Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, will host a series of film screenings and expert lectures this fall as part of “Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie,” the comprehensive exhibition of the original models, prototypes, bronzes, sketches and storyboards of the fantasy films of stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen that can only be seen in SMO’s smART Space galleries.
The film and lecture series will include “Jason and the Argonauts” at 7 p.m. Friday, “Clash of the Titans” at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” at 7 p.m. Dec. 2.
October’s “Clash of the Titans” screening will include a lecture about the movie’s history and legacy from Connor Heaney, collections manager for the Scotland-based Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, and a first-ever post-screening Q&A with Heaney and Vanessa Harryhausen, the special effects master’s daughter.
“‘Clash of the Titans’ is a film which is held in treasured memory by fans worldwide, and so it is with great excitement that The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation will be able to honor the movie 35 years after its release. Our appearance at Science Museum Oklahoma will complement the wonderful ‘Mythical Menagerie’ exhibition — the first major display of Ray Harryhausen’s creations in the USA for many years,” said Heaney in a news release.
“To mark this landmark exhibit, Ray’s daughter Vanessa Harryhausen will make a unique public appearance in a post-screening panel, through which she will share some of her most treasured memories. As somebody who was on-set during the filming of ‘Clash of the Titans’ and ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger,’ a unique perspective on her legendary father’s life and career will be warmly recounted in public for the first time,” he added.
A limited number of VIP tickets for the “Clash of the Titans” screening will include a reception and meet-and-greet with both Heaney and Vanessa Harryhausen.
As previously reported, Science Museum Oklahoma’s exclusive exhibit “Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie” includes original art and models from five 20th century Harryhausen classics: “Clash of the Titans,” “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” and “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.”
“We’ve been working on it for about a year and a half now, and it’s finally here,” smART Space Director Scott Henderson, told me in a recent interview. “He was the grandfather of all special effects and stop-motion animation in cinema. … I remember these movies as a child and how special they were to me.”
Included in the nearly 150 artifacts on exhibit are original armatures of Cyclops from “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” Skeleton Warriors and Hydra from “Jason and the Argonauts,” and Medusa, the Kraken, Bubo the Owl and Pegasus from “Clash of the Titans.”
USA Today included “Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie” on its recently published list of “11 must-see fall exhibits at U.S. museums,” which you can check out here.
“We are thrilled to screen three of Ray Harryhausen’s cinematic masterpieces on the big screen, and on top of that, to be able to offer the rare opportunity to hear about Ray’s life and work from those who know it so well — Ray’s daughter, Vanessa Harryhausen, who grew up with his creatures, and Connor Heaney, who has worked tirelessly to catalog the foundation’s collection,” said Henderson in the news release.
“This is an event that should not be missed, especially for fans of cinematic history, fantasy and special effects.”
Heaney will return to Science Museum Oklahoma in December for the screening of “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” which will include a lecture about the film and its history. The screening will wrap up the milestone exhibit, which is set to close on Dec. 3.
General admission tickets for the Sept. 15 and Dec. 2 screenings are $10 each and include the screening and access to the exhibit. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Concessions, along with a cash bar for those 21 and older, will be available at all screenings.
VIP tickets for the Oct. 20 screening of “Clash of the Titans” are $100 and include a reception and meet-and-greet with Heaney and Vanessa Harryhausen, reserved seats in the auditorium, and access to the exhibit both before and after the screening. General admission tickets to the Oct. 20 screening are $25 and include the screening, lecture, Q&A, and access to the exhibition following the screening.
Tickets for are on sale now online at www.sciencemuseumok.org, over the phone at 602-6664 and at the museum during regular business hours.
“Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie” is part of the Harryhausen Foundation’s #Harryhausen100, a countdown to Harryhausen’s centennial on June 20, 2020. Now in its 30th year, the foundation archives, preserves and restores the Harryhausen collection and works to educate the public about his unique contributions to film history.
For more information about The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Scottish Charity No. SC001419), go to www.rayharryhausen.org.uk.