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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