Tag Archives: animation

Goodbye to Ray Harryhausen


Ray Harryhausen, the genius of visual effects, died on May 7th in London at the age of 92. He will be remembered for his cutting-edge stop-motion animation film monsters, which inspired a generation of film makers including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, George Lucas and Peter Jackson.

Harryhausen was born Raymond Frederick Harryhausen in Los Angeles in 1920, and from an early age he had an interest in dinosaurs and mythical creatures. When he saw the 1933 version of King Kong, he was inspired to pursue a career in film model animation. He built his models by hand, and filmed them one frame at a time, which gave his animated sequences an unparalleled sense of reality.

The Visual Resources Centre at NCAD has one of Harryhausen’s best known films, Jason and the Argonauts, which includes a famous animated sequence involving an army of living skeletons. According to its creator, the sequence took three months to film.  Our library also stocks Tony Dalton’s book The art of Ray Harryhausen, published by Aurum in 2005.

For more information about Ray Harryhausen, see the Guardian’s Harryhausen obituary.

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Ladislas Starewicz’s animated film in the Internet Archive


Władysław Starewicz (Moscow 1882 – Fontenay-sous-Bois 1965) was a Russian-born animator of Polish parents, who moved to France after the Soviet Revolution of 1917. His stop-motion animation work is imaginative, surreal, daring, and technically highly accomplished, especially since it was made long before the era of CGI. The Internet Archive now has a complete version of one of his best known films, The Mascot. It is the poignant story of a little dog puppet who goes through all sorts of dangers to give an orange to a little girl dying of scurvy. The film was listed by Terry Gilliam as one of the 10 best animated films of all time.

Watch The Mascot

Drawing Pictures


Drawing Pictures: A short course on the History of animation

Our very own James Armstrong is teaching this short course on film animation at the Irish Film Institute. The course includes screenings of animated films such as “Pinocchio”, “Paprika” and “A scanner darkly”. It is an enjoyable opportunity to learn more about animated films.

Christmas suggestions from the Visual Resources Centre


It’s that time of the year again, and we know that after a filling Christmas meal, all you want to do is sit on the sofa and watch a good movie for the next two hours. So we have a few suggestions for films that you can borrow for the Christmas period from our video collection: comedies, classic movies, thrillers, documentaries, children’s films…there is a little here for every taste. Enjoy!