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Sadly Tony will be retiring at the end of November this year as Curator and Administrator of the Foundation’s collection.  

“ Having just reached my 67th birthday I feel it is time to step down and leave younger professionals to look after this unique collection.  It has been an honour to have known and worked with Ray for so many years.  I met him just over 40 years ago (I recently discovered a recording I did with him on stage in Brighton in 1973 in my attic) and during the early years of our friendship we worked together on publicity for his pictures.  Later, in the mid to late 1980s, he asked me to take care of his collection which has continued to this day.  Ray was a great guy to know and work with especially when we were writing our four books together.  Because he could never bring himself to throw anything away the collection is almost complete in showing us a career that spanned nearly 85 years and is, as far as I am concerned, one of the greatest film collections in the world.  I miss him now so it seemed the right time to finish although I hope the Foundation will allow me to keep in touch and to continue to help with the collection.”


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Thursday 16th October:

Tony will be giving a lecture at the Purbeck Film Festival, which again will be about Ray’s life and career.   More information at a later date.

Until 7th October:

An exhibition is being held at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum of a selection of Ray's models, artwork and bronzes.  This exhibition has been curated by Philip Wickham (the museum’s Curator) and Phil Boot ( on behalf of the Foundation).  We hope this will be the start of a series of exhibitions in other universities and art colleges. 

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We are very pleased to be holding this exhibition with the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.  Photo courtesy of Philip Wickham.  

As announced on the Home page, the Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the Harryhausen Facebook page and Twitter.  Phil Boot, The Foundation Collection Manager, will be updating both on a regular basis, showing items of interest and discovery in Ray's vast and growing collection. 

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The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation are pleased to announce the acquisition of an original Mighty Joe Young model.  One of four originals built by Willis O’Brien, Harry Cunningham and Marcel Delgado.  The model has been donated to the Foundation by the BFI (British Film Institute) who originally acquired it for the London Museum of Moving Image from the late film historian Leslie Halliwell.

Sadly the acquisition took place after Ray’s death but we know that he would have been thrilled and delighted that a model, for which he designed the armature and animated over 90% of the film, has come ‘home’.  He always said that everyone had a model but him. Ray did however know the model very well as it appeared at MOMI with some of Ray's models, which have now also been returned to us.

The Foundation will preserve the model, which still has most of its latex covering and some fur, for public exhibitions in the future.

The Foundation has decided to name it ‘Jennifer’ as a tribute to Ray who called his animation model the same.

We would like to the thank the BFI for its generosity.  


James White (BFI) left and Tony Dalton unpack Joe (Jennifer) on Thursday 30th May 2013.

Photo: Andy Johnson.

It is a beautifully preserved model of Joe that still retains most of its latex body and some fur.  It is still in the box which was used to ship it to England.  It is the hope that after preservation this rare model will go on exhibition and be seen by the public.  If only Ray were here to see it.

Photo: Andy Johnson.


The Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the definitive Harryhausen documentary - RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN, which has been produced by Frenetic Arts in Paris, and the Foundation and distributed by Arrow Films.

Aside from interviews with the great man himself, shot over ten years, there are also interviews and tributes from Vanessa Harryhausen, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Ken Ralston, Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron and many more.

The Foundation have provided unprecedented access to all aspects of the collection including models, artwork and miniatures, as well as Ray's private study and workshop, where he designed and built most of his famous creations.  In addition, the documentary uses unseen footage of tests, experiments and dailies found in London and during the clearance of his old LA garage.  Never before has so much visual material been used in any previous documentary about Ray.

The 94-minute production illustrates the influence that Ray's work has had on film makers during the past sixty or so years but will also disclose secrets which Ray has been reluctant until now, to reveal.

The Foundation and Frenetic Arts are very grateful to the copyright holders, namely Aardman Animations, AMPAS, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, the British Film Institute, Walt Disney Studios, Gaumont, Jerry Bruckheimer Prod's, Lucasfilm, New Horizon Pictures, Pixar, Sony Pictures, Studio Canal, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Walsh Bros and Copperheart Ent.  All of these companies have kindly allowed us to use their footage and images without charging us a license fee for use in this film.

We are also extremely grateful to all those individuals who have given their services to the production without charge and who have helped us to bring this film to fruition namely: Colin Arthur, Rick Baker, Martine Beswick, Phil Boot, Ray Bradbury, Greg Broadmore, Sam Buckland, Tim Burton, John Cairney,  James Cameron, Randall W. Cook, Joe Dante, Guillermo del Toro, Matt Dravitzki, Sacha Feiner, Terry Gilliam, Vanessa Harryhausen, Jean- Pierre Jeunet, Andy Johnson, Steve Johnson, Andrew Jones, John Landis, John Lasseter, Mark Mawston, Caroline Munro, Dennis Muren, Vincenzo Natali, Nick Park, Ken Ralston, Henry Selick, Rel Pinto, Steven Spielberg, Phil Tippett, Robert Townson, John Walsh,  Christopher Young and finally Tim Nicholson who has spent nearly seven months securing clearances and approvals.   

All the proceeds, after production costs, will go to the Foundation to help with preservation and restoration of the more vulnerable items in the collection, so allowing us to exhibit these unique objects into the foreseeable future.


View the new trailer for Ray Harryhausen - Special Effects Titan

Please click on the images below, to view larger versions:

Gilles Penso (director) and Alexandre Poncet (producer) during the filming of models, including the sabre-tooth tiger (shown).
© Frenetic Arts & The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

Tony Dalton (Curator of the Harryhausen collection) shows Alexandre Poncet the Cyclopean Centaur that featured in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
© Frenetic Arts & The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

Tony Dalton and Gilles Penso pose with the armature of the Cyclops that featured in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
© Frenetic Arts & The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation.


9th November 2012

The European Premiere of Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan took place at The Gate Cinema in Notting Hill, London on Friday 9th November.  It was a full house with the public joining family and friends such as Vanessa Harryhausen, Honor Blackman, Gary Raymond, Leslie Silver (Charles Schneer's daughter), Peter Lord, Barry Purves and David Sproxton.  Remarkably Ray was not only able to attend but stayed until the end of the Q&A, which included the film makers Gilles Penso and Alexandre Ponset, John Landis, Carline Munro, Nick Park and Tony Dalton. 

Please click on the images below, to view larger versions:


Ray arrives at the theatre. 
Photo: Simon Harvey.
Front L-R - Vanessa Harryhausen, Ray, John Landis, Tony Dalton. 
Back L-R - Gilles Penso (Director), Caroline Munro, Alexandre Ponset (Producer). 
Photo: Simon Harvey.
Happy to be amongst friends. 
Photo: Simon Harvey.
The Q&A. 
L-R - Alexandre Ponset, Caroline Munro, Gilles Penso, John Landis, Nick Park and Ray sitting on the edge of the stage (he couldn't climb the steps). 
Photo: Simon Harvey.


The Foundation is also pleased to announce that they are working on a new DVD/Blu-ray collection that we hope to produce and release 2014/15. Until recently the Fairy Tales and all of Ray's early experiments and shorts have been available on a Sparkhill Video release. These have all now been reacquired by the Foundation for inclusion, with new unseen footage and the old and new commentaries, in a set of DVD/Blu-ray discs. The project will be produced by the Foundation with John Walsh of Walsh Bros, a UK production house.

To add to this unique DVD collection we be Ray's last interview which took place in October 2012, the London Film Museum exhibition that has now concluded although there is a still a small exhibition at the museum. Ray spent the morning with Tony reminiscing about his films and the models included in that exhibition.

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Ray and the film crew at The London Film Museum on the 10th October 2012.

L-R - Rod Eades (sound recordist), Tony, Simon Harvey (camerman) kneeling, Ray, Phil Boot (Collection Manager) behind Ray, John Walsh, David Walsh.

Photo: Simon Harvey (yes it was on a timer).


Commentaries

One of Ray's final projects

With the help and generosity of UK film maker John Walsh, chief executive of Walsh Bros Productions, we began recording new, and we hope, more entertaining feature and shorts commentaries with Ray on the 17th May 2012.  Since that date we recorded Clash of the TitansMysterious Island, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver all with Tony Dalton.  Also recorded were First Men in the Moon with Randy Cook, The Valley of Gwangi with Vanessa Harryhausen, One Million Years B.C. with Martine Beswick, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad with Caroline Munro, Mighty Joe Young with John Landis and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger with SFX artist Colin Arthur.  This last was recorded in January 2013. Uniquely the commentaries were also filmed.  All these recordings are owned by the Foundation and they contain many new revelations by Ray on how his films were created and produced.  We hope that the film's copyright holders will see the value in these unique filmed recordings and use them on their DVD and Blu-ray releases in the future.  Ray so enjoyed recording these commentaries and always enjoyed talking about the films and with the guests.

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Tony with young Ray during the recording of Clash of the Titans on the 17th May 2012.
Photo: Simon Harvey.

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Following the recording of Mysterious Island on 7th June 2012.  Left to right - Tony, John Walsh (Producer/Director), Ray and Phil Boot, the Collection Manager for the collection.
Photo: Simon Harvey.

 

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On the 28th June 2012 Ray and Tony recorded a commentary for 3 Worlds of Gulliver.  Here Ray poses with Tony and John Walsh.  Between us is Ray's much treasured BAFTA award presented to him in 2010 on his 90th birthday.  Photo: Simon Harvey.

The Valley of Gwangi recorded on the 2nd August 2012. Vanessa and Ray after the recording.

Photo: Simon Harvey

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After the recording for First Men in the Moon on the 28th August 2012 Randy and Ray had some fun.  Photo: Simon Harvey
After the recording of the commentary for The Golden Voyage of Sinbad on the 13th September 2012, Ray shows Caroline Munro one of the bronze  Children of the Hydra's Teeth (see Collectables) being produced by Raven Armoury with approval from Ray and the Foundation.  Tony is on the left with the models of the Cyclopean Centaur and Caroline in front of him.  The miniature model of Caroline doesn't seem to weathered as well as the real thing!
Photo: Simon Harvey. 
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Tony holding the allosaurus from One Million Years B.C. with Martine Beswick and Ray after the recording of the commentary on the 25th September 2012.
After the recording the commentary for Ray's first feature, Mighty Joe Young on the 21st December 2012.  R-L - Tony holding the armature of Joe Young presented to Ray by Jeff Taylor, Ray, John Walsh and John Landis.
Photo: Simon Harvey.
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The final recording.  Tony holding the tiger, Ray and Colin Arthur after the recording for Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger on the 8th January 2013.



At the suggestion of visual effects artist Phil Tippett, the Foundation decided to cast Ray's hands for posterity and this was done on 31st May 2012. Alan Friswell, who was at that time the Foundation's restorer, made sure that both hands were accurately reproduced in a suitable pose. The Foundation will be making limited editions of the hands which we hope we can release in 2014

 


9th - 10th November 2013


Tony will be attending the Norwich Puppet Theatre in Norfolk, England on Saturday 9th and Sunday the 10th.  He will be giving a lecture about Ray and his work on the 9th and also joining animator and artist Barry Purves in a Q&A, which will be followed by book signing by Tony.

http://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/whats-on/ray- harryhausen-weekend



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