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Author: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

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Welcome to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, the show dedicated to the life, career and films of a special effects titan!
43 Episodes
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 and all good booksellers! #HarryhausenLostMovies
'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 and all good booksellers! #HarryhausenLostMovies
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: #Harryhausen100
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 and all good booksellers: #HarryhausenLostMovies
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.
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!
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: #HarryhausenLostMovies
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'
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
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 #Harryhausen100
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
We were delighted to speak with esteemed actor, writer and director Mark Gatiss for Episode 22 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast. Star of 'The League of Gentlemen', 'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock', Mark spoke about his memories of Ray's films, and of their influence on him as he grew up in the 1970s. Listen in for a surprising connection between Ray Harryhausen and the League of Gentlemen! We'd like to thank Mark for his time, and for sharing all of these wonderful memories. We also discuss the Foundation's latest publication project, entitled 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies', as well as a catch up on the recent release of our poster book. #Harryhausen100
Author Richard Holliss and Foundation Trustee John Walsh are interviewed by guest presenter Jumoke Fashola on BBC Radio London, discussing the newly released ‘Harryhausen- The Movie Posters’. Hear Richard discuss the history of Ray’s movie posters, whilst John explains the history of the Foundation and some of our future plans.
We take a look back at the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation’s appearance at San Diego Comic Con 2018 in Episode 21 of our podcast. Listen to audio from our talk ‘Ray Harryhausen- The Return of the Special Effects Godfather’, as well as interviews with some of the fans and collectors who attended this year’s convention. Also, find out more about an exclusive screening of ‘First Men in the Moon’ at London’s Regent Street Cinema on September the 8th, and the chance to have your copy of ‘Harryhausen- The Movie Posters’ signed by author Richard Holliss. We also announce a new book from the Foundation, which is due to be released in Autumn 2019, as well as rounding up news of our 2020 centenary celebrations, which will see the largest exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s work ever seen at the National Galleries in Edinburgh. We finish the episode with an exclusive preview of our interview with ‘The League of Gentlemen’ star Mark Gatiss. Enjoy!
The Summer of 2018 sees a number of exciting announcements from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. Join us for a special catch-up in Episode 20. We start with news of the imminent publication of ‘Harryhausen- The Poster Books’. Catching up once more with author Richard Holliss, we discuss the creation of this unique exploration of poster art, and our upcoming poster book event on August 26th. An exclusive interview follows, as Ray’s daughter Vanessa Harryhausen catches up with ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ star Caroline Munro on their 45 years of friendship. The two met on the set of Ray’s 1973 classic, and have been close friends ever since. We preview our next few shows, including a glimpse into our next podcast special, celebrating the release of the full soundtrack for ‘The Valley of Gwangi’ through Intrada Records. We also announce our upcoming appearance at Comic Con International in San Diego this July, and an exciting teaser regarding the largest exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s creations ever seen, lined up for his centenary in 2020. #Harryhausen100
Comments (1)

Andrés Briano

After discovering Harryhausen in my late teens and even writing about him for a film magazine from back home, I’ve really been enjoying this podcast. When I saw the episode WITH the “other” Ray, one of my all-time favorite authors, I couldn’t believe my eyes (ears?). This episode is such a treat. Thank you for sharing!

Apr 19th
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