I was in London last week and whilst there I took the opportunity to visit the London Film Museum for the Ray Harryhausen exhibition. The ‘Myths And Legends’ exhibition opened, to coincide with Ray Harryhausens 90th birthday, in June 2010. The exhibition runs until June of this year, so you’ve still got time to see it before it closes. The collection is then hopefully moving to a permanent home in the National Media Museum in Bradford.
The exhibition itself is quiet small, but well worth seeing. It was fascinating to see some of the few remaining original puppets used in his classic animations. A lot of the figures were destroyed after filming to re-use the armatures for the next project, the studios often had small budgets and the armatures were the most expensive part of the model making process. You get to see figures from many of Ray’s classic works including ‘The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad’ (1958), ‘Jason And The Argonauts (1963), One Million Years BC (1966), The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1973) and ‘Clash Of The Titans (1981) amongst others.