Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ray Harryhausen, 1920-2013

Ray Harryhausen, the visual effects maestro, passed away today at the age of 92. 

Across five decades Mr. Harryhausen worked alone to create true movie magic; today it takes legions of technicians, artists, and craftsmen to do what he did.

SciFi and fantasy movie fans will recall Mr. Harryhausen's work in films such as, Mighty Joe Young (1949), Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), the incomparable Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), and his final film, Clash of the Titans (1981).  He is known primarily for his mastery of stop motion animation, but he was often involved in story creation, drawing and designing the various creatures encountered in his movies, and handling many other areas of the special visual effects for his movies.

Mr. Harryhausen's films took us on adventures to all corners of the globe and across the ages.  After watching Jason and the Argonauts or his Sinbad movies, who doesn't want to don a loincloth and head out across the sea in search of the unknown?

We will miss you Ray, but thank you for all the incredible films and thrilling adventures you gave us. 

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