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Ray Harryhausen is arguably the greatest stop-motion animator in the history of motion pictures, blazing new trails in special effects from the 1950s to the 1980s creating realistic dinosaurs, fantastic aliens, and imaginative mythological creatures.

In the animator's own words, accompanied by hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, sketches, and storyboards from his personal archive, this book details Harryhausen's entire film career, from 20 Million Miles to Earth and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers to Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts.

In words and images, this book explains the basics of special effects and stop-motion animation, along the way telling entertaining tales of working with the film stars of the day, such as Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Lionel Jeffries. Film buffs will relish such revelations as how Raquel Welch was picked up by a flying dinosaur in One Million Years B.C., why the octopus in Mysterious Island was really only a sixtopus, and what Medusa's blood was made from in Clash of the Titans.

Review:

"It's mostly film buffs who will recognize the primary author's name, and they will rush out to buy this first-rate, heavily illustrated guide to the life and, more importantly, the work of arguably the premier special-effects master in Hollywood history. Harryhausen (b. 1920) is the undisputed master of stop-motion photography, the genius behind such memorable fabrications as the T-rex of The Valley of Gwangi, the giant ape of (the original) Mighty Joe Young, the fighting skeletons of Jason and the Argonauts and the giant crab of Mysterious Island. Harryhausen attributes his lifelong devotion to stop-motion to his initial viewing, at age 13, of King Kong ('I can remember every detail of that day quite clearly,' he writes in the lengthy and deeply informative text that accompanies the book's hundreds of photos, b&w and color; '...I became obsessed with [the film's] magic'). This obsession led young Harryhausen to his first serious attempt at a movable model, of a cave bear, then to a teen friendship with Ray Bradbury and Forrest J. Ackerman of Famous Monsters of Filmland fame, some mentoring by King Kong effects wizard Willis O'Brien and his first special effects job, with George Pal. The book, co-written with film historian Dalton, goes on to cover each of Harryhausen's major films in tremendous detail, with great attention to the technical side of stop-motion work, making this volume a must for special effects fans, despite the recent computer revolution (which, Harryhausen argues, makes creatures appear 'too realistic' and lacking in an essential 'dream quality'). Through his work, Harryhausen has brought magic to millions; this terrific book is a fitting capstone to his brilliant career. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In the age of CGI and digital animation, Harryhausen may be old school, but his art retains its appeal." Booklist

Book News Annotation:

Filled with color reproductions of movie stills and working sketches, this oversize (10x11.5") volume describes the work of animator and special effects creator Harryman. The book is organized chronologically, beginning with Harryman's fascination with dinosaurs and fantasy, the movies that first inspired him, and his early attempts at constructing models for animation purposes. Subsequent chapters provide details on specific films, from "Mighty Joe Young" to "Jason and the Argonauts" to "Clash of the Titans," expounding on special effect techniques and collaboration with producers. The book includes a filmography and glossary, but no subject index. Published in Great Britain by Aurum Press Ltd., 2003; made available in the US by Billboard Books.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Ray Harryhausen continues to provide talks and lectures on animation. An American now residing in London, he is the author of The Tortoise and the Hare. Tony Dalton is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet who has written for Broadcast and Variety magazines. He was involved with the publicity for Star Wars, Towering Inferno, and The Omen. He lives in London. Ray Bradbury is the legendary author of fantasy and science fiction works, including The Martian Chronicles. He is a winner of the Nebula, Prometheus, O. Henry Memorial, Balrog, Bram Stoker, Benjamin Franklin, Aviation-Space Writers, and World Fantasy awards. He lives in Los Angeles.

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shermanlukas, October 25, 2006 (view all comments by shermanlukas)
If there were any justice, Ray Harryhausen would be as well known as John Ford & Howard Hawks. He is, arguably, the most important animator/special effects man of his time. His menagerie of creatures, almost all of which were stop motion, may look quaint by our ultra-slick & realistic standards, but they have charm, homemade quality, and fantastical element that most computer generated characters lack. Harryhausen covers his career in an informative, low key, and self-effacing way. The book is full of cool photos, stills, drawings, story boards, and posters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780823084029
Subtitle:
An Animated Life
Foreword:
Bradbury, Ray
Foreword:
Bradbury, Ray
Author:
Harryhausen, Ray
Author:
Foreward by Ray Bradbury
Author:
Bradbury, Ray
Author:
Dalton, Tony
Author:
Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton
Publisher:
Billboard Books
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20040401
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
366 COLOR AND 691 BandW ILLUS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
11.50 x 9.50 in

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Product details 304 pages Billboard Books - English 9780823084029 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's mostly film buffs who will recognize the primary author's name, and they will rush out to buy this first-rate, heavily illustrated guide to the life and, more importantly, the work of arguably the premier special-effects master in Hollywood history. Harryhausen (b. 1920) is the undisputed master of stop-motion photography, the genius behind such memorable fabrications as the T-rex of The Valley of Gwangi, the giant ape of (the original) Mighty Joe Young, the fighting skeletons of Jason and the Argonauts and the giant crab of Mysterious Island. Harryhausen attributes his lifelong devotion to stop-motion to his initial viewing, at age 13, of King Kong ('I can remember every detail of that day quite clearly,' he writes in the lengthy and deeply informative text that accompanies the book's hundreds of photos, b&w and color; '...I became obsessed with [the film's] magic'). This obsession led young Harryhausen to his first serious attempt at a movable model, of a cave bear, then to a teen friendship with Ray Bradbury and Forrest J. Ackerman of Famous Monsters of Filmland fame, some mentoring by King Kong effects wizard Willis O'Brien and his first special effects job, with George Pal. The book, co-written with film historian Dalton, goes on to cover each of Harryhausen's major films in tremendous detail, with great attention to the technical side of stop-motion work, making this volume a must for special effects fans, despite the recent computer revolution (which, Harryhausen argues, makes creatures appear 'too realistic' and lacking in an essential 'dream quality'). Through his work, Harryhausen has brought magic to millions; this terrific book is a fitting capstone to his brilliant career. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "In the age of CGI and digital animation, Harryhausen may be old school, but his art retains its appeal."
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