Rest in Peace: Ray Harryhausen (1920 – 2013)

Ray Harryhausen
It is with sad heart that I report that the legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen passed away yesterday in London at age 93. Harryhausen worked his visual effects magic on numerous classic sci-fi and fantasy film Many of those films having inspired modern filmmakers such as Tim Burton, Joe Dante, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Stan Winston, Frank Darabont, Sam Raimi, Rick Baker, and John Lasseter. Just a few of the many films that Ray worked on are Mighty Joe Young, 20 Million Miles to Earth, and Clash of the Titans,/em>.

For myself the first time I experienced the wonder of Ray’s stop-motion magic was one Sunday morning in my youth when TBS was showing the 1949 Mighty Joe Young. I had already seen King Kong on TV at that point. This film of just cemented my desire to work in that medium when I grew up. To which I haven’t done professionally but I still goof off with stop-motion animation when I can.

Soon after catching the television broadcast of the 1949 film. there was a re-release of Jason and the Argonauts at my local theater. This was of course a couple of years before the Clash of the Titans release in ’81.Furthermore it was probably around the same time as Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. Which coupled with the release of Star Wars that year just completely blew my 5 year old mind and is probably a reason why I love films so very much.

[Via] YouTube Movies

Here is an interview with Ray Harryhausen and Joe Dante about the effects from Earth VS The Flying Saucers.

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I am very sad that we will no longer have new interviews or insights on stop-motion animation by Ray. However at the very least he has left us movie buffs a treasure trove of effects work to enjoy. I hope that wherever Harryhausen might be, he is talking about King Kong with his lifelong friends Ray Bradbury and Forrest J. Ackerman.

[Via] BAFTA Online


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