Fantasy-film geeks revere Harryhausen's technically dazzling, meticulously crafted movies employing the painstaking technique of stop-motion animation. This coffee-table volume showcases the material Harryhausen discovered in his archives while researching Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life
(2004). Harryhausen stresses that this book isn't as much about animation as about the previsualization that precedes making the models that will be filmed; accordingly, it focuses on sketches, key drawings, storyboards, and preliminary clay models rather than film stills. Thematic chapters cover Harryhausen's early work, including his stint with animation legend Willis O'Brien on the King Kong
quasi sequel, Mighty Joe Young
; dinosaur movies, such as One Million Years B.C.
; sci-fi flicks such as the 1953 War of the Worlds
; and the series of films portraying the adventures of Sinbad of, more or less, the Arabian Nights
. Like O'Brien before him, Harryhausen hugely influenced younger filmmakers. In the introduction, Lord of the Rings
director Peter Jackson says he grew up wanting to become Harryhausen's apprentice and notes that the animator's films "have lost none of their ability to provoke wonder." Gordon FlaggCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"Ray has been a great inspiration to us in the special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much."
—GEORGE LUCAS PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
"The Lord of the Rings
is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie.’ Without that lifelong love of his wondrous images and storytelling, it would never have been made–not by me at least."
—FROM THE FOREWORD BY PETER JACKSON
"One of the world’s greatest manipulators"