Ray Harryhausen/Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
Ray Harryhausen was the king of stop motion animation. Bar none. From the 1940s he added the classic touch to films such as Jason and the Argonauts, Mighty Joe Young and Clash of the Titans. The creatures he designed and brought to life to threaten, fight, or protect were innovative and well ahead of their time. Even today, in the age of CGI, they seem somehow more lifelike than those generated via computer. Watching the army of skeleton warriors in Jason and the Argonauts is creepily effective.
In 1977 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger was released, and I was taken to see it as a surprise by my mum at Muirend Cinema (sadly no longer with us). As an 8 year old, I was captivated and totally in awe. I really believed that these creatures could exist. Perhaps not in the South side of Glasgow, but somewhere anyway.
I’ve caught up now with most of the other movies that had the Harryhausen touch, but something about this one – maybe the robotic Minotaur, the huge wasp or perhaps Jane Seymour – has stuck with me.