Past News & Events

Thursday 12th September 2013

Ray's memorial service took place at St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, London at 3pm. The service was held by Fr. Simon Grigg. The family and Foundation had invited special guests, amongst whom were Colin Arthur, Terry Gilliam, David Spoxton, Nick Park, Barry Purves, Sue Bradbury, Mark Warham, James Mansfield and Gary Raymond. Tributes were given by Tony Dalton, Ken Ralston, Sir Christopher Frayling, Peter Lord, Caroline Munro and John Landis. Music included the love theme from The Thief of Bagdad, On the Street Where You Live from the soundtrack of My Fair Lady, the main theme from King Kong with of course a musical tribute from Laurel and Hardy. There was both sadness and laughter throughout the service and tributes.



The interior of St Paul's Church, Covent Garden as people began to come in for the service.  Photo: Simon Harvey.



Just before the start of the service in the wonderful Inigo Jones designed church commonly called The Actors Church.  Photo: Simon Harvey.


A special 10-page brochure for the service was produced by the Foundation.


Brochure Cover

Any spare copies will be sold on this website when the shop opens.

Any donations should be made to The Ray Harryhausen Scholarship Fund which will, it is hoped, help students of model animation in Europe and the US.

Following the service, guests were invited to The London Film Museum in Covent Garden for a reception and to record their memories of Ray.

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Later at the reception at The London Film Museum in Covent Garden. L-R - Gary Raymond, Jeremy Thomas, Ken Ralston and John Landis pose for photographs in front of a statue and two large photographs of Ray, after completing filmed interviews about Ray. Photo: Simon Harvey.


Both the service and the reception were filmed and an edited version will be linked to this website ASAP.


Wednesday 28th August 2013

Tony visited the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, England to give a lecture about Ray and his art to a full house in the magnificent Victorian Hall at the museum.  The lecture was in conjunction with an exhibition called ANIMATE running there until the middle of October in which is featured some of Ray's creations. 


Photo: Mark North

Sunday 16th June 2013

Join The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation for a screening of Jason and the Argonauts on the 16th June 2013 at the BFI Southbank. This special screening not only celebrates Jason and the Argonauts' 50th anniversary, but also remembers the genius of Ray Harryhausen's career. Jason showcases some of the best-loved creatures made by Ray including Talos, the Hydra and the iconic Skeleton Army.

We also invite you to take part in the BFI's Funday Workshop, where using Jason and the Argonauts as inspiration, you can create your own Harryhausen-esque creatures. With the usual prizes for the most inventive storyboards and arts and craft stands, this day is a must for Jason fans new and old!

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Foundation Curator, film historian, and Ray's official biographer Tony Dalton.

5th October 2012

Tony appeared at the Anifest in Canterbury to deliver a lecture about Ray and his art in front of a audience of students and representatives from Pixar and Dreamworks. Accompanying him were two of Ray's emissaries - one of the seven skeleton's and the saber-tooth tiger from Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.  Afterwards Tony signed copies of all five books.

Tony explains the complexities of animating the tiger. Next
to the model is one of the skeletons.
Tony posing with the tiger and the skeleton.

Photo: Images by Ralph.

Tony explains the complexities of animating the tiger. Next to the model is one of the skeletons.


Tony posing with the tiger and the skeleton.

29th June 2012

Ray celebrated his 92nd birthday at home with Diana and Vanessa with a surprise lunch of Hamburgers, French Fries and champagne.  Ray was quoted as saying 'I have nothing to say'.


Vanessa adjusts the balloons to read 92 rather than 29!.
Photo: Tony Dalton.


Vanessa sits on her dad's lap whilst he looks slightly bemused. 
Photo: Tony Dalton.

Friday 9th December 2011

Ray and Tony at Ray's London home celebrating the release of their 5th book - Ray Harryhausen's Fantasy Scrapbook.  The book has received exceptionally good reviews from the UK press and is due for release in the US early in 2012.  Also in the picture are the original models of Medusa, one of the living skeletons and the Figurehead.

Ray and Tony celebrating the release of their
fifth book

Ray and Tony celebrate their fifth book.
View the book in collectables

Wednesday 29th June 2011

Ray has a relaxed 91st birthday at home with his wife Diana and daughter Vanessa.  The cake was a present from Vanessa and the household and pictured Ray relaxing (very unusual) on location on Clash of the Titans

Rays 91st Birthday

Rays 91st Birthday Cake

Rays 91st Birthday

1st March 2011

On Tuesday the 1st March 2011, Ray was presented with an exact copy of the Mighty Joe Young armature by Jeff Taylor of Taylor Design Inc.

Jeff flew over from Las Vegas for the special presentation of the armature to Ray at his London home.  Ray received Number 1 of 4 limited edition copies of the original large armatures (the same number as were made for the original film).  The armature was made by Dolphin Machine Inc and the Project manager was Dan DiCello, the Lead Machinist was Bret Bernhard and the Supervising Engineer was Jeff Taylor.  A special plaque was placed on the base that reads Presented to Mr Ray Harryhausen. March 1st 2011. In Memory of 'Jennifer'. 

As soon as Ray received the armature, which he originally had helped to design in 1947, he immediately began manipulating it into stop-motion poses.  Until now Ray had always said, 'Everyone has an armature but me'.  Ray also noticed that certain stops, or pins, (to make sure the armature was not able to go beyond practical poses) had been left off the design.  Jeff was impressed that after all the intervening years Ray had noticed such a small detail.

Please click on the images below, to view larger versions:

ray and jeff

Ray with Jennifer

Ray Posing Jennifer

Ray and Jeff Taylor. 
Photo: The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation. 

Ray with 'Jennifer'.  Photo: Jeff Taylor

Ray posing 'Jennifer'. 
Photo: Jeff Taylor.


13th November 2010

John Landis proudly holding one of the seven skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts and Ray proudly holds his Lifetime Achievement award from the Bradford Animation Festival (BAF).  John didn't get to keep his model.  Photo: The National Media Museum.

On Saturday 13th November 2010 Ray received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Bradford Animation Festival.  Although Ray was unable to attend he had previously recorded a message of thanks for the festival with friend and director John Landis. mHuBOd64&feature=channel v=qRv5jqu8QMM&NR=1

When Ray was first presented with it he thought it looked like an 'Osgood' so we suspect the name will stick.  Representing Ray and the Foundation, Tony Dalton attended the festival and introduced a screening of Jason and the Argonauts accompanied by the same model skeleton which John is seen holding.

4th September 2010

On Saturday 4th September 2010, Ray was interviewed by Tony at The Cinema Museum in London, a magnificent Victorian workhouse in Lambeth that has historical connections with Charlie Chaplin.   During the almost 2 hour illustrated talk, also attended by Ray's daughter Vanessa Harryhausen, Ray and Tony signed copies of the new limited edition book Ray Harryhausen - A Life In Pictures.


Ray makes his way to the stage at The Cinema Museum to the applause of a full house, which included Vanessa Harryhausen and members of the technical team working on Tim Burton's new London-based stop-motion feature Frankenweenie, scheduled for release in 2012.  Photo by Vanessa Harryhausen.


During the break in the talk Tony shows the audience the book Ray Harryhausen - A Life in Pictures, which both Ray and Tony signed for members of the audience.  Although now over 90 by the end of the evening Ray had enjoyed himself so much, he wanted it to go on.  Photo by Vanessa Harryhausen.

Monday 12th July 2010

On Monday 12th July 2010, Sony Pictures Digital Productions dedicated its largest screening theatre to Ray.  It is called The Ray Harryhausen Theater.  Amongst those at the dedication were John Landis and Randy Cook who both gave tributes to Ray and his work.  Ken Ralston, special effects designer, who was unable to be there, said before the dedication,  'As the people walk in, just seeing his name and contemplating for a minute the inspiration he's been to so many - not just effects people, but filmmakers in general.  Ray Harryhausen has a global influence.  And we're glad he has a home with us'.  Photos by John Landis.

Thursday 11th February 2010

Thursday 11th February 2010 saw the launch of two exciting fabrics based on Ray's designs by the internationally renowned Liberty Department Store.  Ray and Tony attended the store, which is just off Regent Street in London, to promote the fabrics and to sign books.

Tony and Ray pose in their special shirts in front of the actual fabrics.  Tony is wearing the achelon (based on Ray's design for the creature in One Million Years BC) and Ray wears Prehistoric Forest that was based on a drawing for the unrealised Valley of the Mist.  If any fans want the fabric they will have to wait a while as both designs sold out on the day.
Photo by Mark Mawston 

Ray is asked to sign a piece of fabric bought by two fans at Liberty.  This piece was going to be framed.
Photo by Mark Mawston

Ray and Tony each wearing shirts made of the two designs, are accompanied by one of the seven skeletons featured in Jason and the Argonauts.
Photo by Mark Mawston

22nd November 2009


Above: Ray and Tony signing books at Christies auction rooms in London on Sunday 22nd November.  They were joined by film director and friend John Landis (left) and cinematographer John Mathieson (behind).
Photograph - Mark Mawston



Right: Ray poses with John Landis who is holding one of the seven skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts.
Photograph - Mark Mawston.




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