I am maybe an ancient to a lot of members, in my belief that the term "Special Effects" were just that, Special, but not it would seem today, the CGI stuff just is not Special. I am going on a rant now, bear with me, my friend on here Andrew, thinks I hate Disney, not so,
I think the work of Disney, the best in animation, the early work being little Rembrandts, beautifully drawn and animated, by this I mean the Pinocchio's Bambi, Peter Pan, Disney lost it with films like Aladdin, Hercules etc, smart arse wise cracks etc, are NOT the films
I think Disney are loved for, but that is my observation. Believe it or not, I've actually had prints of Little Mermaid, ( part payment on a job) Aladdin, Lady & the Tramp bought by me brand new, watched twice, flogged on. A point of contention with me are the poor effects on Disney live action films, pantomime wires, dodgy back projection, and that awful saucer in the "Witch Mountain", which I had too on 16mm
Their greatest achievements were "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea", their first live action, but never bettered, a milestone, and "The Black Hole".
I know things move on, we now have stuff that look more real than the leaders of our countries, God do they need animating, but I digress, My favourite type of film in the FX, as if readers of this forum need reminding, is the Stop Motion kind, of which, apart from Danforth, Beswick, Allen etc, Harryhausen is the doyen of these films, a man alone whose work still creates in youngsters a state of wonder, years ago, these ancient movies keep kids enthralled, why, because they are timeless, they never age costume wise, the
dialogue is of the time, no smart remarks, and creatures that are not too fantastic as to never have been real. Now Andrew thinks we're "poles apart", not so, he has bought a film "Jack the Giant Killer", a very good fantasy film, created by its producer, who rejected
Harryhausen's Sinbad, then seen it was a success, made this, but with a young Jim Danforth, who had gleaned from Ray, how certain set ups were done, he was caught out on some scenes, but that apart, the film on 8mm, from Red Fox is superb, colour etc is top dollar,
the models are not so good, as Danforth himself explained, he didn't make them, but a nice film, the witches scenes are very good.
My admiration for men who worked in stop motion never falters, a skill not many have these days, a skill which will soon be forgotten,
hence my fierce loyalty to a master, "Our Ray"