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The Ray Harryhausen Podcast
48 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Episode 37- Clash of the Titans 40th Anniversary Special
Clash of the Titans was unleashed in the UK on July 2nd 1981! Join us for a 40th anniversary celebration. Trustee John Walsh and collections manager Connor Heaney delve into Ray Harryhausen's archive to showcase every creature from this classic film, with a deep dive into each of Ray's legendary creations. Enjoy hearing the backstories of Bubo the Owl, Medusa, the Kraken and many more! This is a must listen for all fans of 'Clash of the Titans'- don't miss it!
79 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Episode 36- Harryhausen: The Lost Movies Poll
The results of our 'Harryhausen Lost Movies' poll are in! Join us for Episode 36, as John Walsh & Connor Heaney count through the top ten unmade Ray Harryhausen projects, as voted upon by fans worldwide. To help us in exploring these lost treasures, we are joined by Ray's daughter Vanessa, alongside Richard Holliss, Mark Wolf, Gregory Kulon, Mike Hankin, Marshall Julius, Graham Humphreys, Jonathan Webb, Ron Fogleman and Mark Mawston. Each contributor has a unique connection to Ray's work, and share their own top three lost Harryhausen films. Also, listen in for the winners of our competition, as five lucky voters will receive a copy signed by John, alongside an exclusive art card. Enjoy our podcast, and let us know your thoughts on the final poll! Check out the Vodcast version of this show on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lIPitDGm5k
51 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Episode 35- ‘The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver’ 60th anniversary special
Join us for a 60th anniversary celebration of Ray Harryhausen’s classic, ‘The 3 Worlds of Gulliver’! Hosts John Walsh and Connor Heaney delve into the archive to celebrate Ray’s 1960 take on the classic Jonathan Swift novel. We explore the various techniques which were utilised to create the worlds of Lilliput and Brobdingnag, as well as the stop-motion creatures which Ray animated for the film. Listen to previously unheard audio from the Foundation’s archive, including Bernard Herrmann’s spotting sessions for the film, and isolated audio of star Kerwin Matthews’ singing. Also listen in to hear names of ten lucky winners from our summer ‘Top Ten Harryhausen’ competition- all of whom receive a copy of daughter Vanessa’s brand new book, ‘Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema’. We update on news from our centenary exhibition of the same name in Edinburgh, with an exclusive clip from director John Landis’ audio tour of the show. Enjoy- and have a very happy Christmas, from everybody here at the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
59 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Episode 34- Ray Harryhausen: Titan Of Cinema
Trustee & filmmaker John Walsh is joined by 'Vintage Geek' author Marshall Julius to chat with Ray's daughter, Vanessa Harryhausen in Episode 34 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast. Vanessa discusses her first book, 'Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema', written to mark her father's 100th birthday this year. John and Marshall quiz her on her memories of growing up amongst some of cinema's most legendary creatures, as she describes life at home with such an inspirational father. Listen to the exclusive story of how Vanessa's book was created, alongside tales of the original creature collection that she grew up amongst! Also available as a Vodcast from https://vimeo.com/468465331 #Harryhausen100
62 minutes | Jun 27, 2020
Episode 33- Top Ten Harryhausen Creations
The votes are in, and the ultimate Ray Harryhausen top ten has been decided! Join trustee John Walsh, collections manager Connor Heaney, and special guest Vanessa Harryhausen for a countdown through the world's favourite Harryhausen creatures. Each iconic creation is discussed in-depth, with exclusive clips of Ray Harryhausen reflecting on his legendary stop motion models. Daughter Vanessa recalls growing up amongst such an incredible collection, and watching her father work. Join us in celebrating Ray Harryhausen's 100th birthday, as the world stops to remember this remarkable Titan of Cinema.
37 minutes | Apr 25, 2020
Episode 32- Ray Harryhausen's Unsung Heroes
Episode 32 of our podcast sees the second part of a geektastic conversation between John Walsh and Marshall Julius. Marshall shares his three favourite Harryhausen 'Unsung Heroes'- classic sequences from Ray's filmography which he believes deserve greater recognition. Also- a last chance to win one of five copies of Marshall’s fantastic publication ‘Vintage Geek- The Quiz Book’, which features an entire chapter of Harryhausen quiz questions! Simply answer Marshall’s brainteaser from this episode on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Enjoy, and look out for a chance to vote for your own top three unsung Harryhausen heroes soon!
51 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
Episode 31- Top Three Harryhausen Creatures with Marshall Julius
Step into our celebration of Ray Harryhausen’s centenary year for our first new podcast of 2020! Trustee John Walsh is joined by journalist and author Marshall Julius to discuss his top three Harryhausen creations. John and Marshall share their thoughts on some of Ray’s most beloved creatures, as well as updating fans on how the Foundation will celebrate Ray Harryhausen’s centenary throughout 2020. Also- listen in for a chance to win one of five copies of Marshall’s fantastic publication ‘Vintage Geek- The Quiz Book’, which features an entire chapter of Harryhausen quiz questions! Simply answer Marshall’s brainteaser on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Enjoy, and look out for a chance to vote for your own top three Harryhausen creatures very soon!
26 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Bonus Episode- John Walsh interview on Marshall Julius’ Tuesday Takeover- FUBAR Radio, 04/02/20
Foundation trustee John Walsh guested on FUBAR Radio, as film critic & author Marshall Julius hosted their Tuesday Takeover slot on February 4th. Hear more about our Ray Harryhausen centenary plans, & John’s new book ‘Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’. Don't miss it! http://www.fubarradio.com
99 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Episode 30- The Music Of Ray Harryhausen Vol. 5: Clash Of The Titans
Our very special bumper podcast for the music of 'Clash of the Titans' contains never-heard-before extracts from John Barry's unused soundtrack for the classic film! Wrapping up our retrospective on the music of Ray Harryhausen's films, hosts John Walsh and Connor Heaney share clips from a recently discovered demo tape, created by Barry in 1980. Be amongst the first to hear these recordings in almost 40 years, alongside a deep dive into the classic soundtrack by Laurence Rosenthal which was eventually used. Contemporary soundtracks by both composers are explored, as we discuss the different tone that Barry's score may have brought to the film, alongside a celebration of Rosenthal's magnificent 1981 soundtrack. As an extra surprise, listen to an interview with Adrian Brett- the man who provided the 'voice' of Bubo the Owl! Accomplished flautist Adrian was asked to provide the sound effects for Bubo's dialogue, using one of his rare ocarinas. Adrian treats us to a sample of the audio effects that he provided in 1981, as well as sharing the back story of how he came to be involved with 'Clash of the Titans'. As always, hear exclusive clips of Ray Harryhausen discussing his thoughts on the film's music. Don't miss this very special episode, as we celebrate the incredible soundtracks to a classic film!
16 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies'- The Robert Elms Show, BBC Radio London
John Walsh discusses 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies' on The Robert Elms Show, BBC Radio London 29th October 2019. Titan Books publication 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies' is out now- get it on Amazon.co.uk and all good booksellers! https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1789091101/ #HarryhausenLostMovies
15 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies' Grant Stott, BBC Radio Scotland speaks with filmmaker John Walsh
'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies': Grant Stott interviews John Walsh about Ray's lost treasures on The Afternoon Show, BBC Radio Scotland, October 2nd 2019. Titan Books publication 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies', by John Walsh, is out now- get it on Amazon.co.uk and all good booksellers! https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1789091101/ #HarryhausenLostMovies
36 minutes | Oct 18, 2019
Episode 29- Vintage Geek: Interview with Marshall Julius
Author and film critic Marshall Julius is our special guest in Episode 29 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast. Foundation trustee John Walsh caught up with Marshall during the launch of his new book 'Vintage Geek: The Quiz Book'. The ultimate quiz book for old school nerds, Vintage Geek celebrates a splendid selection of 20th-century fandoms, from Fifties' sci fi cinema, Sixties' Star Trek and Seventies' Stephen King to Eighties' actioners, Nineties' Batman 'toons and more. Appropriately enough, the book contains an entire chapter of Harryhausen questions! Fifty brainteasers on Ray's work are posed amongst 1,000 tricky questions & illuminating answers for geeks of all ages. Marshall & John share their Harryhausen memories, as well as a discussion on the role of fans in preserving and promoting his cultural contribution and legacy. Find 'Vintage Geek- The Quiz Book' on Amazon and all good booksellers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vintage-Geek-intriguing-questions-fascinating/dp/1912836025 #Harryhausen100
3 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’- The Frank Skinner Show
Ray Harryhausen fan Frank Skinner discusses new book ‘Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’ on Absolute Radio. Check out Frank’s reaction to the book, as well as an incredible impression of one of Ray’s creations! Titan Books publication 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies', by John Walsh, is out now- get it on Amazon.co.uk and all good booksellers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1789091101/ #HarryhausenLostMovies
54 minutes | Sep 13, 2019
Episode 28- Harryhausen: The Lost Movies, Part 2
Episode 28 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast concludes our two-part celebration of 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies'. Released on September 10th, the book examines Harryhausen's unrealised films, including unused ideas, projects he turned down and scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor. This book includes never-been-seen-before artwork, sketches, photos and test footage from the Harryhausen Foundation archives. This episode contains interviews with official Foundation conservator Alan Friswell, whose detailed knowledge of Ray's work was vital in piecing together some of the book's lost treasures. We then turn to an interview with Screen Novelties animators Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh, who helped Ray to complete one of his 'Lost Movies' in 2002- the short Fairy Tales film 'The Story of the Tortoise and the Hare'. Mark and Seamus chatted to Ray's daughter Vanessa Harryhausen about their time working with her father. Harryhausen: The Lost Movies is OUT NOW! Enjoy the episode, and please get in touch with any feedback or queries on Ray’s hidden treasures.
64 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
Episode 27: Harryhausen- The Lost Movies, Part 1
Episode 27 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast celebrates Ray Harryhausen's 'Lost Movies'. The first of two podcasts exploring Ray Harryhausen's unmade films, this episode features interviews with contributors to upcoming Titan Books publication, 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies'. The book examines Harryhausen's unrealised films, including unused ideas, projects he turned down and scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor. This book includes never-been-seen-before artwork, sketches, photos and test footage from the Harryhausen Foundation archives. Author John Walsh is joined by collections manager Connor Heaney, as we hear thoughts on Ray Harryhausen's unmade treasures from director Terry Gilliam, artist Graham Humphreys and animator Jonathan Webb, as well as previously unheard interview snippets from Ray Harryhausen himself. Enjoy part one of this podcast special, and look out for part 2, coming soon!
12 minutes | Aug 9, 2019
'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’: John Walsh on TalkRadio, 6th August 2019
Listen back to John Walsh's interview about 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’ . John was interviewed on talkRADIO by Paul Ross, and shared some of the treasures uncovered in the upcoming Titan Books publication. For the first time, the secrets have been unearthed for those unmade films. Missing scenes from the films you love. Stunning artworks, models and test footage all revealing new worlds, epic lands and fearsome creatures that until now had thought to have been lost for all time. Find out more about ‘Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’ on Titan Books' website: https://titanbooks.com/9849-harryhausen-the-lost-movies/ #HarryhausenLostMovies
55 minutes | Jun 17, 2019
Episode 26- The Music of Ray Harryhausen Vol. 4: the 1970s
The fourth installment of our musical retrospective focuses on the soundtracks for two of Ray Harryhausen’s most beloved films- the two Sinbad films of the 1970s. With ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’, Ray was able to work alongside one of his musical heroes- legendary composer Miklos Rosza. The resulting soundtrack was a perfect fit for the 1973 classic, with a rich and exotic score that acted as the perfect accompaniment for Ray’s fantastical on-screen creations. Then, in 1977, up and coming composer Roy Budd created the soundtrack for ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’- a score packed with adventure and magic. Listen as hosts John Walsh and Connor Heaney select their personal highlights from both scores, as well as their thoughts on Ray Harryhausen’s movie music from this period. Selected tracks from Intrada Records 2016 release for ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ are presented, in order to showcase music which was either edited or cut completely from the final film. Foundation conservator and Harryhausen megafan Alan Friswell also joins us to share his thoughts on the rich musical legacy of the Sinbad films. Track listing: Intro- Main Title (Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger) The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 'Koura Challenges Sinbad To Fight Kali/Kali Fight/Green Men Put Margiana In Pit' 'Homunculus Drops Tablet on Sinbad’s Ship' 'Centaur Attacks Sinbad ' Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 'Minaton' 'The Pyramid' 'Melanthius'
75 minutes | Apr 5, 2019
Episode 25- Kurt Christian Interview
Episode 25 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast is dedicated to a very special interview with actor Kurt Christian, who starred in two of Ray’s most beloved movies. As Haroun in ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’, and Prince Rafi in ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’, Kurt had key roles in consecutive Harryhausen classics. Within both films, Kurt was able to star alongside some of Ray’s finest casts, as well as facing some of a memorable array of Harryhausen creations on screen. Listen as Kurt recalls memories of his co-stars, behind the scenes anecdotes, and his recollections of working with the legendary Ray Harryhausen. A must listen for film fans everywhere- thank you to Kurt for providing such a fascinating interview! #Harryhausen100
52 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
Episode 24- Mighty Joe Young, 70th Anniversary Special
Join us for a 70th anniversary celebration of Mighty Joe Young! Hosts John Walsh and Connor Heaney explore the 1949 classic, aided by excerpts from a previously unreleased commentary for the film from John Landis and Ray Harryhausen. Hear anecdotes and behind-the-scenes secrets from Ray's first film, made during the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. John and Connor discuss personal memories of Mighty Joe Young, as well as some of the incredible treasures from the film which are held in the Foundation's archive. Music in this episode was taken from the fantastic 2005 recording of the Mighty Joe Young soundtrack by Monstrous Movie Music. Check out this release, and much more besides, at http://www.mmmrecordings.com/MJY/mjy.html #Harryhausen100
60 minutes | Dec 17, 2018
Episode 23- The Music Of Ray Harryhausen Vol.3: The 1960s
Our third retrospective on the film music of Ray Harryhausen sees us delve into the latter part of the 1960s. Containing some of the most diverse soundtracks of any period of Ray’s career, this eclectic selection of music covers a range of themes and genres. Containing tracks from ‘First Men in the Moon’, ‘One Million Years B.C’ and ‘The Valley of Gwangi’, join us for a lively discussion on the scores to these classic Harryhausen films. Particular attention is paid to the full soundtrack for ‘Gwangi’, was was unleashed for the first time in 2018 by Intrada Records. The label was able to locate and restore elements from the original score, which had long thought to have been lost to history. Enjoy the episodes, and please share your own thoughts and favourites with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages! #Harryhausen100
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