Wednesday, May 8, 2013

R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

CNN: Special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen dies at 92
By Todd Leopold, CNN
updated 3:18 PM EDT, Tue May 7, 2013
Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation and special-effects master whose work influenced such directors as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and George Lucas, has died, according to the Facebook page of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

Harryhausen was 92. The page did not offer a cause of death.

Harryhausen's pioneering work on such movies as "Mighty Joe Young," "Jason and the Argonauts," "One Million Years B.C." and "Clash of the Titans" (1981) was widely praised for its ability to blend stop-motion effects -- models filmed one frame at a time -- and live action.
There is a slideshow of Harryhausen and his creations at the link.  If you prefer to see his work move, Nebris shared a video showing all of Harry's creatures plus a couple of spaceships in chronological order from "Mighty Joe Young" to "Clash of the Titans."

The Ray Harryhausen Creature List

The four and a half minute compliation of every Ray Harryhausen animated creature in feature films, presented in chronological order.

Read the complete creature list at

The song is "Mon Ti," from the incomparable Tito Puente's album "Top Percussion."
R.I.P. Mr. Harryhausen.

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