The legendary Hollywood FX man died Tuesday at age 92. Known for creating the monsters in such films as Mighty Joe Young and Jason and the Argonauts, Harryhausen spoke with Fresh Air in 2003 about studying animals in nature to create the monsters of our imaginations.
Director Wes Anderson has worked on a lot of movies, but with his stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox -- out on DVD this week -- he ventured into new territory: animation. Anderson tells Terry Gross that making a stop-motion picture is the most involved filmmaking he's ever done, but he also says that the process has "a sort of magic."
Director Wes Anderson has worked on a lot of film projects, but with his latest film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, he ventured into new territory: animation. Anderson says that making a stop-motion picture is the most involved filmmaking he's ever done, but he also says that the process has "a sort of magic."
Director Wes Anderson's first animated film is based on Roald Dahl's cheerfully wicked children's book about a wily fox who wages war on three farmers. Critic David Edelstein says the film -- with its stop-motion animation, big-name voice talent and quirky mannerisms -- achieves a degree of realism that isn't always apparent in the cult director's work.
He directs and provides voices for the new series Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network, which he describes as "SNL meets The Nightmare Before Christmas." It's a fast-paced, irreverent stop-action animated variety show.
The original movie soundtrack for the 1933 classic film, scored by Max Steiner, has been reissued on CD. Film Historian Rudy Behlmer, who wrote the liner notes for the new CD, talks about the making of King Kong. (Rebroadcast From Dec. 13, 1999.)