Tribute to Ray Harryhausen: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:19

Ray Harryhausen & friends.

Ray Harryhausen & friends.

It is not an understatement to say that, for many who work within the industry of fantastic film and those who cover it, Ray Harryhausen was one of the key godfathers of the Sense of Wonder. In such films as EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, and CLASH OF THE TITANS, Harryhausen’s collection of creatures — singlehandedly and painstakingly stop-motion animated by the man himself — exhibited a wondrous sense of life, and convinced many of us that, with dedication and love, almost anything that could be dreamed of could be realized on the screen.

Come join our special guest,’s John W. Morehead, as he sits down with Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons to celebrate Ray Harryhausen’s achievements and evaluate his indelible contribution to the world of film. Plus: Dan gives his capsule reviews of SIGHTSEERS and THE PAINTING, and previews what’s coming to theaters next week.


About the Author

Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

One Response to “ Tribute to Ray Harryhausen: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:19 ”

  1. Hey, I have something in common with Ray Harryhausen! That’s because MY favorite Harryhausen movies are also The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts.

    I was first introduced to Ray Harryhausen’s talent when I was a kid and I saw Clash of the Titans in the movie theater. When I wasn’t distracted by Harry Hamlin and his dreamy hair, I was captivated by Medusa and Pegasus. Not the owl, though. The owl was just doofy.

    It wasn’t until I was an adult that I finally caught up with Harryhausen’s earlier films on video. That’s when I got to see the Sinbad films, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, and more. I was also fortunate enough to meet and interview him once, and that was a really fabulous experience. He was a little grouchy about the blood and gore in “modern” movies, but I didn’t care because I was getting to talk to RAY FRIGGING HARRYHAUSEN!

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