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The world's favourite Ray Harryhausen creature confirmed as The Skeleton Army

Ray Harryhausen

Story by Jack Foley

TO mark what would have been Ray Harryhausen’s 100th birthday on June 29, 2020, The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation have revealed the results of the first official poll to find the world’s favourite Harryhausen creature.

Following thousands of votes from all over the world, the winner is The Skeleton Army from Jason & The Argonauts with Talos from Jason & The Argonauts in second and Medusa from Clash of The Titans in third.

Ray Harryhausen was one of the most influential and important artists of the 20th century. His iconic work on films such as Clash of The Titans, One Million Years BC and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad has captured the public imagination and inspired filmmakers such as George Lucas, James Cameron, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg to name only a few.

Harryhausen’s unique Dynamtion technique ensured that whether he was making owls and skeletons, squirrels and scorpions or dinosaurs and apes; his work retained a unique quality that stands the test of time.

An exhibition of Ray’s work is scheduled to be displayed later this year at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art which will allow the public to see recently restored versions of some of his most beloved creations.

The exhibition, Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema, will be accompanied by a book written by his daughter, Vanessa. It will mark the first time Vanessa has spoken about her father’s work in such detail, and will include a personal biography of her father, from the beginnings in the 1930s through to projects he was working on just less than a decade ago.

Jason And The Argonauts is available to stream on Sky Cinema & NowTV and is available for digital purchase on Amazon Prime, Youtube and Google Play Movies.

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema will be released later this year.

View our photo gallery of classic Ray Harryhausen creations

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