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Tribute to Ray Harryhausen: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:19

I was privileged to be a part of the “Tribute to Ray Harryhausen: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:19.” My thanks to CFQ, Dan Persons, Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French: It is not an understatement to say that, for many who work within the industry of fantastic film and those who cover it, Ray Harryhausen was one […]

Harryhausen Magic Restoration: An Interview with Alan Friswell

This interview was deleted at the request of Alan Friswell due to concerns raised by Tony Dalton at the Ray & Diana Harryhaussen Foundation. Please see the Ray Harryhausen Categories and Tags for related interviews and items.

Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks: Beginnings and Endings, Volume 1 available for pre-order

Archive Editions has just announced that Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks: Beginnings and Endings, Volume 1 is now available for pre-order. Written and produced over the past 10 years with Ray Harryhausen’s cooperation and support, the complete 3-volume definitive 295,000-word career/biography features interviews with Ray and his colleagues and is profusely illustrated with […]

ParaNorman: Animated Horror for Kids with an Adult Message

What do you get when you mix monster kid nostalgia with an appreciation for 1980s horror, an understanding of being an ostracized kid, and the use of stop-motion animation artistry? The answer: ParaNorman, a wonderful film that opened this weekend and which, in this reviewer’s estimation, lives up to the many positive reviews it has […]

Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks, Vol. 1 available for pre-order

Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks, Vol. 1 is now available for pre-order. If I could afford it, these volumes would be in my library, and should be in those of every serious Harryhausen, stop-motion animation, and fantasy fan. Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks Volume 1: Beginnings and Endings by Mike Hankin […]

New Documentary – Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

From the Ray Harryhausen official website: The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of the definitive Harryhausen documentary to be called RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN which will be produced by Frenetic Arts, based in France, and the Foundation. This English language production is scheduled for completion in late […]

ParaNorman: Stop-Motion Comedy Thriller for Summer 2012

Summer 2012 holds some promise for animated films. One of these is ParaNorman, a stop-motion animation film from those who produced Coraline. The official website includes little, but the Wikipedia page includes the following synopsis. In this comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by the undead. Only a misunderstood local boy Norman, who […]

LOTTD Favorite Villainess – My Choice: Clash’s Medusa

That group of horror bloggers, the League of Tana Tea Drinkers (LOTTD), of which I am a part, has come up with the theme for their latest roundtable group of posts. By early April those participants will have posted on their favorite villainess. It’s been a while since I’ve done something on the lighter side, […]

Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks Vol. 3

The third volume of Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks by Mike Hankin, with a focus on the British films, is now available for pre-order through October 3. The Archive Editions website describes this volume with the following: Foreword by Caroline Munro Preface by Guillermo del Toro From his Preface to Volume 3 — […]

Clash of the Titans Remake: Contrasting CGI Creatures with Stop-Motion Artistry

Some of my favorite and formative influences of the fantastic as a child and teenager were the fantasy films of Ray Harryhausen. I was so taken by Harryhausen’s use of stop-motion animation to bring creatures to life that I saved my paper route money and purchased an 8mm camera with single frame capacity that allowed […]

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