Talk:Ray Harryhausen

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David Livingstone[edit]

Ray Harryhausen's wife is a descendant of the famous Scottish explorer of Africa and anti slavery campaigner David Livingstone. RH visited Scotland and indeed paid for a statue of David Livingstone at his birthplace. The Livingstone/Harryhausen connection was reported in the magazine of the National Trust for Scotland. I think that is worth a mention. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:18, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Hammer Films?[edit]

Can I suggest rewording of the paragraph that begins "Harryhausen then worked for Hammer Films". The wording suggests that both The First Men in the Moon and The Valley of Gwangi were Hammer Films, which is simply not the case. Harryhausen's only Hammer film was One Million Years B.C.

Cultural references section[edit]

I've moved the cultural refences of Ray Harryhausen from the "Awards" subsection to their own section, "Cultural References". I believed that they should have their own section because there are enough refences to warrant its own section of the article, and cultural references don't really fall under the category of "Awards". UberMan5000

In the same vein, I've removed the duplicate mention of Monsters Inc. It's not really a good example of an inspiration, but is a great tribute. I kept the first sentence, since there's no doubt that RH has inspired the current generation of American animators. Just find a better example, please? CFLeon 22:09, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

There was a reference to harryhausen in the commentary or making of ... on the Army of Darkness DVD, in reference to the skeleton 'faces' MikeSims 22:37, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Separate listing of films[edit]

I'd like to see a listing here of the films RH worked on. CFLeon 22:09, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Good idea, CFLeon. I've just posted a start for a filmography section. --Rizzleboffin 22:35, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Random comparison[edit]

The part that goes Model animated characters interact with, and are a part of, the live-action world, with the idea that they will cease to call attention to themselves as "animation", which is different from the more obviously "cartoony" and stylized designs in movies like Chicken Run and The Nightmare Before Christmas, etc. is very strange. It compares the way the models interact to the way it looks on other works, not to mention the "etc" there. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cancatis (talkcontribs) 09:43, 2 May 2007 (UTC).

Interview with Harryhausen...[edit]

I have an article that might be worth mentioning. It's an interview with Harryhausen that took place about two years ago, around the time a book was released regarding his life and work. Here's the link Ray Harryhausen: An Animation Legend, I hope it could be of some use and interest.

I agree with the inclusion, since it's an interview. Mushroom (Talk) 00:04, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

Fix the picture redlink[edit]

Could someone who's a registered user fix the picture so it is not a redlink? I'm not a registered user, so I can't.

King Kong[edit]

The intro paragraph suggests that Harryhausen (born in 1920) worked on King Kong (1933 - he'd have been 12 or 13 when the film was released), but a later paragraph says merely that he was inspired by that film. This needs cleared up. I'm having trouble logging in, but I am PurpleChez and it is 19 May 2007, 3:06 EST.

Whoever wrote that must have meant Mighty Joe Young...fixed. (although the MJY article seems to question the extent of his involvement in even that, it's listed on his filmography here...)Anazgnos 18:35, 23 May 2007 (UTC)


I was watching a side feature on the 20 Million Miles to Earth about Harryhausen and at the end he was awarded an Oscar, prsent by Tom Hanks... is this listed in this article? Stabby Joe 23:40, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Bad Gulliver link[edit]

The link to the 3 worlds of Gulliver goes to the novel -- there is a link on top of that page to a film, but not the Harryhausen one. Does the article actually exist? Can we find a link? -- (talk) 01:42, 31 December 2007 (UTC)


Does anyone have or can anyone find a pciture of him to put in the intro? Stabby Joe (talk) 19:48, 1 March 2008 (UTC)


There are three mentions of Ray Bradbury in this article: He is referred to as "a long-time friend of Harryhausen's" in connection with the film, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, based on the writer's short story; as "a friend from when they were both just out of high school" relevant to Bradbury's being the presenter of Harryhausen's honorary Oscar; and as his "biggest friend" when they were co-recipients of the first copies of the book War Eagles. According to Bradbury in the video documentary that must be the one mentioned by user Stabby Joe in the thread "Oscar?" here (The Ray Harryhausen Chronicles, narrated by Leonard Nimoy), they met when they joined the same science fiction club as teens (I'll check my copy to see if he's more specific about their age—both were born in the summer of 1920). One of Bradbury's stories was a tribute (or something) to Harryhausen. "Tyrannosaurus Rex" is in the collection The Machineries of Joy, and is about a movie special effects artist who exacts revenge upon a producer by sculpting his features into the face of a dinosaur model for their film. Does anybody know how we can get these pieces of info into the article within the guidelines, as I fully believe both should be here? In fact, the story and its allusion to Harryhausen is mentioned in Bradbury's article. --Tbrittreid (talk) 22:13, 14 April 2010 (UTC)

For example, there is also the story of teenage friends Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen and Forrest J. Ackerman attending the first World Science Fiction Convention (1939) together and deciding on their future careers: books, movies and history of science fiction. One would need to find verifiable, reliable sources, especially ones with linkable copies archived on the internet, then decide which are notable and encyclopedic details. Naaman Brown (talk) 20:13, 28 May 2010 (UTC) Further research shows that while they knew each other in 1939 (year of the first Worldcon), the 1939 Worldcon was held in NYC. The first Worldcon in LA was the Pacificon of 1946. Either bad memory or conflation of sources. Ackerman attended the 1st Worldcon, formed the LA Science Fiction League into which he recruited Bradbury who brought Harryhausen. Naaman Brown (talk) 12:27, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

Odd sentence[edit]

I just removed the following sentence from the section "stop animation" : "(Interesting note here the name Arthur Haywald should be mentioned,for it was he who sculpted ,molded and constructed most of the creatures Ray animated." Firstly it's badly written but also it's seems randomly inserted into the wrong section and has no references. Master z0b (talk) 23:25, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Updating needed[edit]

"A new big-budget version of Clash of the Titans, with all-CGI special effects, appeared in movie theaters in early April 2010. With Harryhausen initially expressing surprise and wondering why it was even felt that there was any need for a remake of his movie, its fans currently await Harryhausen's reaction to the film itself."

Really? 2010? It's 2012... no update by now? Other places like this, too. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:29, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Considering the film was utter rubbish, I guess he felt it was beneath contempt, so no statement on the film before he died. (talk) 02:09, 18 December 2014 (UTC)