In Memoriam: Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

We realize we’ve re-posted plenty of pieces and news items about this legend today, but this is our sentimental favorite. It’s absolutely, definitely worth a read, including many heartfelt quotes from the countless film-makers he influenced.

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“He and I made a pact to grow old but never grow up — to keep the pterodactyl and the tyrannosaurus forever in our hearts.” -Ray Bradbury

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I can’t begin to elaborate on the impact Ray Harryhausen had on my childhood. But I suppose I must start somewhere. To do this justice, here are a few on the glowing tributes pouring in from masters of the cinematic universe, of whom very little would be written about, were it not for Mr. Harryhausen’s imagination and influence.

“Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much. Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS.”
George Lucas

“THE LORD OF THE RINGS is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie’. Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made – not by me at least.”
Peter Jackson

“In my mind he will always be the king of stop-motion animation.”
Nick Park

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Special F/X Pioneer Ray Harryhausen Dies At 92

Be sure to check out the gallery – it rocks! Ray Harryhausen: 1920- Forever.

 

Ray Harryhausen: 1920-2013

We prefer the title Ray Harryhausen: 1920 – Forever. Be sure to check out the Facebook page for his foundation, as it has lots of goodies there.

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“He and I made a pact to grow old but never grow up — to keep the pterodactyl and the tyrannosaurus forever in our hearts.” –Ray Bradbury

 

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One of the pioneers in stop motion animation and movie special effects has died. OK, you knew exactly who I was talking about just from that description.

There is but one such pioneer who has achieved fame to match (almost) his movies. Ray Harryhausen, who brought the original “Mighty Joe Young” to life, whose models and model photography jazzed up many a sword and scorcery tale  — “Jason and the Argonauts,” “Clash of the Titans” – has died. He was 92.

Learning from Hitchcock, he made his name a brand, so much so that he’s often credited with stop-motion model work in films he didn’t make. But from the late ’50s on into the ’80s, Harryhausen & Co. were the folks you called when a guy in monster makeup wouldn’t do. CGI greatly reduced the need for this sort of admittedly jerky/fake looking effect. But that was part of the…

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Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Pioneer, Dies at 92

We’re old enough that we saw Clash of the Titans in the theater… and that the crowd loved it.

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