Dynamation! The 7th Voyage of Sinbad + Jason and the Argonauts: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)


“Harryhausen has been an inspiration to us all ... Without Ray Harryhausen, there would have been no Star Wars.” GEORGE LUCAS

“Harryhausen was, obviously, a genius, infinitely ahead of his time. He inspired us all with his skill and imagination.” J.J. ABRAMS

“Harryhausen stands alone as a technician, as an artist, and as a dreamer.” RAY BRADBURY

35mm PRINTS! The cinema lost one of its great magicians in May of this year with the death of visual-effects master and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen’s wondrous work is perhaps best represented by the fantastical, fondly-remembered adventures The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963), two iconic films mixing live-action actors and stop-motion models – of towering Cyclopes, giant two-headed birds, sword-fighting skeletons – in an intricate, inventive process Harryhausen called “Dynamation.” Both Sinbad and Jason are, for many, an indelible part of childhood movie memories; both were also important inspirations for many of the leading fantasy, science-fiction, and SFX filmmakers of the last forty years, from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to J. J. Abrams and Brad Bird. Born in Los Angeles in 1920, Harryhausen was himself inspired to take up stop-motion animation by 1933’s King Kong. His first feature work was as an assistant to King Kong animator Willis O’Brien on Mighty Joe Young (1949). Harryhausen’s dazzling creature-feature wizardry contributed to many a classic movie fantasy, including First Men on the Moon (1964), One Million Years B.C. (1966), and Clash of the Titans (1981). We pay tribute to this master of Dynamation with the duo of exciting adventure for which we and many others best remember him.

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