The oversized, 192-page hardcover features letters, production budgets and a diary of Harryhausen's first meeting with mentor Willis O'Brien; models from scuttled projects, such as dinosaurs from the unfinished “Evolution”; publicity posters and brochures; early film treatments and script extracts; early concept drawings, and storyboards and outtakes from several films. There are also charming marionettes from 1933's “King Kong,” which an impressionable young Harryhausen made after he saw the film, and watercolors he painted when he was 15.
When it seems there's little new to say about the pioneer animator whose amazing resume of classics includes “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” “Clash of the Titans,” “Jason and the Argonauts” and “One Million Years BC,” Harryhausen himself (along with old friend and co-author Tony Dalton) have opened some new doors to give us a peek into the fertile, original and creative mind of a genius.
“Ray Harryhausen's Fantasy Scrapbook” is a must-see for all movie lovers.
Dennis King blogs at http://blog.newsok.com/projections.