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Ray Harryhausen's Clash of the Titans models animate the National Media Museum, Bradford

PUBLISHED: 13:52 01 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:48 20 February 2013

Filmmaker Ray Harryhausen with some of the collection he has deposited in Bradford (© Ray Harryhausen; courtesy of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation)

Filmmaker Ray Harryhausen with some of the collection he has deposited in Bradford (© Ray Harryhausen; courtesy of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation)

Fantastic creations by the king of stop-motion animation are drawing crowds in Bradford,<br/>as Jo Haywood reports

One of the most iconic scenes in cinema history, Jason And The Argonauts - Skeleton Fight, The Children Of The Hydra - uploaded to Youtube

Medusa was not much of a looker, with her snake hair and stony stare, but shes getting more than her fair share of admiring glances now shes moved in to her new West Yorkshire home.


She is just one of the Ray Harryhausen models some of the most famous models in the history of fantasy cinema to go on display alongside rare examples of his artwork at the National Media Museum, Bradford, as part of an ongoing rolling programme.


The exhibition follows last years agreement with The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation to deposit his complete collection with the museum, which was announced during the animators 90th birthday celebrations.


Knowing that my collection is going to be cared for by the museum and that my foundation will continue to be directly involved is a great comfort and an acknowledgement that my work and art will be preserved for new film makers to study and hopefully continue to appreciate, said Ray.


Michael Harvey, the museums curator of cinematography, added: Having this internationally significant body of work in Bradford in its entirety is a huge coup for the museum, and we are delighted that some of the objects are now on public display.


Ray has without doubt been responsible for many iconic moments in cinema history, creating unforgettable scenes such as the fight with the skeleton warriors in Jason and the Argonauts and the chillingly atmospheric encounter between Perseus and Medusa in Clash of the Titans.


The display not only features a selection of Harryhausens models, storyboards and drawings but also provides an indication of why and how a museum acquires such a collection. The theme of the display will change regularly to showcase different aspects of the filmmakers work, with the first, Mythology, running until October.


As part of the agreement, the museum is now starting work with the foundation to catalogue Harryhausens entire array of models, artwork, storyboards, scripts and other objects relating to his film career. It is estimated there are in excess of 20,000 artefacts in all.


Tony Dalton, the collections curator and administrator, said: This is perhaps one of the most important cinematic collections in the world as it covers all aspects of Rays art and films from his experiments and early titles such as Mighty Joe Young (1949) and The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1952) through to The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Clash of the Titans (1981).


There were 16 features made and all are classics in the field of fantasy and stop-motion model animation. Gratifyingly all continue to be a major inspiration to todays top film makers.

Ray has without doubt been responsible for many iconic moments in cinema history, creating unforgettable scenes such as the fight with the skeleton warriors in Jason and the Argonauts.

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