Ray Harryhausen – Myths and Legends Exhibition at London Film Museum

The London Film Museum has announced it will open its latest exhibition, entitled “Ray Harryhausen – Myths and Legends”, on June 29th 2010, the exhibition will be focusing on the work of Ray Harryhausen and showcase the techniques he used to bring his Dynamation creatures to life. The launch date is an extra special one as this is also Ray’s 90th Birthday.

Ray is the father of modern day special effects. Without his imagination and wonderful fantasy films made in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s there would probably be no George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Nick Park or Peter Jackson. It was Ray who inspired these fantasy filmmakers and it is to him that each one credits Ray as their inspiration.

Ray began his art after seeing King Kong (1933) and following his first feature film Mighty Joe Young in 1949 went on to develop a technique known as Dynamation, which is a process that allows animated models to be integrated with live action. Other films followed, amongst which were The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1952), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years BC (1966), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Clash of the Titans (1981).

These classic films ‘starred’ such creations at Cyclops, dragons, living skeleton warriors, a Medusa, a giant crab, scorpions and bees and of course dinosaurs.

The exhibition is being put together by the London Film Museum Advisory Panel including Leslie Hardcastle (founder of MOMI) and Jonathan Sands (Chief Executive of the museum), and with kind permission from The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

The exhibition will be housed in the rooms opposite the Charlie Chaplin – The Great Londoner Exhibition and be with us for 12 months.

London Film Museum
County Hall,
Riverside Building
next to London Eye
South Bank, London SE1
T 020 7202 7040


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  1. Arnold Kunert says:

    Your release dates for two of Ray Harryhausen’s films are incorrect.
    “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” was released in 1953 and “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” was released in 1974. A quick check of either the Internet Movie Data Base or any of Leonard Maltin’s books will confirm this information.

    I was responsible for the successful campaigns which led to Ray getting his Lifetime Achievement Oscar in March of 1992 and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June of 2003. Consequently, I am quite aware of the release dates of all of Ray’s wonderful, and classic, motion pictures.

  2. Mark Best says:

    Hi Arnold

    Apologies about the dates, our information was given to us by the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation so I will let them know and amend at our end.


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