Wednesday 30 June 2010

Ray's mythical monsters find a home

Wed 30 Jun 2010

The life's work of special effects animator Ray Harryhausen is to have a permanent new home.

The collection will be housed at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Harryhausen made his name by developing animated creatures based on legends and classical mythology.

The Ray Harryhausen Collection contains drawings, paintings and storyboards, together with his animation models and the original moulds used to make them.

Examples include the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts and the Medusa and the Kraken from Clash of the Titans.

Harryhausen, who has just turned 90, said: "I am so very pleased and honoured that my Foundation will not only be looking after my collection of 90 years but will also be ensuring that it is seen by as wide an audience as possible. It is also gratifying that the National Media Museum will, in conjunction with the Foundation, be storing and preserving my Collection for the foreseeable future."

An exhibition called Ray Harryhausen - Myths and Legends has also opened at the London Film Museum and will run for 12 months.

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