As one of the most highly acclaimed stop-motion animators in movie history, Ray Harryhausen was responsible for the dinosaurs, aliens, and mythological creatures in such classic films as the 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, Earth vs the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth, One Million years B.C.,
and Mysterious Island,
as well as his Puppetoons
and Mother Goose Stories.
This book focuses not on the movies themselves, but on the vast collection of artwork that Harryhausen carefully preserved in his London home, much of which is published for the first time. The artwork includes preliminary sketches and elaborate drawings of key scenes and carefully plotted storyboards, all produced as he prepared to undertake the laborious task of animating his wondrous creatures. Also shown are the tiny, elaborately articulated models that Harryhausen created to play these roles, and the bronzes which he cast to preserve their forms.
Contains 211 color and 74 black and white images.