“Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life” by Ray Harryhausen

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This is a big, marvelous book for anyone with an interest in animation, special effects, and/or film history.  Animator Ray Harryhausen is perhaps one of the best known and most beloved stop motion animators of all time, and in this autobiography he takes great care in explaining how he devised all the wonderful effects that he’s famous for, discussing each film he worked on at great length.  He also included tons of photographs of props, armatures, drawings (he was a terrific artist), and blueprints for his stop motion puppets.  I loved this book.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

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