My Geeky Trivia
OK, here we go, week two. Whoo!! Last week I told you ten incredibly interesting facts about everyone’s favourite Archaeologist, Indiana Jones. This week, we are changing it, mixing it up and venturing into pastures new. This week we will be focusing on one of my personal geek heroes, a man who has brought more joy to the world than most other people can dream of. A man who turned dreams into reality, not using a computer like a modern man would do, but with his hands and mind and patience. This man, this demi-god of geeky awesomeness, is personally responsible for setting me on a path that forged my academic life. This man is… Ray Harryhausen. If you don’t know who that is, stop reading, hand in your geek identity card and go google him. I’ll wait here…
Back? Good, sorry for those who were waiting,and here, your I.D. Cards, you can have them back now. Right on to the trivia!!!
Clash of the Titans (1981)
As we all should know Cerberus was a three headed dog who guarded the underworld in Greek Mythology. A wolf/dog appears in this film, but with two heads not three. When asked why he didn’t use Cerberus, but instead Dioskilos, Harryhausen said, the extra head would have taken far too long to animate, and who can blame him!
Although called ‘Clash of the Titans’, no actual Titans appear in the film. Film Titans Medusa and the Kraken, are not actually Titans. Medusa was a mere monster, and the Kraken wasn’t even from Greek mythology, it’s Norse in origin. Still, makes it a better film though.
The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
Gwangi’s terrifying roar is actually the sound of a camel and a raspberry, played backwards!!
First conceived as a direct follow up to King Kong (1933), the film was left in production hell until much later. Footage was shot of cowboys in an African setting however, which was eventually used in the excellent Mighty Joe Young.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Harryhausen took four months to create the skeleton sequence by hand, on his own, the scene in the film lasts little more than three minutes!
Originally, this film was supposed to be another Sinbad adventure, Sinbad in the Age of Muses, most likely to capitalise on the success of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. The film would have had, Sinbad join the crew of the Argo, in search of the Golden Fleece. I’m glad this didn’t turn out.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
The first stop motion film to be shot entirely in colour!!
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
Quint himself, Robert Shaw, wanted the role of Sindbad, why didn’t you cast him!!!
Sinbad and The Eye of the Tiger (1977)
The live action filming was shot first, it then took Harryhausen almost 1 ½ years to complete the rest of the film in his home studio.
The baboon in the film was originally supposed to be real, but baboons are thought to be impossible to train, so Harryhausen was forced to create it himself, legend.
So there we have it, 10 facts that will enliven any dinner party gone wrong, or awkward date. Next week we will once again change out strategy, by looking at… 10 FACTS ABOUT MY FAVOURITE SIT-COMS!!! Join us…