Ray Harryhausen turns 88 today. Happy birthday to a guy who’s responsible for stop motion as we know it today. And is there anyone alive today who didn’t think the Sinbad movies were the coolest goddamn thing ever? Harryhausen gave us skeletons that got up and fought with swords and shields. What a genius. But he’s not just in the full-on gloriously whacked out creature business. We’ll get to that in a minute. First, let’s look at 1946, for Mother Goose Stories:
I realize that the quality on these is not great–so I recommend if you’re a fan picked up the Early Years Collection.
Now we go to 1949 for Harryhausen’s The Story of Little Red Riding Hood:
Now let’s go to 1951 and The Story of Rapunzel:
And while we’re at it, here’s Hansel and Gretel as well. Also from 1951. And also “photographed in three dimensional animation.”
And last but not least, a review of all of his excellent creature goodness, which we’ve posted before. But it’s just so damn good.
Happy birthday, Ray. Many, many more for you, sir.