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When it comes to great animation and special effects masters, there is only one name that personifies true motion picture magic – Ray Harryhausen.

Influenced at a young age by the work of Willis O’Brien in KING KONG, Ray Harryhausen set out to explore the field of special effects and animation and has become arguably the greatest stop-motion animator of the 20th century. From his early work with George Pal and Frank Capra to his later and more popular films such as THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Mr. Harryhausen’s unique method of combining stop-motion effects with live-action (Dynamation) is what set him apart from other artists in the field. His imagination and hands on approach brought life and personality to his creatures and entertained more than two generations of fans.

In 1992, Mr. Harryhausen received a Gordon E Sawyer lifetime achievement OscarĀ® from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and in June of 2003, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Appropriately, his star is across the street from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where a 13-year old Ray saw “King Kong” for the first time.His imagination, passion and ability to see beyond his years has changed the film making industry and inspired literally hundreds of animators and special effects artists including John Dykstra, Phil Tippett and Dennis Muren, to name a few.

Public Appearances

July 14-17, 2005
Comic- Com
San Diego Convention Center

 

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