So true. The main one I always look to is the Ymir's birth in 20 Million Miles to Earth. Where, after hatching, he[?] gets up and when the lights are turned on, he rubs his eyes. Just marvelous and genius to think of doing such a thing. That is still one of my favorite films.Yeah, it's all the little details like that, along with putting air bladders inside to make it look like they were breathing. Stuff other stop motion animators just didn't bother with.
Indeed. He literally breathed life into his creations.
[Still have my film, which runs about 18 minutes (ALL animated; no live action), but the main drive belt in my projector was made of real rubber and melted over the years. Can't find a replacement.]Projectors are pretty cheap on ebay, there are so many of them people are trying to get rid of...
I looked just as soon as I'd read this (earlier today, kinda' hurrying at that point because the massage therapist was soon to arrive), and what is at the top of the listing? The EXACT projector that I have (though not in as good condition) with 5 minutes left. I took it as a good omen, so I looked a little further and there are people who are selling replacement belts for this projector for $14! I'd looked before, but there was nothing available then.
So thank you VERY much for reminding me to look again.
Soon as I'm a tad more functional, I'll get some of the belts (person had multiple listings for them). Then I can see my film again for the first time in nearly three decades.
Now, back to Ray...
I don't think he gets the appreciation he should from those born more recently. Because something those growing up watching today's films don't quite grasp (or care about): for what is seen on-screen for recent fantasy/adventure films, there are - on average - 7-10 minutes
of credits now at the end of a film detailing the hundreds of people involved in making what ended up on the screen.
For any film of his? One name: Ray Harryhausen. The special effects (with the exception of Bubo and Pegasus) were all done by just this one incredibly gifted man who had a marvelous imagination and the talent to back it up.
We are lucky that this man, when young, was captured by King Kong every bit as much as Fay Wray. And he embraced the giant ape from that point on. Thank you, Ray.