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RAY HARRYHAUSEN to be guest of honor at Ft. Worth Film Fest

Father Geek here with this bit of fun information. I've been fortunate enough to have met with the stop-motion animation legend several times over the last 25 years. He is wonderful in person and usually brings several of his original models and drawings with him to these appearances. Soooo mark your calendars and trek down, over, whatever to experience this master of the fantasy film genre...

Just thought that you might be interested to know that the special guest for the 2001 Fort Worth Film Festival is looking to be the one and only Ray Harryhausen.

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The festival is in October... a mere three hours from Geek Headquarters, so I hope to see you there.


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  • June 28, 2001, 3:50 a.m. CST

    What about Valley of the Gangi?

    by Jon L. Ander

    No one ever mentions that one and i'm sure Harryhausen worked on it. Cowboy's roping dinosaurs, what else do you want from a film?(your not allowed to say breasts)

  • June 28, 2001, 4:28 a.m. CST

    I thought you said The Valley of Ganja???

    by reni

    26th August - Ray Harryhausen and Forry Ackerman are presenting a restored print of King Kong in Manchester, Father Geek, come on book the day off and watch it with your Uncle Reni...

  • would have been a helluva lot more fun. His work just adds such a great visceral level of adventure....even though his work can't be considered an actual character, the spirit of the "magic" it has been missing since Indy last donned the golden fedora. It's ironic that all the best adventure work these days is coming from animation, i guess....

  • June 28, 2001, 10:02 a.m. CST

    When I Read About Some Droid Like Bryan Singer Saying That X-MEN

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...who had much less technology to work with but much more balls, brains and imagination.

  • June 28, 2001, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by lamecr

    I watched Valley Of The Gwangi on AMC a couple nights ago, with my 7 year old son. I hadn't seen it in about 30 years, but I thought it held up pretty well.There are a lot of better Harryhousen movies out there,though. Was Clash of the Titans his last one? My son is pretty tolerant of me and the stuff I persuade him to watch with me, he gave this one a marginal thumbs up. Bashful Bill

  • June 28, 2001, 1:11 p.m. CST

    CGI Vs Stopmotion Animation

    by Horus

    I think Ray Harryhausen called his technique DYNOMATION ! or SUPER-DYNOMATION! something like that .He used quite sophisticated ball and socket metal armitures , with a foam rubber {or in the earlier ones , latex and cottonwool}outer skin.Im usually the first to condemn CGI in films , but to be honest..its bad cgi that I'm against !The stuff in Jurasic Park {and Big sections of Walking with Dinosaurs } does look way superior to Harryhausens FX.Both techniques have their own problems .with stop motion , its the lack of blur in each frame, and a sense of scale..But at least the creature has a believable 3D appearance , and a sense that theyre inhabiting real space.CGI often seems weightless ,volumnless and ghostlike, like youre seeing phantoms..Unless done really well...theres something *liquid* about its appearance{flesh on dinosaurs seems to *flow* rather than stretch}And ironically blurring is overused to the point that it looks as fake as the , blur less stop motion.Finally apart from a lot of Phil Tippets CGI , most of it has a complete lack of character and charm.Its all very cold.Harryhausens stuff has a whimsical charm , thats now vanished in fantasy films.

  • June 28, 2001, 1:26 p.m. CST

    CGI Vs stopmotion: part 2

    by Horus

    I forgot to mention that in some respects CGI and stopmotion , still have a common link, that hasn't been broken.For the most part CGI dinosaurs etc , derive from a little clay sculpture of the beast to be animated{Its scanned into the computer } no larger or more detailed than its stop motion counterpart.For all the advances used , its the skill of the sculptor and the initial designer that end up on the screen.This aspect explains why Industrial light and magic{and most fx houses} can't quite break away from a fake *virtual muppet* look to many of their Phantom Menace creations ect .As for Ray Harryhausen , the man was a true fx pioneer, but I felt his work never evolved , It devolved if anything.The stuff he contributed , to early willis Obrian films , looked superior in technique and smoothness of animation to his later films.Come Clash of the Titans , he was really cutting corners.

  • June 28, 2001, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Gee, Who Do I Side WIth On This One?

    by Buzz Maverik

    I find myself completely disagreeing with Anti-fonz, but then Angel66 doesn't like me and not only doesn't have a sense of humor herself but also doesn't understand other people's senses of humor. I guess I'm going to have to have one of my psychic fugues (those hurt like a bastard so I hope you two appreciate what I'm doing) and one side of my personality will side with Angel in terms of admiration for Mr. Harryhausen and the human spirit over soulless technology while the other side of my personality sides with Anti-fonz because he is pretty funny sometimes and does have a good sense of humor.

  • The Ray Harryhausen talkback!!! Who'da thunk it? lol Ok, I would like to see ANTIFONZ and iamgod locked in a cyber cell together and see which one chews off the other's leg first......I'm betting on the spaz--------> :)

  • June 29, 2001, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by Tuck Kirby

    ...was, for the longest time, my 4 1/2 year old daughter's favorite movies. I can't tell you how many times we watched that thing, and she loved the dinosaurs. Though we didn't play that truly disturbing ending (Gwangi burned alive in a church) if we could help it. Ray Harryhausen, though he didn't always have a lot to work with (a 6 armed octopus due to budgetary constraints?), always brought a high level of technical and artistic creativity to all his works. It's a shame that he never had a really big budget, well written movie to work with.