I still remember Jason and the Argonauts, and it gave me nightmares too. Those skeletons in the swordfights!

    How cool that you met that Dude.

  4. Michael Ely

    One of my heroes too. I grew up being thrilled by his magic at afternoon movie matinees. Two of my favorites were “Mighty Joe Young” and “Mysterious Island.”

  5. windupkitty

    noooooooooooooooooooo waaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would not have been able to handle meeting him, I don’t think……When I was a kid, Ray Harryhausen changed the way I saw the world..I jsut could not believe how magnificent his movies were…..they still knock me out….

    last year, I was browsing a blockbuster video with a kid I babysit…he was grouchy and bored and certainly not going to take suggestions from me…when he reached for Mysterious Island, I held my breath….luckily he had the good sense to take it home and at first was shrieking”this is SO fake!!” And I kept saying , but it’s funny (now it is anyway) and just think about what this looked like before things like Avatar were around…we had long talks about the film afterward and it was just so great…

    Ray Harryhausen was a genius and I don’t even have words to express how much I admire what he did….stop motion animation just completely awes me and I truly love it….the stop motion on Pee Wee’s Playhouse was something I looked forward to every Saturday partly because I could not wait for the cartoons…the intro tot he show was never missed by was my favorite thing…I was actually Penny for Halloween one year too….Snappy P is definitely my hero too….