Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) is a movie set in mythological Greece based on an adventure in which Jason (the main character) has been set by the gods. He assembles a crew of the finest men in Greece and sets out to find and bring back the golden fleece.

During Jason's adventure to find the golden fleece, he comes across various different mythological creatures, all of which were animated using stop motion animation by Ray Harryhausen. These creatures include; Talos (a bronze giant statue), Harpies (blue winged creatures), a Hydra (multiple headed serpent) and armed skeletons which are the most famous of the creatures due to its epic 4 minute stop motion sequence at the end of the film.

All the creatures in the film had been animated very well which brought across a slight sense of realism for its age, the majority of movements by the actors would suggest that they were actually moving around a creature, with only a few minor movements to suggest otherwise. For example a few swings into the air during the skeleton battle sequence, which is fully understandable due to its age and complex movements.

A few favourite moments in the film would be the encounter with Talos, due to its detailed model and the battle with the skeletons, due to its complex choreography.

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