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Time bandits

Time bandits

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So today I review Time Bandits which stands as one of my favorite movies all time.  Terry Gilliam is one of the more innovative, creative, and fantastical directors as his films easily bear his stamp of absurdist humour, witty dialogue, sheer fantasy, dream-like sequences, and always a generous dose of black comedy. Time Bandits is certainly no exception but to me i seen this movie many times out of all of terry’s flims i love it the most as this movie is so fun to watch.

Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they’ve purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them.(plot off goggle)

In the world of sci-fi comedy this movie remains timeless.  Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits is that rare thing a kids movie that is truly one of the most imaginative children’s movies. Time bandits is a fairy-tale that is truly one fun fairy tale classic. , Kevin as played by Craig Warnock truly shines in the role as he is the moral center of the flim.  The whole cast are great.  Warner and David Rappaport playing head bandit Randall are especially good, and there are a handful of fun cameos including Sean Connery, Shelly Duvall, and Gilliam’s old pal John Cleese playing a hilarious Robin Hood. It’s not a new notion, but the love with which Gilliam depicts the past and the imagination beautifully highlights the relative mundanity of the kind of inventions that often seem like lifesavers. In fact, much of the film skates by on the pure love of making it, giving perfect expression to Truffaut’s notion that a film should express either the joy of film-making or the agony of it.

Gilliam has had his share of agony, but when he’s got joy in his heart, he’s unstoppable.  Time Bandits, illustrating the imaginings of children, represents the first film in what has become known as Gilliam’s “Dreams Trilogy.” Brazil, the middle chapter, depicts the dreams of a middle-aged individual. And The Adventures of Baron Munchausen does something similar for an old man as each flim is part of this dream series as i do think out of three i adore time bandits the most as its truly a time traveling comedy classic that remains timeless.

Time Bandits is a film about a child’s imagination being set free. The script (written by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin) features plenty of Python-esque humor, and director Gilliam brings his usual visual flair and surrealism. For the most part, this is a very funny and charming fantasy adventure suitable for the whole family but also highly recommended for fans of Python and/or Gilliam. Its truly one classic gem that remains timeless.

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Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

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So today I honor Judy Garland the woman that began my love for movies. When I was a boy I recall first seeing wizard of oz as she played Dorothy as she entered the world of oz.

Dorothy entering oz began my love for movies as that sparked my love for movies. She was the first icon of stardom that I loved truly as i admired this wonderful woman that managed to take me a new world of magic as she sparked forever my love of movies. So today i am honoring her for her grand tribute to give her due as I feel to honor this wonderful woman that sparked my love for movies. The tribute to Judy garland i is done today for the THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend crystal of in the good days of classic Hollywood thanks to her for hosting this wonderful event. check out other posts form the event for days of the event. So lets begin to honor Judy garland.

So Judy garland began preforming as a little girl with her sisters at a very young age as she was always able stand out among them all. She was quite the little charmer as i will show you a clip of her early gum sisters singing now.

You can see the sisters of Judy garland and her preforming together as Judy stands out as she is the little charmer among them all.

Judy garland preformed in Pigskin Parade as she is able to convey such longing and emotion at age 14 is simply amazing. What a powerhouse! and it was just a sample of things to come for her talent. These early samples give you a small taste of the magical charm of this wonderful lady. Babes in Arms begins her larger impact as her charm and wit was starting to be mined.

Babes in Arms review

The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.(plot form IMDb)

This charming classic is a very fun movie because it’s simply start of a duo that really clicked together. It was made after she shot wizard of oz which would bring her to stardom. She was a bit player and supporting actress to the bigger star of Mickey Rooney at the time. Mickey Rooney was even nominated for Best Actor which was just to put a name on ballot.  A babe in arms is a charming little gem that is fun little musical comedy that really makes both of the stars stand out as their performances are magical together. This classic gem has very good acting and direction with very fun musical numbers very much reflection of the times. It’s a fun movie that you will enjoy to watch anytime.
everybody Sing review
When boisterous Judy Bellaire (Judy Garland) encourages her fellow school chorus members to sing a classical piece with a modern swing beat, her scandalized teacher uses the musical mutiny as an excuse to expel her from the Colvin School for Girls. With the encouragement of Ricky Saboni (Allan Jones), her family’s cook, Judy decides to follow her dream and audition for a stage musical. Meanwhile, Ricky struggles to gain the affections of Judy’s sister, the lovely Sylvia (Lynne Carver).
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Everybody Sing” is a delightful 1938 film filled with music but frankly not Judy’s best with a cast of good stars such as Judy garland and Billie Burke and Fanny Brice and Lynne Carver and Allan Jones as each do a good job with what they are given here. its frankly not their best work by a long shot honestly. Its an okay movie you may enjoy.
wizard of oz introduction 

Wizard of oz was one of first movies I seen as a boy. I recall fondly when she frist enters oz it was a strike like a match to me. I instantly found a new love in my life as my love for movies.

Dorothy entering Technicolor

This scene still makes me feel a smile as i just feel its truly one of the most magical scenes in movie history.  I fondly remember as boy running TV each time it came on TV on CBS. I was so happy it was about to air on TV as it was an event to see wizard of oz. I had the tape too which watched so often as that tape had a feature that i never found ever again about making of wizard of oz which talked about this classic movie. I fondly remember Judy garland being the frist icon i ever loved as a child as an she stood as my favorite actress. The wizard of oz is the most beloved classic all time as billions of people saw this movie. a flim historian said that the magic of wizard of oz touches the child in all of us. I frist saw wizard of oz as boy later I realized this movie is a very special picture.

Wizard of oz review

Wizard of oz was one of first movies I seen as a boy. I really adore this classic so fondly the cast of legends really stands out. Judy garland gives out a wonderful performance in a star making role as Dorthy as she made the movie magical as her charm is what made it click. She sings somewhere over rainbow which may be one of my favorite songs ever as its a song that feels so magical. Frank Morgan played five roles as he played Professor Marvel / The Wizard / Doorman / Cabbie / Guard. one of few actors to play such wonderful range on a movie as he could make each role feel like their own roles as he truly makes each role stand out as he gives out such ranged acting in his wonderful acting in the wizard of oz. Ray Bolger as Hunk/Scarecrow. I would say ray’s main role as scarecrow truly shines as you see such a wonderful performance as he plays a second role as hunk in which he gives same level of wonderful charm.  Bert Lahr as Zeke/Cowardly Lion. Bart lahr as the Cowardly Lion really stands out among the cast as he was a very wonderful character actor. Jack Haley as Hickory Twicker/Tin Man. Jack Haley gives out a very wonderful performance in his acting of his role.

Margaret Hamilton as Miss Gulch/The wicked Witch of West. Margaret Hamilton plays two roles as she plays miss gulch in the intro in which she gives out such a wonderful performance in her role.The main role she plays is the wicked witch role in which she became famous for for many years as she would often come back to this role. Margaret Hamilton plays the wicked witch in such a wonderful way that she makes the wicked witch a very fun villain role that does make you far her.

Billie Burke plays Glinda the Good Witch. Billie Burke gives out such a wonderful perfomance that really is so sweet and charming as she helps make us feel happy. She always adored the role as it felt closest to her roles on the stage. Pat Walshe as Nikko may be one of the other stand out roles as he has look like a wicked monkey for movie as he truly makes us fear him but also plays the sidekick to our villain. Charley Grapewin plays Uncle Henry and Clara Blandick plays Aunt Em both of them give such good performances.

The whole cast of oz all give out such good acting. Its charm does mainly come from its musical numbers as a few were cut from the film which are all famous little songs that stood out like the jitterbug and scarecrow’s song that was cut. The movies story connects to us via a dream is how Dorothy connects to us as she faces a crisis in her life that ends her up dreaming about oz. The movie has a magical charm that always touched my heart. The ending has always seemed very wonderful to me as its ending does have a feeling that you fell like oz is what we wish upon as the farm or home may not feel as magical at times yet as it says there is no place like home in the end.

The wizard of wizard offers the cinema lover looking for magic everything they want, it’s all here, in about two hours of pure entertainment in every way from its wonderful casting to wonderful score it’s lovely sets and makeup design that’s rich and detailed and its costumes that are so amazing too. It’s wonderful in every way. Its a wonderful classic that is timeless classic you can watch anytime

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This was Judy Garland’s first young adult movie role after starring role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. It is among one of her best roles. I can say her as Nellie Kelly as a feisty whom feels very modern. It is Judy’s charm that gives out one of her finest roles.The cast all give out very good acting. Its a very good classic you should see today.

THE HARVEY GIRLS is one of my favorite Judy Garland movies all time. Judy Garland stars as Susan Bradley, an impressionable and very naive young woman on her way west by train, as a mail order bride. On board the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe she meets a bunch of other equally young and naive young women heading west to work as Harvey Girls. Judy plays the role with such a charm and power. She shines in this role. The cast all do a good job here. This movie is a fun little musical gem you will enjoy anytime.

Don’t you just love those old 40’s musicals? Easter Parade is certainly one of the best musicals all time. It is a classic gem that has Fred Astaire and Judy garland both together giving out their finest acting and charm to boot. It is just a charming magical duo that shines. This is one of my favorite Judy garland movies.

Fred Astaire Judy Garland Vaudeville Medley really has to be among one of my favorite musical numbers it is just pure magic and charm to watch them do this number together.

This charming beat is just a fun little beat that i just adore. I can say it is truly one of those wonderful charming song beats.

The year 1954 proved to be one of the professional best for Judy Garland as she gave out one of her finest hours on the screen. She truly shines in this role. The quintessential story of a couple, one who’s career is on the rise, the other on the decline is made extraordinary by the performances by its talents. It is just a gem to watch.

Two tragic wonderful performers, Robert Walker and Judy Garland, star as a soldier and the girl he meets in The Clock. I would say that Judy Garland shines in her finest dramatic performance as she truly gives out one of her finest hours on the screen. Robert Walker shines in his wonderful role on the screen too. This movie truly is one classic that i do love truly so much with its wonderful acting that makes it stand out. It’s a timeless classic love story you will enjoy anytime.

Vincent Minnelli makes sumptuous use of color, costumes and settings in this lush MGM musical teaming Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in their prime in this wonderful classic with wonderful songs by Cole porter produced by the Arthur freed of the MGM unit. Its cast all give out such good acting. It’s very good musical numbers all stand out. It’s truly a classic you should watch today.

A star is born was a comeback picture for Judy garland as she truly managed to give out a role that almost earned her an Oscar as she truly is one wonderful actress in this role. James mason stands out by giving a wonderful performance. The whole cast all stand out by giving out such wonderful performances. Its songs in this classic all feel natural to each part of the movie as it’s very much a reflection into a star’s life. This classic is one wonderful classic that shines among movies that you will enjoy anytime.

Judy garland will always remain in my fond heart as since a boy to now i just adore and love her truly. I can say that she had that magical charm to her that many talents today cannot match ever. She was an amazing and talented lady that could really give out such great and charming performances. She is a magical legend for all time. I am highly in love with this legend as she will forever remain in my heart as one of a kind in legends as no legend seems compare to her. Thanks for joining me in honoring this legend today for the THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend crystal of in the good days of classic Hollywood thanks to her for hosting this wonderful event. Check out other posts form the event for days of the event. Thanks for joining me in honoring this legend today.

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Gene Wilder:The mad Mad Hatter of comedy

Gene Wilder:The mad Mad Hatter of comedy

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest-Gene-gene-wilder-31438119-1200-1200 (1)It’s so hard and heartbreaking to think that we lost this amazing man of comedy. He turned Off-Screen Neurosis Into Comedy Gold as often he also would do same on screen. Gene Wilder was one of a kind in comedy as he was a mad-hatter of comedy. It would be often said that gene was truly a gifted actor that could make any role magical. It was because he starred in some movies they became classics as he could turn any movie into pure magic. I re I recall when I first saw him in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971),it was purely magical as I adored this classic movie so much. I recall often watching him on VHS tapes of his movies I started to adore this man as he would make me crack up each time in his comedy classics such as Blazing Saddles and See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Stir Crazy and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother and Young Frankenstein they always made me crack up so much. I always found his movies to make me laugh and smile as he always brought you joy then pure magic. What made him magical was he way of bringing such wonderful characters to the screen.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory quick reviewWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a a truly magnificent piece of film-making and remains one of the most fascinating fantasies ever made. It’s one of those wonderful classics that was truly timeless that would be able to be made any period of time. It’s an imaginative family movie that truly has such wonderful charm to it. I think next to wizard of oz it was one of my favorites that i watched often as a child. I truly adore Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as it stands among the classics in my eyes.

One of the best elements of this film is its wonderful screenplay that captured many great elements of a fantasy classic book to the screen. It has some of the best songs ever that came to the screen even rivaling Disney movies. I would say many songs can lift up your spirit as many of the songs really stand out.

Its acting and dialogue contains some of the most interesting little tidbits in the entire movie. Gene Wilder truly nails home one of the finest roles he ever played on the screen as its a whimsical performance with such infectious joy as its one fine acting performance. Jack Albertson gives one fine performance as the grandfather as its one of those fine performances on the screen. Peter Ostrum gives out one fine performance as Charlie as he plays this poor boy that has big dreams that truly you wish will come true for him as he truly is a good boy in one fine performance.

The acting of everyone else in cast give such wonderfully charming performances. This movie’s great sets truly captures the magic of the book to screen in such a wonderful way. The Cinematography stands out truly too as its finely crafted out. Its direction is truly fine too that really crafts out many of the books elements to screen with such charming magic. This truly is one magical fantasy movie that is a family classic for all ages even adults so it’s truly a must see classic movie.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Blazing Saddles quick review

Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies to ever come to the screen as its among of Mel brooks finest comedies ever to the screen. Its movie that deconstructs the traditional western by pointing out its racism. It also has such over the top characters that really are some of the funniest ever put on the screen. It’s a funny spoof comedy of westerns that stands as one of the finest of its type as it’s a Mel brooks classic.

Mel Brooks broke new ground with this spoof of westerns that really was something boldly daring for its time. Blazing saddles really courted a film courted controversy like no other major-release film of its time along with it breaking ground for the comedy spoofs to come. Cleavon Little playing the role of Sheriff of Rock Ridge really did bring us such charm to that role as its truly such a good performance of an actor.

Gene Wilder is brilliant as the “Deputy Spade as he brings such a great charm to the role as he truly makes it his own and its truly a fine performance. The acting of everyone else is top notch too. The dark humor in this movie is very smartly crafted and acted out by the cast which give it such wit and charm yet it’s so funny as it leaves no one beyond by its humor. This is Mel’s brooks comedy at its finest as it’s such a fine comedy that really will leave you laughing your ass off anytime you see it.
Blazing Saddles is such a great comedy classic is one of the finest ever crafted out spoof movies as its truly one funny classic for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Young Frankenstein quick review               

Mel Brooks’ tribute to the Frankenstein movies of universal’s golden age of horror is such a joy as its truly such a funny comedy classic that stands among the best of comedy.

Gene Wilder truly shines as Dr. Frankenstein as its one of his funniest roles he ever did on the screen as he truly hams it up and makes the character a parody of the mad doctor in a nutshell as its truly so funny to watch him do it with such wit and charm. It’s such a joy to watch him in this wonderful performance. Peter Boyle really is amazing as The monster as he truly makes it this monster such a joy to watch on screen as it’s such a wonderful performance. Marty Feldman truly is such a comic joy to watch on screen as its one of those oddball character actors that nails home such a fun role on the screen as he gives such a great performance on screen. Madeline Kahn truly nails home such a fine performance in her role as Elizabeth. Its acting is truly top notch by everyone in the cast as they give such fine performances.

The cast is beyond superb. e late, wonderful British comedian Marty Feldman (Igor), who turned his congenital wandering eyes into comedic foils, never misses a beat as second banana to Gene Wilder, who plays the distraught Dr. Frankenstein to the hilt and beyond. the marvelous Madeline Kahn, who gave a bravura performance as the doctor’s fiancée. The late comedienne’s burst into operatic ecstasy during her rape by the monster is simply inspired as its one of the most inspired moments of the movie it’s a shame we lost her so soon. This movie stands among the classics as its one of the finest comedy classics ever to the screen.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Silver Streak quick review

The first film to team legendary funny men Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, Silver Streak is a respectful Hitchcock homage to Hitchcock classics with such humor and wit to match to those movies.

Gene Wilder plays a normal man of sorts as a book publisher as it’s a nod to the normal man of Hitchcock movies whom is wrongfully accused of a crime he didn’t commit sounds like a Hitchcock movie you know? Well it is a comedy spoof of north By Northwest. He plays this role so wonderfully skilled as it would even make the master of movies pride as he nails home such humor and charm as this is one of his finest performances. Richard Pryor’s casting was a mark of steer inspiration as this gave birth to one of the greatest comic duos on the screen. Richard Pryor really plays such a wonderful Character in Glover a very good and wonderful performance. It is known that both gene and Richard didn’t really click off screen as much as they were not the best of friends but on screen the duo is one of the finest of comedy ever as they both give us such wonderful performances together on screen. Jill Clayburgh also plays a fine role. Its good acting that makes this comedy classic really last for ages as its the wit of all the cast as they play off the types of a Hitchcock movie. Silver Streak is truly a fine classic comedy.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Stir Crazy quick review

A Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor comedy classic as combining these two legends of comedy really works as they truly are so funny on screen together. Stir Crazy” once again brings together the comedic talents of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as they play  Skip and Harry two slackers as both of them give us such comic gold to their roles. Its them leading the show as this is a duo comedy at its finest. It’s a funny classic that is a joy to watch just not so much of a masterpiece as silver streak.

The Ruth rating:three and half bettes

Gene wilder’s gene_wilder_split_featuredGene wilder passing away  two days ago hit me hard as i truly loved him in so many movies even his lesser movies such as stir crazy and see no evil which is fun movies yet not his best of his roles and range as an actor. It’s truly a sad day to lose such a legend. He truly was one of a kind. I always found his movies to make me laugh and smile as he always brought you joy then pure magic. What made him magical was he way of bringing such wonderful characters to the screen. He was a kind and gentle soul that really wanted to make the world laugh and smile as he truly was one of the greatest comedy legends all time. Come with me you will be with you will go into pure imagination as gene took us into the madness in a way that was a journey that was one of a kind for the medium of film.  I think there will never be anyone like him again to grace our screen.

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Ray Harryhausen Blogathon day six

Ray Harryhausen Blogathon day six

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Today i continue to honor Ray Harryhausen  hero today. This is Ray Harryhausen if reading this i am sure he was your hero too. He made the monsters the star which is the coolest thing in the world. Ray Harryhausen is A childhood hero of mine. I can say that i have been obsessed with his work snice i was a boy. His monsters always bring joy to my heart so today i honor him for day 3 of Ray Harryhausen Blogathon‬. Without further delay I present the Day 6 entries and thank all of the bloggers for their contributions ’ll be updating this list as entries come in throughout the day,thanks everyone for taking part in it today the sixth day day of The Ray Harryhausen Blogathon and final day,thanks everyone taking part to honor my hero.

 

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Ray Harryhausen Blogathon Day five

Ray Harryhausen Blogathon Day five

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Today i continue to honor Ray Harryhausen  hero today. This is Ray Harryhausen if reading this i am sure he was your hero too. He made the monsters the star which is the coolest thing in the world. Ray Harryhausen is A childhood hero of mine. I can say that i have been obsessed with his work snice i was a boy. His monsters always bring joy to my heart so today i honor him for day 3 of Ray Harryhausen Blogathon‬. Without further delay I present the Day 5 entries and thank all of the bloggers for their contributions ’ll be updating this list as entries come in throughout the day,thanks everyone for taking part in it today the fifth day day of The Ray Harryhausen Blogathon. Post below your entries too folks.

Ray Harryhausen and CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) by Aurora Thanks so much for the wonderful post

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad by Old Hollywood Films

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Ray Harryhausen Blogathon Day four

Ray Harryhausen Blogathon Day four

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Today i continue to honor Ray Harryhausen  hero today. This is Ray Harryhausen if reading this i am sure he was your hero too. He made the monsters the star which is the coolest thing in the world. Ray Harryhausen is A childhood hero of mine. I can say that i have been obsessed with his work snice i was a boy. His monsters always bring joy to my heart so today i honor him for day 3 of Ray Harryhausen Blogathon‬. Without further delay I present the Day 4 entries and thank all of the bloggers for their contributions ’ll be updating this list as entries come in throughout the day,thanks everyone for taking part in it today the fourth day of The Ray Harryhausen Blogathon. Post below your entries too folks.

It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) By Christina Wehner,thanks so much for the wonderful post.

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Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan

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For me as a child they were the films that always stood out form anything i seen in many special effects driven movies, they may be monsters but they feel so real. I was a fan of stop motion before even knowing what it was about as a boy. He inspired many special effects artists and directors. When i did start learning names as I was able find his name and i adored his work even more and learned more about it. I learned more about it.  Long before CGI ray created the monster magic of movies. Even with CGI now I find ray’s movies truly wonderful as his creatures always feel more life then many CGI creations. It’s truly a marvelous marvel to me to watch his magical movies anytime. So I talk about this special effects titan and his magical movies and his craft today as I honor him.  He did his frist animations for George Pal’s Puppetoons which  were a series of animated puppet films made in Europe in the 1930s and in the U.S. in the 1940s. They are memorable for their use of replacement animation: using a series of different hand-carved wooden puppets (or puppet heads or limbs) for each frame in which the puppet moves or changes expression, rather than moving a single puppet, as is the case with most stop motion puppet animation,many of these shorts are very good to watch. During World War II, Ray Harryhausen served in the United States Army Special Services Division under Colonel Frank Capra, as a loader, clapper boy, gofer and later camera assistant whilst working at home animating short films about the use and development of military equipment. During this time he also worked with composer Dimitri Tiomkin and Ted Geisel (“Dr. Seuss”). Following the war he salvaged several rolls of discarded 16 mm surplus film from which he made a series of fairy tale-based shorts, which he called his “Teething-rings. So he started work in 1947 on mighty Joe young as he was the animator on that movie.  So he did most of stop motion animation on mighty Joe young which won an Oscar in 1949 for best special effects. So to talk him as i gave some starting info on him. Mighty Joe Young (1949)Mighty Joe young had animation based upon  O’Brien’s design and storyboard. He carefully animated many frames of Joe as we see Joe is very much more alive than king Kong ever was. Mighty Joe Young is a a stop-motion gorilla really carefully animated the many scenes with him being roped among other scenes.  The animation work truly is remarkable based upon storyboards. Robert Armstrong, a veteran of both King Kong and The Son of Kong fame stars in this movie is amazing. Terry Moore plays one of her first really significant roles as Jill as she truly is sweet in her role as she makes us believe in such. Ben Johnson gives a great role in this movie. The acting is so great in this charming gem of a movie. 

The scene of Beautiful Dreamer is one of my favorite movie scenes all time as this scene shows off the animation of ray as its truly magical to see Terry Moore held by mighty Joe young as each animation frame here you see the animation of his face and his expressions it’s just a joy to see the scene. It’s a wonderful wonder this scene. Mighty Joe young is a must see today.The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)Ray Harryhausen’s first solo opportunity to supervise special effects (after apprenticing under Willis O’Brien, the technician behind 1933’s KING KONG) is the archetypal model for dozens of sci-fi monster flicks that followed, during the 1950’s, and beyond as it served as model for the monster movies to come. Cecil Kellaway is wonderfully cast as he is just wonderful in this movie. Lee Van Cleef whom is known to play alongside Clint Eastwood in many movies gives us a wonderful role. Kenneth Tobey and Donald Woods both give great roles. Its acting is very strong as the cast really do give us such wonderful acting. Ray Harryhausen’s landmark effects sequences are the star in this movie as it’s his first effort as headliner for it as he did animate many of those scenes to great levels of skill. The Rhedosaurus itself remains a definitive creature as his animations are skillfully done frame by frame in many of the scenes as he did such scenes as him destroying the lighthouse which was done frame by frame. The beast eating the cop was one famous scene as we see it was done with a cop figure toy getting ate by a slow motion frame by frame movement of Rhedosaurus. One of ray’s great inventions was the Dynamation process which roots form 1938 to figure ways to animate better with stop motion. So he would place his model on an animation stand in front of this screen and then place a large pane of glass in front of that. On this glass he painted in black the foreground that he wished to block out. After filming the animated sequence so that the creature interacted with the actors as planned which is how  Rhedosaurus is animated. The beast form 20,000 Fathoms truly is a fun monster movie at its best you should watch. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

It Came from Beneath the Sea is one of the most famous  giant octopus feature ever made. A vintage science-fiction thriller that makes sublime use of Ray Harryhausen’s legendary stop-motion animation. It’s very much a b-movie at heart with some b-movie level acting. It’s the stop motion animation truly is what makes this movie last the test of time. The octopus had six arms carefully animated by ray instead of eight arms. It’s not shown quite often. It’s not his best movies by a mile this is an enjoyable movie.Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

This is quintessential 1950’s scfi. It’s very b-level acting with many silly elements yet its charm is Harryhausen’s visual effects as you see the animations of the  Saucers.  the titular flying saucers are the reason to watch the film. Ray Harryhausen designed the saucers so that the top and bottom halves rotate in opposite directions with a shape that looks very out-worldly in its feel as you never think of them as models on a string as they would shape many alien movies to come for ages to come. Ray Harryhausen’s reached its peak in this movie. It’s a fun b-movie to watch anytime. 20 million miles to earth(1957)

The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome.  Ray Harryhausen always wanted to do Europe and monsters so he did it with this movie. This is Harryhausen’s personal favorite movie and he has a cameo appearance in the zoo sequence. Its acting is very b-level as much of cast is same form his last movie before it. This is often considered one of Ray Harryhausen’s finest monster features as its just one monster which is given tons of personality and charm as we see him grow throughout the movie destroying  the city of Rome. The sulphur- eating, reptilian-like Venusian creature, “the Ymir’s” titanic struggle with an elephant in the streets of Rome, preceding the climatic confrontation in the Colosseum with mankind, remains one of the greatest one-to-one creature battles of all time. It’s truly a fun b-movie to watch. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad features elements form Greek mythology with some fairy tales and monster movies mixed together in its elements. This movie reminds me more of  Odyssey, which is cited as one possible influence on the original Sinbad stories. Its monsters is by far some of the best elements of this short movie as its monsters are some of the best ever done by Ray Harryhausen. The cyclops truly is a fun thing to watch on screen. The celebrated skeleton duel truly is such fun to watch. Ray’s stop-motion monsters are the charming elements as so many of them in this movie truly are marvels to watch on screen. The movie’s cast includes Kerwin Mathews as Sinbad and Torin Thatcher  and Richard Eyer all giving such wonderful acting. Its music by Bernard Herrmann is magnificent as ever its score is very wonderful. This is one of the best Sinbad movies standing among the best of  Ray Harryhausen movies. This is a wonderfully fun gem to watch today. The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960)The Three Worlds of Gulliver takes the tale of Gulliver’s Travels with Ray Harryhausen’s charm. This movie is not considered among the best of Ray Harryhausen as likely due to its lack of creatures. Kerwin Mathews, the star of Sinbad, was cast as Lemuel Gulliver gives a fine perfomance. June Thorburn gives a good job of acting. Jo Morrow, Lee Patterson, Basil Sydney, Martin Benson, and Sherri Alberoni all give good performances. This movie is geared more to kids. The optical illusions that Harryhausen created for the film is well done along with its creatures as they are greatly done by Ray Harryhausen. This is a fun movie to watch.Mysterious Island (1961)Ray Harryhausen and jules verne is a match made in heaven with such wonderful stop motion animation. I would say out of his many movies he helped craft this movie truly marvelous . The flim departs form the book in so many ways. I fondly enjoy many of his movies one is a treat to watch anytime. The caracters are given so many conflicts that its a joy to see the story unfold. The icing on the top of this cake is the music by Bernard Herrmann as his wonderful score. The stop motion animation really is such a work of art as all of the many creatures are animated with such great depth and skill as this movie has the best of his ray’s wonderful work.  Mysterious Island is the type of old-fashioned adventure film that they just don’t make anymore which you should watch today.One Million Years B.CPre-Jurassic Park dinosaur b-movies get no more fun than in One Million Years B.C as its truly a fun b-movie. It’s very silly movie in many ways yet it’s very much a fun b-movie at heart and soul as it’s a hammer remake the 1940 fantasy film by the same name. It’s very much b-movie acting at its finest as all of them are good in their roles yet it’s all cheesy.  Raquel Welch is the big selling point of this movie with ray’s wonderful stop motion dinosaurs really stealing the show form her many time as these creatures are a joy to watch on the screen then again so is Raquel Welch. This is a fun b-movie that you will enjoy to watch.The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

Those years of obscurity were unfair, because The Valley of Gwangi is one of my favorite films from the team of Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. It’s a huge sugary ball of all the things I love to see in a pulp adventure tale as this western gem mixed monster movie. It’s a gem for sure. Originally written by King Kong’s Willis O’Brien, Gwangi script was never filmed, but a copy owned by Ray Harryhausen stored in his garage was resurrected in 1966. With additional work by writer William Bast. It has wonderful acting by its cast as James Francious headlines it with Gila Golan and Richard Carlson. It’s very much a fun gem with many fun moments of joy as the prehistoric mayhem of the stop motion dinosaurs vs. dinosaurs all animated by Ray Harryhausen is marvelous as its many dinosaurs are such marvels of animation. It’s a treat to watch anytime. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad was released in 1974.Tom Baker is terrific in the role as Koura as he plays a sinister role as its pre-doctor who for him. He truly gives us one of the best villains i ever seen on screen. John Phillip Law truly is wonderful as Sinbad. Caroline Munro is great in her respective role. The acting of everyone does shine in this movie. This movie has more of the layers of the Sinbad stories in it such as the a Muslim elements which he quotes many verses of that faith. The monsters are the stand out part of this classic gem such as a centaur and a griffin and Kali. The lengthy, incredibly-rendered sword-fight with Kali is the undisputed highlight of the film, a terrific set-piece that still captures the imagination as its truly one of the best monster fights ever on film. It’s such fun as the monsters by Ray Harryhausen are such fun. The sword fights truly is another fun element of this classic movie as the sword fights bring great fun and joy to watch on the screen. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is a fun adventure movie with wonderful acting and wonderful effects and great action scenes as its truly a marvel to watch. Clash of the Titans (1981)

By answering a seemingly impossible riddle, Perseus, the son of Zeus, wins the hand of the Princess Andromeda in marriage. Trouble appears in the shape of Calibos, the princess’s former love, and his mother, the Goddess Thetis. In order that the dreaded Kraken not be released, Andromeda has to be sacrificed and Perseus searches for the Medusa; her head is the only thing that can stop the Kraken. Clash of the Titans has been a favorite of mine since i was a kid.  I recall often watching and re-watching this 80’s gem as it got me into  Greek mythology as a boy.  It introduced me to Ray Harryhausen.   Greek mythology creatures by Ray Harryhausen are wonderful creations in this movie as he brings forth his best efforts to craft out some of the finest monsters ever on the screen. The cast is another standout element as many great legends of the screen give us such wonderful acting. Sir Laurence Olivier, who plays Zeus to such great efforts as he gives us something truly amazing as this is fine acting by him as we see him in one of his last roles on the screen. Maggie Smith gives a great performance. Burgess Meredith truly stands out as  Ammon.  Harry Hamlin truly gives a good role.  Claire Bloom as Hera, Zeus’s long-suffering wife; Ursula Andress as Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty; and Susan Fleetwood as Athena, goddess of wisdom, fertility, the useful arts, and prudent warfare, and Jack Gwillim as Poseidon all give good acting in their roles. The gods playing a game of chess with them is an interesting story trait. Harryhausen’s creations. the mechanical owl, Bubo; the two-headed dog, Dioskilos; the snake-headed, Medusa; the Pegasus; the giant scorpions; and of course the famous monster known as The Kraken all of them are amazing in action as its stop motion at its finest.  The score by composer Lawrence Rosenthal is one great musical score. The movie truly is a marvelous adventure movie you can watch today. 

This is Ray Harryhausen if reading this I am sure he was your hero too. He made the monsters the star which is the coolest thing in the world. Ray Harryhausen is A childhood hero of mine. I can say that i have been obsessed with his work since I was a boy. His monsters had more personality then me as a boy but it was truly magical when I first saw his movies i was in awe and wonder. it showed me that one man can make such wonders. I knew these monsters were not real but they touched my heart. it is still so true to my heart because I seen them when i was a boy and not know how they were done. I remember many as boy saying they were not real but i didn’t care. I seen many things that passed in such effects but I never could get over how amazing this guys truly stands out. Ray Harryhausen truly is the greatest artist of special effects. One of the my true heroes to my heart. thank you ray for teaching me to let my imagination soar and showing what magic can be, thanks sir please join to honor this great hero as he truly is one of my heroes so for me to talk his movies and his creations was a joy to me for my Ray Harryhausen Blogathon. Thanks everyone remember to love the magic of the movies.