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Young Harryhausen’s – ‘Evolution of the World’ Brontosaurus Armature (1938-40)

July 22, 2014

This is a cool revelation, thanks to The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation … After about 76 years we are finally able to examine a detailed photo of one of Ray Harryhausen’s early armatures used when he was just a young 17-18 years of age. The youthful Ray at that time, teaching himself stop motion and undertook an ambitious Evolution of the World stop motion animation project which was never completed and only some unfinished scenes remained. In the scenes, there was a triceratops, an allosaurus (I think), and a brontosaurus.

For Stop motion geeks into the technical minutiae: It is known that Ray’s parents were very supportive of Ray’s pursuit in model animation. His father, Frederick, was a machinist metal-worker. He assisted his son, Ray with the design & fabrication of stop motion skeletal armatures. Interesting to see Frederick using the principle of ‘Universal Joints’ with the ball/socket, which is not as common and a little more advanced than the standard sandwich-style ball & socket joints. So, herewith enclosed is a pristine photo of the Bronto armature used (click on photo below for super large size) by Ray.

What is a Universal Joint?

Here are the brief scenes of the never completed ‘Evolution of the World’. Remember, this is a very young Ray Harryhausen who was just beginning to grasp stop motion but you can see glimpses of his signature dynamic character animation style starting to develop. NO digital-schmigitidal, mouse-clicking computers, frame grabbers in 1938-40 ;) … the model miniatures & puppets, & other elements, composited (combined) & executed IN the camera ….

Topics: Biography-Books-History, Stop Motion, Stop Motion Armatures | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Young Harryhausen’s – ‘Evolution of the World’ Brontosaurus Armature (1938-40)”

  1. Tony says:

    Unique. Ray Harryhausen was cool before CGI

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