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Re: Krakenology



The Kraken in the new movie is a reflection of current video game generation monster morph-types. Big blocky head, lots of teeth, lumpy over developed body....yawn. It would fit better in the World of Warcaft.

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On Mar 6, 2010, at 6:59 AM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:

MKIRKALDY@aol.com wrote:
What is the Kraken in the new Clash of the Titans supposed to be? Great
look at its jaws, teeth and eyes in the  poster, and it roars in the
trailer.
Doesn't look much like a giant squid but maybe a T. rex-squid hybrid?


It is supposed to look like parts of the monster Ymir from the planet
Venus with tentacles attached.

Really.

The original Kraken model used in the 1981 Clash of the Titans movie was
bits of Harryhausen's Ymir model with tentacles.

I always wondered why they used the Nordic "kraken" name, and not the
Greek Typhon.


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