Friday, March 5, 2010
Ray Harryhausen Film Festival in Minneapolis!
The Ray Harryhausen Film Festival begins tonight in Minneapolis, 7pm at the Trylon Theater, with JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS!
When I was a kid, the films of Ray Harryhausen held a special fascination for me. I was always prowling through the television schedule of our local newspapers, forever on the look-out for the next broadcast of 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Mysterious Island, or One Million Years B.C. As was my ritual, in between seeing the movies, I wrote and drew my own comic book versions of the films to help keep me company.
These films continue to hold the same magic for me today, and have remained among my personal favorites of all time. It was Mr. Harryhausen's miraculous touch that inspired my own The Adventures of Hercules children's book, published a couple years ago, as well as the upcoming Sinbad the Voyager, which I wrote just recently. Without the slightest doubt, I know that Ray Harryhausen's classic productions will continue to fuel my imagination for many years to come. What would I have ever done without them?
And I'm far from the only one who feels this way. I remember some years ago when Ray Harryhausen won a special Academy Award, emotionally presented to him by his life-long friend, Ray Bradbury. During the ceremony actor Tom Hanks summed it all up the best, I think, when he said:
"Some say Casablanca, some say Citizen Kane...but for me, Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest movie ever made."
Tonight's event is only the beginning. Six more Harryhausen epics will follow in the weekends ahead.
Lisa and I will be there. Hope to see you, too!