Ray Harryhausen

The amazing effects of recent films like Downsizing and Ant Man &The Wasp, show how far Hollywood has come in making a convincing reality that is grounded in science fiction.  Where the MCU Ant Man films have brought the idea of shrinking into modern pop culture and Downsizing gave us a new vantage point to view our culture and how mankind has mistreated the planet we call home, they were not the first films to deal with making people little.

Some of their predecessors were full on fantasy films, while others were the predictable mad scientist tale of power and control.  There were even a few that were written and intended to be funny (and many that were unintentionally funny).

Here is a brief look at the history of shrinking in the cinema up through the 1950s.

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ray harry

Giles Penso‘s documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is scheduled to hit this June. If anyone is asking themselves who Harryhausen is right now, then you probably haven’t sat in front of your television as a child for an entire Saturday afternoon while Jason And his Argonauts fought skeletons, Sinbad and his crew fought a mutli-armed multi-sword welding Kali, or the winged Pegasus from Clash of the Titans. Harryhausen is the man who influenced all the great directors you know today including Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, and Steven Spielberg and many others. (more…)

Skeletor – Out of the Closet and Into the YMCA

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Created by Matt Round -of malevole.com– as a tribute to Ray Harryhausen, the much beloved stop motion animator of classic films like The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. I’m not sure what language that is . . . Nerdbastard bonus points to the first commenter that can clear that question up.

Let’s face it, Skeletor is made to be a Village Person. He’s flamboyant, colorful, and works out at the gym all the time. Evil-Lyn complains daily about getting no mirror time at the gym because of Skeletor, just read her blog, she goes on and on about it.

Grab your tool belt and hard hat and join Skeletor’s Dance Crew because we’re gonna tear the roof off this Nerdbastard Mother Chucker! (FYI skip past the first 30 seconds)

Here’s another tribute to Ray, your childhood will thank me.

source: youtube via malevole.com

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