Fantastic Creatures at Dorset County Museum: Ray Harryhausen talk and film screening by Tony Dalton

Tony Dalton, Curator of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

Tony Dalton, Curator of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

An exciting talk at Dorset County Museum forms part of the current Pardoes ANIMATE! exhibition.

‘The Art of Ray Harryhausen’, by Tony Dalton, Curator of The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation and film historian, will illustrate Ray’s creation of unique fantastic creatures and his unequalled style of model animation with images from his career.  Beginning with a young Ray watching the 1933 King Kong in Hollywood, he was so inspired by the film he decided to try to recreate it and bring his own incredible creatures to ‘life’.  Over the years his films included such fantasy classics as Mighty Joe Young (1949), The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1952), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Clash of the Titans (1981).

This talk takes place on Wednesday 28th August at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children (aged 0-16) and are available from the Museum Shop on 01305 756827 or by emailing shop@dorsetcountymuseum.org.

A selection of Ray Harryhausen books available from the museum shop

A selection of Ray Harryhausen books available from the museum shop

There will be a book signing afterwards of Ray and Tony’s books, in particular, Ray Harryhausen: A life in Pictures which is available in the Museum shop.

Doors open at 7.00pm providing an opportunity to see the exhibition before the talk.

 

 

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New Exhibition: Pardoes ANIMATE! exhibition opens on the 13th July 2013 at the Dorset County Museum

Animate Exhibition 2013Pardoes ANIMATE! exhibition is an exciting new exhibition opening up the world of film animation to all enthusiasts of this fascinating art form.

Yvonne Hellin-Hobbs, curator of the exhibition said, “We hope the ANIMATE! exhibition will illustrate and illuminate the background of the animation art form for a whole new generation of fans. It will also awaken memories in an older generation by bringing some all- time favourite characters to life again at Dorset County Museum.”

ANIMATE! will include over 120 objects on loan from Exeter University, the British Film Institute Archive, The Ray Harryhausen Foundation, David Hand Productions and independent local animators.

One of the Hydra heads from the 1963 film 'Jason and the Argonauts' - The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation © 2013

One of the Hydra heads from the 1963 film ‘Jason and the Argonauts’  © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

The artefacts range from Victorian Flick books, zoetropes, shadow theatres, puppets and early animation machines to posters, catalogues and publicity material, original Disney and Hungarian film cells, concept sketches, sheet music and merchandising toys.
Visitors can follow the development of animation through time and see how the technology has developed to the present day, highlighting the work of ground-breaking animators along the way. There will also be a computerised animation package available within the exhibition space for youngsters to make their own, simple animated films.

A screening area will show examples of animated films from the simplicity of early work to the complex 3D animation that we are now so familiar with. It will illustrate how animation has and can be used in commercial

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Studios

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Studios

and political forms, such as advertising and propaganda, charting the development of animation during war and peacetime, prosperity and depression. Find out how technology itself has had an influence, with the coming of Television, 3D and games.

A series of events and talks at the museum will complement the exhibition – full details are available on the Museum website, facebook or on the ANIMATE! flyer available from the Museum or local TICs. Look out for a series of workshops to show just how it’s done from modelling a ‘Shaun the Sheep’ to creating 2D animated films.  The exhibition opens at Dorset County Museum on Saturday 13th July and runs until 19th October.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Dorset County Museum is grateful to the main sponsor, Pardoes Solicitors and to the other generous supporters who have enabled this exhibition to take place:

  • The Mansel-Pleydell & Cecil Trust

ANIMATE! Two Centuries Of Animation From Pencil To Pixel 13th July – 19th October 2013

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Studios

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Studios

For summer 2013 Dorset County Museum is mounting a major exhibition called Animate! which will cover the chronology and development of the art and technology of animation and its cultural impact.

Dorset County Museum is working in partnership with The Bill Douglas Centre at University of Exeter, Bournemouth University National Centre for Computer Animation, the British Film Institute and Aardman, as well as and the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. We are also delighted to have been able to work with Animated Exeter – the South West’s most exciting animation festival, inspiring the animators of the future.

The exhibition will look at the progression of animation from the early Victorian parlour toys, zoetropes, magic lanterns and flip books, through the work of Eadweard Muybridge, on into the golden age of animation in the early 20th century. Displays, installations and objects cover the rise of Walt Disney and the groundbreaking work of Halas and Bachelor, as well as the transition from silent to sound and from cinema to TV. An interactive exhibition suitable for all the family, Animate! will trace the use of animation in commercials, propaganda, pop videos and youth culture and the innovations of CGI, Pixar and recent computer games.

Alongside the Animate! exhibition there will also be an exciting programme of events including talks by Aardman animator Loyd Price. A full range of family activities will also be on offer, including a special half-day model-making workshop on 1st August with expert plasticine artists from the Aardman studios. To find out more about this fascinating series of activities see our events listings.

Dorset County Museum would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the Animate! exhibition: