Wednesday, May 8, 2013

RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!! R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

Today at Drawbridge (the drawing blog I am a very occasional contributor to) we honored recently departed stop-motion guru Ray Harryhausen, the special effects whiz behind such classic movies as Jason & The Argonauts, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, and Clash of the Titans (I'm talking about the 1981 original-- the recent remake was an execrable pile of something unspeakable).
Release the, uh, me!
Ah, Clash of the Titans, you're not that bad a film.  I enjoyed you as a child, even though I was driven nuts by the scads of mythological inconsistencies.

The top thing that drove me nuts was the Kraken. The Kraken is not Greek!! It's a Norwegian monster, from, like, two millennia later. In the original Greek Myth, the sea monster that jeopardizes Andromeda is Cetus, a giant whale monster. As an adult, I now know that the reason for the substitution was that  Harryhausen thought that a giant squid monster like the Kraken  would be more fun to animate than a giant whale.

In recent years the catchphrase of "Release the Kraken" has become something of a meme. And it is fun to yell-- I especially recommend shouting it while in the stall of a crowded public bathroom. I decided today to draw Harryhausen's Kraken to honor the man and his work, even if it wasn't Greek ;)

Bonus image-- Here's my retelling of the Perseus rescuing Andromeda myth from Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess. I restored Cetus to his proper mythological position. But, somehow, "Release the Cetus" doesn't have the same ring to it.


  1. Well, if one name won`t work, find something close. :)
    That was my favorite part in your books, the Perseus and Andromeda thingy...
    Now, excuse me, I`ve got a Kraken to release.

  2. Summon Cetus!!!

    The thing that annoyed me to no end in the newest Clash/ Wrath of the Titans is prayer-powered gods. Why does everything have to have a 'scientific' explanation?

    And poor Kronos. Just can't get any love.