Wednesday, June 30, 2010...7:01 pm

Happy birthday, Ray Harryhausen

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Curses – just missed the stop-motion animation maestro’s 90th birthday yesterday (June 29th). Belated best wishes to the master of fantasy skeleton swordplay!

This landmark coincides with a special exhibition of his models and puppets at the London Film Museum on London’s South Bank. The Ray Harryhausen – Myths and Legends exhibition will be open for a full 12 months, so there’s no excuse to miss it.

After that, If we’re lucky, his collection of storyboards, props and sets should then be donated to the National Media Museum in Bradford – as long as it can raise the money to preserve the collection.

Why was Ray Harryhausen a stop-motion genius? This scene from Jason & The Argonauts [DVD] [1963] of a sword fight with reanimated skeletons should give you a clue…

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