Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sometimes, you want to ask, "Whatever happened to...?"

In this case, "Whatever happened to the models Harryhausen used in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger?" Well, the troglodyte model failed to survive. That's because Harryhausen cannibalized the figurine in order to make the Calibos figure for the 1981 film Clash of the Titans.

You can see the similarity here. Note how the Calibos figure on the pedestal lacks its left hand? That's because, in the film, Perseus cuts it off. Calibos replaces his hand with a metal cup and pike. (It doesn't help him: He's stabbed to death in the film anyway. Bwah ha ha ha ha! Die, evil swamp thing, die!)

Harryhausen was honored in 1991 with the ninth "Gordon E. Sawyer Award" -- a special Oscar for making extremely significant technological contributions to the film industry.

None of Harryhausen's films were nominated for Oscars, not even for effects. He did work on Mighty Joe Young, but he was just one of many technicians. Willis O'Brien -- Harryhausen's mentor -- was the effects supervisor on that film, and the Oscar (at that time) didn't even go to O'Brien! It went to the producer!!!! (In that case, it was Merian C. Cooper, and he invited O'Brien on stage to share the Oscar with him.)

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