"From the Land Beyond, Beyond/From the World pass Hope and Fear..." thus are the secret words to summon the genie of the lamp in the 1958 film 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
When I was in the fifth grade, my brothers introduced me to a book called Film Fantasy Scrapbook by Ray Harryhausen, courtesy of the Hayward Public Library.
Mr. Harryhausen was "stop-motion animator." He brought to life a giant gorilla (no not King Kong, that was Harryhausen's mentor Willis O'Brien), a Rhedosaurus, a giant octopus, flying saucers, the Ymir from Venus, a one-eyed cyclops, a sword-wielding skeleton, a giant crab, a bronze giant, a pteranodon, a tyrannosaurus rex, a statue of Kali, a saber-tooth tiger and the Kraken.
|Earth vs. The Flying Saucers 1956|
|The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 1958|
I bought magazines and books celebrating Mr. Harryhausen's work.
But don't take my word for it.
|Mysterious Island 1961|
“Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS” - George Lucas.
"If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn’t be who we are." - James Cameron
|Patrick Wayne (Sinbad & Eye of the Tiger 1977)|
is about as Arabic as I am.
And yet without Harryhausen's films, I wouldn't have the imagination to write Children's Literature.
|King Kong 1933|