“Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie” is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will include original art and models from five 20th century Harryhausen classics: “Clash of the Titans,” “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” and “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.”
Harryhausen created Dynamation, his own signature stop-motion animation process that made his miniature creatures appear life-size on the silver screen. Included in the nearly 150 artifacts on exhibit at SMO will be the original armatures of Cyclops from “7th Voyage of Sinbad,” Skeleton Warriors and Hydra from “Jason and the Argonauts” and Medusa, the Kraken, Bubo the Owl and Pegasus from “Clash of the Titans.”
The exhibition is part of the Harryhausen Foundation’s #Harryhausen100, a countdown to Harryhausen’s centennial on June 20, 2020. Now in its 30th year, the foundation archives, preserves and restores the Harryhausen collection and works to educate the public about his unique contributions to film history.
Admission to “Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie” is included with general admission. The exhibition will be open to museum guests during regular hours from July 29 to Dec. 3.
Photo 1: Ray Harryhausen stands with his Kraken model during production for the 1981 film “Clash of the Titans.” Photo courtesy of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
Photo 2: Ray Harryhausen’s Kraken model, from the 1981 film “Clash of the Titans,” and Hydra from the 1963 film “Jason and the Argonauts.” Photo by Andy Johnson for The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
Photo 3: Ray Harryhausen works with a Skeleton Warrior model from the 1958 film “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.” Photo courtesy of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
Photo 4: Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa model, from the 1981 film “Clash of the Titans,” and a Centaur from the 1963 film “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.” Photo by Andy Johnson for The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
Photo 5: Ray Harryhausen, pictured with the mechanical Bubo the Owl from the 1981 film “Clash of the Titans.” Photo by Andy Johnson for The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
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