Ray HarryhausenIn a fitting and well deserved birthday tribute, the models of stop-motion effects master Ray Harryhausen may be archived for future generations in the National Media Museum.

Today is Harryhausen's 90th birthday and, as part of the celebrations, it has been revealed that the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation are working closely with the NMM in Bradford to set up a permanent home for his models and drawings from career spanning 68 years, although a fund raising campaign will be necessary to ensure the acquisition of over 20,000 items.

US-born Harryhausen made his name for his stunning visual effects and monster animations in sci-fi and fantasy films, which were a staple of Bank Holiday television schedules throughout the 70s and 80s. His most famous creations include the sword-fighting skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts (1963), a T-Rex terrorising Raquel Welch and some cavemen in One Million Years B.C. and the incredibly creepy Medusa in 1981's Clash of the Titans.

Read more about Harryhausen's monster collection after the jump... Ray HarryhausenIn a fitting and well deserved birthday tribute, the models of stop-motion effects master Ray Harryhausen may be archived for future generations in the National Media Museum.

Today is Harryhausen's 90th birthday and, as part of the celebrations, it has been revealed that the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation are working closely with the NMM in Bradford to set up a permanent home for his models and drawings from career spanning 68 years, although a fund raising campaign will be necessary to ensure the acquisition of over 20,000 items.

US-born Harryhausen made his name for his stunning visual effects and monster animations in sci-fi and fantasy films, which were a staple of Bank Holiday television schedules throughout the 70s and 80s. His most famous creations include the sword-fighting skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts (1963), a T-Rex terrorising Raquel Welch and some cavemen in One Million Years B.C. and the incredibly creepy Medusa in 1981's Clash of the Titans.

Harryhausen said: "Now I have reached 90 it is important, certainly in my profession which does not have a reputation for looking after cinematic artefacts, to preserve my art in all its forms available for future generations."

In another tribute to Harryhausen's career, today sees the opening of the Ray Harryhausen: Myths and Legends exhibition at the London Film Museum, featuring a selection of models from his extensive archive on display for twelve months.

Watch the incredible skeleton swordfight from Jason and the Argonauts below...

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