Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Born this day: Ray Harryhausen

Unlike Michael (our absent Palaeoblogger), I don't have in depth knowledge of the comic book/dinosaur graphic art and movie domain. However, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that on this day in history, Ray Harryhausen was born in 1920 (fortunately, he is still with us today).

Known primarily for his stop-motion animation work in the movies "Jason and the Argonauts" and "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad", he is widely considered to be one of the giants in movie animation. Many directors making movies today - including Peter Jackson - count Harryhausen as a major influence in their movie making, making his work highly relevant today.

Happy 85th Birthday, Ray!

Here are some links to sites about Ray Harryhausen and his work:
  • Jason and the Argonauts Information Page
  • "The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen" - a tribute site with many pictures and trailers
  • A February, 2000 interview from Animation World Magazine