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From the land beyond beyond, from the world past hope and fear, I bid you, The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day, now appear!

Published at: June 6, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I hope you guys know why all last week my BTS pics were so Spielberg-centric. In anticipation of posting the big interview today I planned to have a sweet Ray Harryhausen pic, since he’s such a big part of the chat, and… well, do I need a reason to celebrate the awesomeness that is Ray Harryhausen?

Hell no, I don’t! The man’s a legend and also one of the most humble, sweetest dudes you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. I’ve never gotten to spend any real time with him, but I’ve briefly talked to him two or three times and it was always a pleasure.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is arguably his best fantasy work. I say arguably because I get in moods when Clash of the Titans can’t be beat and then it’s Jason and the Argonauts… and then I start comparing his fantasy stuff to his sci-fi stuff and we all know 20 Million Miles To Earth is the best… or is it It Came From Beneath the Sea? I think Ymir wins…

Anyway, here’s the master at work on that pissed off chained up dragon from 7th Voyage. It’s a nice sharp pic that makes me want to watch that movie. AGAIN.

Thanks to a reader John Ashbrook for sending this one along! Click to embiggen!

 

 

 

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at quint@aintitcool.com.

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is lookin’ at you…

-Quint
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  • June 6, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    first bitches

    by disfigurehead

  • June 6, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    You are on a fucking roll, Quint.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 6, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Love love love his stuff

    by macheesmo3

    The one thing I think that gets lost about RH is not just the stop motion is so good, but the quality of the models is just amazing and unique! He had a defenite style but was so good at characterization! a master......

  • June 6, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    oh and yeah, first and al that hubub

    by macheesmo3

  • June 6, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Ray Harryhausen is the man

    by disfigurehead

    I'll take his stop motion any day over crappy CGI

  • June 6, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    It has got to be Jason and the Argonauts

    by Righteous Brother

    although I'm partial to The Beast From 20, 000 fathoms.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    So when Harry eventually kicks it Quint gets the site, right?

    by tbransonlives

    That's my way of saying "Awesome job, bro."

  • June 6, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    hmmm...

    by macheesmo3

    Jason and the Argonauts is awfully good..... tough to think of ANY stop motion better than that one. Though, anything with his name on it ensures at LEAST some entertaining creature work.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    and no one posts CAPTAIN AMERICA TV SPOTS?? WTF?

    by evilnik

    http://screenrant.com/green-lantern-power-ring-captain-america-tv-spots-sandy-118096/

  • June 6, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    and oh Harryhausen ruled. yep.

    by evilnik

    Medusa from COTT? still scares the shit!

  • June 6, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Are you sure that's not a photo of Harry's Colonoscopy?

    by JethroBodine

    Dangerous stuff that.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    tomorrow Taxi Driver?

    by Tigger Tales

    just kidding.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Harryhausen ruled? Harryhausen rules!

    by Cartagia

    Though, looking at his IMDb (to confirm that he is in fact, still alive and kicking ass) his list of credits is surprisingly small. But it doesn't matter, because they are all golden. Also, speaking of Harryhausen's age. I had a dream last night that Christopher Lee died. I woke up all freaked out and sad.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Three for three quint

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    As cube said, damn i gotta say it was a good day.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    I'm glad to be so old....

    by zinc_chameleon

    because I got to see The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad when it first came out in the theatres in 1958 (I was a little kid). It's hard to describe how hard that movie hit the kids of the 1950s; there wasn't anything like it for almost a decade after.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Valley of Gwangi

    by Artemis Webb

    Cowboys and a T-Rex (kinda). There is NOTHING cooler than that.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Golden Voyage of Sinbad is mad underrated

    by Ice Paul

    They made the stuff smaller, but it all gelled really well I think Also Caroline Munro all up in that piece

  • June 6, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Real neat

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 6, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    gotta say

    by Dollar Bird

    Harryhausen's ability to give his animations character is what really sets him apart from now. And he did it through more than just good animating, it's in the look of the creatures, too. I think of that allosaurus that attacks the Shell tribe in "One Million B.C." Or Ymir. Or Medusa. Or any number of creations. They all had a feel that was just on the side of fantasy that let them be more than animals. I like to think of how that Tyrannosaurus scratches his ear when he emerges from the jungles to fight Kong in the original. It's such a minor moment, but lends just a little bit more life to the effect. That's the kind of little stuff I miss most when watching the majority of today's CGI creatures. It seems most of the time, you're supposed to be in awe, but it just looks like blurry mountains of skin and teeth. So, yeah. Today's stuff lacks an artist's hand or craftsmanship and no one scratches their ear anymore. Ah well. Ignore me. I'm blathering.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    oops

    by Dollar Bird

    And here I was originally going to post about how under-rated I think "Golden Voyage" and "Eye of the Tiger" were. That baboon puppet is great, even if the sound effects are "wha?" And the saber-toothed tiger? Gorgeous. (And who doesn't love it when that witch ends up with a bird foot for the rest of the movie.) Both of those movies played on UHF channels all the time when I was a kid and I devoured them. I was always disappointed when Saturday afternoon's didn't feature a film like that. There is a part of me that hopes someone would make a fantasy film along those lines again, but I doubt it. Heaven knows "Prince of Persia" and Neo"Clash of the Titans" weren't going to be it.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    "Hey, hey, hey! Watch the hands, buddy!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • June 6, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    @ dollar bird

    by Ice Paul

    For years I wanted them to make a great remake of Clash of the Titans, the result was so meh though, such a shame Parts of Eye of the Tiger are great, I watched the 3 Sinbads recently though and that was the one that I felt came in 3rd place, still lots of awesome stuff in it, just felt like there needed to be some more WOW creatures in it though

  • June 6, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    You should have your own site Quint!

    by alienindisguise

  • June 7, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Ymir FTW!

    by blakindigo

    What an amazing character.

  • they all site Harryhausen as their greatest inspiration. Even more so than Willis O'Brien, since Ray worked for so many decades, producing so many classic characters. Which is really the key to his genius. They were never monsters, but living breathing characters.

  • June 8, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    I show this film to my fourth graders...

    by Mephisto the Great

    ...every final week of school. These 10-year olds are skeptical about "old-fashioned cheesy special effects." (I had one kid ask, "where's the CGI?") Yet every year, I watch these kids as they watch the film. When the skeleton comes alive, their mouths gape open. They love it. Harryhausen is awesome; he has the power to amaze children even today.