Why Are The Hoosiers Are ‘Worried About Ray” Harryhausen?
Despite being released back in October of 2009, our “discovery” of this music video by English pop/rock band, The Hoosiers, couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, with Laika’s own stop motion juggernaut (ParaNorman) hitting theaters this Friday. As any self-respecting stop motion knows, Ray Harryhausen is one of the godfathers of visual effects, specifically for his own brand of stop motion animation (Dynamation) which he used to great effect on films like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts.
The single, Worried About Ray, pays tribute to Harryhausen as a misunderstood tinkerer. As a pioneer in visual effects I’m sure Harryhausen had his fair share of under-appreciated visions and this video reminds us that he was someone who all of us strange, weird and geeky kids can relate to. Plus, the dude playing him in this video sorta looks like a mix between Rick Moranis and Henry Spencer from Eraserhead… so there’s that.