Worms and Flowers

An Army of Sunflowers

Posted in Garden by Lzyjo on April 4, 2010

The infamous stop-motion animated skeleton scene from Jason and the Argonauts is unfolding in my garden. (You can see the original scene on YouTube Jason and the Argonauts Skeleton Scene.)
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Near the end of the story Jason kills the hydra guarding the golden fleece. Meanwhile the evil King Aeetes takes the teeth of the hydra, plants them, says a short prayer to Hecate, and the teeth emerge as an army of seven skeletons in a quite dramatic fashion, not unlike the thick clay crust in my garden.

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  1. HappyMouffetard said, on April 4, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    I love this analogy – Ray Harryhausen was a genius. That scen is the best bit of the film – it used to terrify me as a child! I shall view my germinating seeds in a different light now.

    I agree Harryhausen is a genius. I can’t imagine filming a stop-motion animation scene for over four months. Incredible. I’m glad you appreciated the analogy. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. tina said, on April 5, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    That movie clip was like too fun. Now I’ll have to add the movie to my queue and watch the whole thing. I love those old movies. The sunflowers do look like the slaves hatching out.

    LOL! It is a MUST see for sure. A really important moment in movie history and also a classic story. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by.

  3. ourfriendben said, on April 5, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Gulp. I always feel that way about my emerging hostas. I love hostas, but those circles of emerging dragon teeth are really scary looking!

    Isn’t it amazing how terrifying plants can look, particularly at emergence. Lilies for example and be a little frightening too. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Gail said, on April 5, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Wow! I never saw that movie! But I was reminded of Brandon Frasier movie, The Mummy and the skeleton warriors. OFB is right we may never see our emerging seedlings the same~~I do think that my hellebore flower buds have a toothy and ‘feed me seymour’ look to them! gail

    I know what you mean about the Mummy it has that same horreur about it. I agree emerging hellebores are very frightening, almost like the plant in the little shop of horrors. :)

  5. Jen said, on April 7, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Too funny, Lzyjo !
    I think peony shoots are pretty scary looking too. They look like bloody fingers reaching for the sky!

    LOL! Love the bloody finger analogy. Rhubarb is also quite scary, I think it also has the bloody finger thing going on!


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