The news of a Clash of the Titans has gone from rumor to reality, and has caused many stop motion enthusiasts to be filled with concern. Will the studio remaking the classic film honor the art form that made it famous, along with all the other Harryhausen films? 'Not likely' is the consensus opinion though it is only speculation. The pick of the director who recently completed the film The Incredible Hulk is a sure sign that the effects will be CGI.
This will surely be an opportunity missed on the part of Legendary Pictures, to take advantage of the tremendous viability and potential of the stop motion techniques of today. What makes the the concept of remaking Titans using CGI so objectionable, is that it is a film which serves as a showcase for the art of stop motion as well as one of the masterpieces of Ray Harryhausen. To replace his work with computer generated effects would serve as nothing less than a slap in the face to both the art and the artist responsible for the original Titans.
Several members of StopMotionAnimation.com (myself included) have done what we can and will continue to attempt to send this message to Legendary Pictures, they hold in their hands the rights to a film classic that is as much a film legend in its' storyline, music and acting as it is a stop motion masterpiece know specifically for the demonstration of that technique and the work of THAT MAN... Mr. Ray Harryhausen.
Paul McConnochie has done us the favor of putting together a short film that will serve as an appeal to Legendary Pictures to see to it that the art form of stop motion animation is the art of choice for this film. This appeal will probably fall upon deaf ears but, I can think of two important reasons for making the plea anyway... One- stranger things have happened, there IS a chance that a plea made loud enough and sincere enough may persuade them to listen and make the effort. And Two- If the only result is that perhaps our plea falls upon the ears and eyes of Ray Harryhausen himself, and lets him know we will never stop appreciating his works and contributions to the world of classic cinema... it will be worth the effort!
You can see the video here but, please also visit where it is posted on YouTube and leave a comment in support of stop motion being the first choice for the Creature Effects in this yet to be made film. Here's a link to that page...
This video is also posted on other video hosting sites, please visit those also and voice your opinion there as well. I'll link to those I come upon here and lengthen the list as I fine them...