While I can’t speak for today’s young kids watching movies and what will forever be titles they look back at fondly and perhaps sought out growing up, I do know that anytime a Ray Harryhausen F/X feature turned up on television growing up, I was sitting front row and center in front of our family TV.

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It was such a wonderful discovery to connect the dots. There was such a distinct flavor to his stop motion animation that even though I had no idea who Ray was, I knew that I liked the specific look he was creating on film. I know my Mother directed me to The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and First Men In the Moon. You just knew that upon seeing Mysterious Island and Jason and the Argonauts that the same man had to be responsible for creating these magical movies and the monsters within.

While I can’t swear to it I am pretty sure I saw Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger at the theater. And while I may not be correct, I do know I acquired the film poster years ago and it is my one and only poster of Ray’s work. In other words, it’s a treasure.

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His first Sinbad film.

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John Phillip Law made a fine Sinbad and Caroline Munro a suitable beauty in his second Sinbad effort.

THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, John Phillip Law, Caroline Munroe, poster art, 1974

 

The mind blowing skeleton fight shows up when Jason takes to the seas.

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Before the Sinbad titles he joined the fifties flicks of giant monsters attacking modern day cities.

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The charm of this space travel film never fades.

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This western/monster flick features some great work from Mr. Harryhausen and deserves to be better known. It also has the added bonus of James Franciscus.

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Who knows if today’s films aimed at the imagination of kids last as long as Ray’s worlds will. His are timeless and more importantly, he is an identifiable figure where I am not so sure we have someone like him anymore that we can refer to when watching an f/x film. With CGI upon us I don’t hear anyone saying that movie magic must have been done by …………

When Ray’s work was in a movie, you didn’t care who was the director. It was a Harryhausen Film.

Every home should have it’s very own Ymir.

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