American Cinematheque to Honor Ray Harryhausen
Mighty Joe Young
1949, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Inspired as a boy by the pioneering stop-motion work of Willis O'Brien on King Kong, Ray Harryhausen got the chance to work with his hero years later - along with King Kong co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack - on this marvelous adventure/fantasy story about a beautiful young woman (Terry Moore) and her best friend, a giant, kindhearted gorilla named Joe. In the end, Harryhausen wound up handling the majority of the visual effects for the film, including spectacular scenes of Joe destroying a nightclub. Academy Award winner for Best Visual Effects.
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 4:00 PM
Early Ray Harryhausen Shorts
This screening is presented in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
As he was building a name for himself in features, Ray Harryhausen made a number of 16mm shorts to show off his skills and the possibilities of stop-motion animation.
- "How To Bridge A Gorge" (1941, 5 min.) A demonstration of the use of animation in wartime training films.
- "WWII Animation Tests For Frank Capra Unit" (1944, 3 min.)
- "Guadalcanal" (1943, 10 min.) A morale booster made while Harryhausen was working for the U.S. Army Signal Corp.
- "Lucky Strikes Ad" (1945, 2 min.) A cigarette commercial made to promote animation in advertising.
- "Lakewood Community Ads" (1946, 4 min.) Three TV commercials made for a real estate company.
- "Mother Goose Stories" (1946, 10 min.) A collection of nursery rhymes featuring Little Miss Muffet, Old Mother Hubbard, The Queen of Hearts and Humpty Dumpty.
- "The Story Of Little Red Riding Hood" (1950, 9 min.)
- "The Story Of Hansel And Gretel" (1951, 10 min.)
- "The Story Of Rapunzel" (1952, 11 min.)
- "The Story Of King Midas" (1953, 10 min.)
- "Evolution Show Reel" (1940, 2 min.) These battling dinosaurs served as a calling card for the young animator.
- "War Of The Worlds Test" (1949, 2 min.) Martians emerge from their ship in this sequence for an unrealized film of the H.G. Wells classic.
- "Baron Munchausen - Giant's Head Rear Projection Test" (1950, 1 min.) Footage for an unmade Munchausen film, decades before Terry Gilliam got to the character.
- "The Elementals" (1952, 2 min.) Footage for an unmade film about bat-like creatures terrorizing Paris.
Source: American Cinematheque