Friday, July 20, 2007

Jason And The Argonauts

Here is a selection of artwork from one of my favorite Harryhausen films, Jason and the Argonauts. There's an interesting detail about the shields of the skeletons in this movie. If you look closely you'll recognize the face of the space creature "Ymir" from 20 Million Miles To Earth painted on one of the shields. There's also the form of an octopous, which might be a reference to the giant sea creature in "It Came From Beneath The Sea." As for the third face on the shield, I don't know. And if you're wondering what the deal is with the giant multi headed dog, it along with the twin monsters Scylla and Charybdis and a centaur were cut out of the film. I'm guessing the Cerebus seen in Clash of the Titans is associated with the version cut out of this movie. Scylla could have been one of the best Harryhausen creatures ever, but it wasn't meant to be. I stumbled across an illustration from this site which gives you an idea what Harryhausen might have done with Scylla.

More artwork from the film can be seen here and here. And check out some screenshots from the Hydra scene here.

Check out this great clip of Harryhausen discussing his model making and animation techniques.

Watch this clip of Jason battling the Hydra.

Tomorrow wraps up Ray Harryhausen week with Clash Of The Titans!

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