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:: Saturday, March 14, 2009 ::

The Children of the Hydra's Teeth

Mrs P, Slim and I attended the Ray Harryhausen book signing, Q&A and Jason and the Argonauts screening at the Watershed on Thursday. Seeing the film on the big screen was great. I maintain that it still looks better than most of the CGI fests that we see today. It’s a shame model animation is such a dying art. And seeing the man in person, still sprightly and chipper for his 89 years, was an inspiration.

It was a shame that the lip-sync was a couple of frames out. (Or was it always like that!?) I could also criticise the continuity, the colour matching, the acting and the characterisation, but that’s all irrelevant. I never thought I would quote Tom Hanks but as he said when presenting Harryhausen with a special Academy Award, "Lots of people say Casablanca or Citizen Kane is the greatest film of all time... no way, it's Jason and the Argonauts!" And he was right.

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