Sony Movie Channel bids farewell to Ray Harryhausen with marathon

Sony Movie Channel bids farewell to Ray Harryhausen with marathon
The cyclops from "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad." (File photo)

Master stop-motion visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen died Tuesday at age 92. There have been multiple farewells and remembrances of the man who brought so many mythical monsters to life on the big screen, but Sony Movie Channel is saying farewell the best way possible: actually showing his movies.

On Saturday, the channel will air three of Harryhausen's films from its library: "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger."

The films will follow a documentary about the man and work titled, "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan," which will air at 9:45 a.m. PDT.

"The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" was released in 1958 and was the first of the three Sinbad movies Harryhausen produced for Columbia. It remains one of Harryhausen's best received films and was selected to be a preserved film by the United States Film Registry in 2008.

"The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" was also a box office success and featured more fantasy creatures of Harryhausen's design, including a centaur and a griffin.

The third and final film in the trilogy, "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" was released in 1977, just a few months after "Star Wars" was released and changed the face of films and visual effects forever. The film received mediocre reviews and was Harryhausen's second to last film. His final film was "Clash of the Titans" in 1981.