Willis O’Brien Special effects extrodinare.

Do you like stop-motion? What if I was to tell you that this guy was Ray HarryHausons mentor? That is right, we are diving back into stop motion with someone who helped on one of the greatest stop-motion creators of all time. With the pictures that were taken by

How this one started

Picture if you will, a place with Oakland California in mind. There is where we get to see where Willis was born.(weirdo moment there.) But as we were. Willis had quite the interesting life where he worked in rodeos and did some tours for paleontologists to give people more information about dinosaurs in the area. Mostly the crater lake region. Willis also got some sculpting and illustrating on his spare time. Needless to say this landed him a job with the Sanfancisco Daily news drawing them a few cartoons in their papers.During that time this crazy guy decides to become a boxer who won nine bouts before retiring from that with a loss at the tenth,(kind of sore loser if you ask me. Get it?) after that mess, Willis worked on the railroad for a bit of time before he finally managed to land a gig as a marble sculptor assistant at the 1915 San Francisco fair. The cool part is when he also displayed some of his Dino sculptures, he used those models for 90 seconds of film marking the first step into the film industry though more independent.





The movies

His first movie as stated above was a movie by the name of The Dinosaur and the Missing link. 90 seconds of footage that soon became one career for one of the greatest monsters of all time. I tend to use the term “Monster because on the initial look of Kong you get the feeling of fear.” That will be included for the link below this part of the content. Well, this got the attention of the one and only Tomous Edison that he hired O Brein to work for the Edison company making short prehistoric short films. This also were the first set of films that included stop motion in live action films. But of course he ended up claiming his big fame with a later movie called The lost world which would later help Willis create his own clay models and catch even more attention from many other studios until he met for the first time, In 1925 Our Willis married someone named Hazel Collette and they had two sons who tragically met a horrible end that I will not go into too much detail here but I will leave a link to the full story below. Let’s just say the marriage was a pretty sad one to say the least. But back to Willis, He was met by Merian C. Cooper, Who was the head for RKO at the time who also recommended the cansulation of the project because he thought it was too”Dull.” Of course this would later land Willis into what I believe was one of the first Monster movies that became so iconic for the monster within.



His greatest works

King Kong was the first film project that finally end up being a movie as there were two other projects, including Frankenstein which I believe would have been awesome to see that happen, It could have even led to the first time we ever seen a Frankenstein movie with stop-motion. Along with that, we got a sequel one year later with Son of Kong and continued onward with some more favorites from RKO including The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) and The Dancing Pirate (1936) there was even a cool movie named (War Eagles about a race of Vikings riding on prehistoric eagles fighting with dinosaurs, but the project was canceled) You know (I wonder where you would put that sad emote in this blog.) I mean seriously, that would have been an awesome movie to see. Maybe one of these days I should see about trying to make that film real.) We at least got to see his own stuff well as developing his own project, Gwangi, about cowboys who encounter a prehistoric animal in a “lost” valley, which he failed to sell to the studio. Then we get the next big film in the form of Mighty Joe young which saw the birth of a more practice work with the one and only Ray HarryHauson! while Ray worked previously with O Brein in his earlier work with Ray HarryHauson.Some accounts even mention that Ray did most of the work on the films.

Needless to say though Willis fell into some hard times during his second marriage to Darlyne Prenett with whom he would remain until his death. O’Brien and his wife developed Emilio and Guloso (AKA: Valley of the Mist),about a Mexican boy and his pet bull who save their town from a dinosaur called “Lagarto Grande”, which was optioned by producer Jesse

Lasky, with O’Brien and Harryhausen on board to do special effects, before falling through.

Who was inspired

well, we are close to an ending where we are going to finish it up by talking about those people who would later make impressive stories/effects that would change the industry to what it is today.

Ray Harryhauson was the biggest person inspired by Willis who would later come up with the movies like 20 million miles to earth. Or the beast from 20,000 fathoms.So many of these movies are already listed in some previous blogs but I can see about fining the lesser know movies for everyone s viewing pleasure. I might also link the bio on this blog within this portion of my content and let you guys have a fill with Ray as well.

Mighty Joe Young (Blue ray only)


The Valley of Gwangi (Blue ray only)

The Last days of Pompeii

Son of Kong vs Mighty Joe Young

When you thought I couldn’t make a monkey out of you here I am back with another vs blog for this month. This time we have two monkeys for you to check out as they make a brawl for all style of a fight.(I knew I should have set up a wrestling ring. The squared circle would be perfect for these two. This idea was stirring around on twitter and it was brought up by this guy. @Zac123945

If you guys have a twitter you should check him out for sure.
pictures were taken by
Akira Kouchiyama.

ANBI

Soham Banerjee

Ettore Balocchi

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Son of Kong

Three blogs in a row! Oh, no it looks like you get a

a triple dose of review since GAMERA messed with my blogging schedule again. Now we get an interesting new one in the form of the son of Kong where we can see the glorious stop motion Willis O brian is best known for. Get ready for the chills and thrills as we venture into the forbidden jungles of Skull island where we encounter all sorts of dangerous beasts that will send you screaming and laughing from the pace of this fun movie. Just a friendly reminder I am an amazon affiliate and these pictures belong to
Soham Banerjee

andSeanMack

ANBI

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Spiders. Oh my!

Spiders? Spiders! SPIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you got a can of raid on you? cause you are going to need it for this blog. Make sure you get it in the extra size cause these spiders are big. A war between giant spiders fighting humans can only mean one thing. Total annihilation! pack the cans of Raid, arm yourselves with your biggest flyswatters, and get ready to run. These giant spiders don’t hold back. The pictures were taken by these wonderful people

Ввласенко

Basile Morin

Vengolis

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Gamera the brave (The last Gamera review)

Here we are. The very final Gamera review this site will see. A lot of things have been going out and about in other people’s lives so this is going to be another one of those blogs that will help take your mind off the troubles of the outside while giving you something to look forward to as a nice read/listen. Sit back, relax, and enjoy another review from that crazy writer who is manic of all things monster-like. picture of top one by  Cliff

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LA Dawson
Coyotepod

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My perspective on Gamera: The super monster

Yep, as you find out here I decided to take a different approach from the usual personal bios I usually market here. Instead, I wanted to try to give you guys an interesting perspective on an idea as to how I could make The last showa Gamera movie better using the same stuff that was used in all the films while introducing some new ideas that never made it out of Daiei studios. So keep your eyes peeled on this blog because we are going to go where no other blog has gone before.

 

Jaymoroccos

for the projector

Lorie Shaull

for special effects stunt.

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Irys vs Jiger

This is another fight that is something to get exciting. That is right. In this final Gamera themed verses is one where our main eventer Jiger returns for a final confection with a very new and powerful monster that could break that undefeated streak.with all this in mind, to celebrate I will be leaving this one as a linkless post to honer the last vs we will ever have involving the Gamera series altogether.
Zachi Evenor
Hans Hillewaert

CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

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Gamera:Revenge of Irys

Well, we have come to the stunning conclusion of our Gamera series I got to say we came very far in this. But like everything else it all has to come to an end.with this final review before we return to the normal program, I would like to give you a thank you for following me on this journey and ask that you keep on following. I did the Gamera series because I felt the turtle needed just a little bit more attention and I thought, why not do a marathon review of the next big G? As per usual I am an amazon affiliate and the pictures were made by LA. Dawson
Hans Hillewaert

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Gamera:attack of legion

Well, we are back with another review for you folks down in the dumps with our turtle fighting against a completely new foe that was never seen before in theaters. So take a seat, grab some popcorn, and turn down those lights because we got another movie review incoming. Once again as a friendly reminder I am an amazon affiliate.  Picture of the beetle was taken by Basile Morin

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a feminine touch to Gamera

Here we are, back with another personal bio for this month. This time we have a little bit of a feminine touch to our Gamera series with this actress being shown in Gamera: Guardian of the universe. I am of course talking about the one the only Ayako Fujitani!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am an amazon affiliate as usual and the picture of people was made by hinnk
(Ayako is the woman in the middle)

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