Harryhausen's biography, on his official website, is a really interesting read, as it shows how his career developed from a childhood spent monster making in his parent's garage. I'm not ashamed to admit that I love monster models, and it is pretty awesome to see how stop-animation can bring them to life. It also helps that many of them have hybrid bodies.
I'm not sure if this is the same creature as above, but she definitely has style. This is from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad:
The cyclops is also good:
But I think my favourite might be the skeleton:
Those special effects are impressive, especially when you consider the film was released in 1958. According to the biography:
"There was to have been five more sequences in the film but they were dropped. (1) Sinbad and the Princess Parisa are chased by giant rats conjured up by the evil Sokurah but because Charles didn’t like rats, nor snakes, it was taken out.(2) Sinbad and his men are attacked by bat-devils.(3) A fight between two Cyclops.(4) Sirens with mermaid tails.(5) A giant serpent attacks sailors in a tree. This again was dropped because Charles objected.
Charles had Ray’s hands insured for a million dollars."
This Charles sounds like a real party pooper.
But it's fine, because there were to be more skeletons!
I love how they move; so spry, falling over and jumping about. In their movements they actually seem more 'real' than some of the CGI beasts served up in contemporary films.
So many videos. I think I have a problem.
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