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Creator: Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 May 7, 2013) was a visual effects pioneer and a genius in his field. Inspired by King Kong, he became the most prominent Stop Motion animator in the film industry and worked on such classics as Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, three Sinbad films (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad , The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger ), as well as some of the most notable dinosaur films of the pre-Jurassic Park era. Most of the settings in these films were made using matte painting.

These movies would often be more showcases for Harryhausen's talent than anything else, but they had several similarities:

Projects Harryhausen Worked On:

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    Comic Books 
  • Several of his classic films have been given Comic Book sequels, or adaptations, which include his original sketches as an extra. These include
    • It Came from Beneath the Sea... Again!
    • 20 Million Miles to Earth
    • Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
    • The Elementals - An unproduced Harryhausen Project.


    Live Action TV 
  • Many of his effects were reused in famous television series—most notably The Twilight Zone reusing his Flying Saucers in To Serve Man.

    Western Animation 
  • Harryhausen's first gig was making shorts for the Army. Infamously, the short How To Build a Bridge had no visuals of soldiers putting the bridge together, and the superiors worried that the soldiers would think the bridges would build themselves!
  • Harryhausen also did several fairy tale adaptations, but few are of note, as they were fully animated Gumby-style shorts.

Homages and Shout Outs:

  • Army of Darkness features a very Harryhausen-inspired battle sequence with an Army of Skeletons. Some of which were stop motion.
    • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams has a skeleton army too; the titular setting, full of creatures of varying sizes and natures, wouldn't be out of place in the Harryhausen canon either.
  • While it mostly uses the traditional People in Rubber Suits that comes standard with Tokusatsu, Kamen Rider ZO features a stop motion fight with a giant spider monster that is rather Harryhausen-esque.
  • Sinbad: The 5th Voyage is a Genre Throwback to the aforementioned Harryhausen Sinbad movies, going as far as using actual stop motion animation(albeit far more technologically advanced) for the creatures.
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is, in many ways, an homage to Harryhausen's body of work, combining the Sinbad and Greek mythology films into a single setting full of giant monsters. Especially in the "Cyclops Island" short included on the home video version: Sinbad's reaction to encountering the one-eyed giants is "Not again!"
  • Pacific Rim, while not directly related, is stated to be a tribute to both Ray Harryhausen and fellow Monster movie creator Ishiro Honda.

    Live Action Television 

    Multiple Genres 

  • The video for Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's "Burn It Off" is a pastiche of Harryhausen movies, with members of the band chased by CGI versions his monsters (especially the skeletons) around an island and on a ship.

    Video Games 
  • The God of War series draws a lot of inspiration from Harryhausen's movies, namely the Greek Mythology inspired ones. In particular, the second game includes several shout outs, including fighting skeletons while following Jason.
  • The Cyclops in the PlayStation game for Xena: Warrior Princess was quite obviously modeled on the ones from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad complete with a horn on its forehead and (if you use the camera to see its lower body) satyr-like legs.
  • Several Killer Instinct 2 characters pay homage to Harryhausen's movies, notably Spinal and Eyedoll.
  • Age of Mythology has several Greek myth units based directly on Harryhausen's version of them - Cyclops and Medusa, for example.

    Western Animation 

The Forbidden KingdomFantasy FilmsThe 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Harman And IsingAnimatorsDon Hertzfeldt

alternative title(s): Ray Harryhausen; Harryhausen Movie
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