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Few people outside of film geekdom and kaiju fan circles seem to know just how important a figure Ray Harryhausen has been to the art of cinema and special effects. The mastermind behind the modeling and stop-motion animation effects of films like CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, and the film that is said to have influenced GOJIRA's production more than any other, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, has passed away at the ripe age of 92.

Ray lead a hell of a long, fruitful life. He gave us all so very, very much, and now is not so much a time for mourning as it is a time for remembrance and celebration of a life well lived.

Many will recall that my first full one-shot comic was WRATH OF THE TITANS: CYCLOPS, a tribute to Harryhausen's immortal imagining of the Cyclops. Ergo, Ray had a special place in my heart.

My friend and writer Richard has penned a nice article on Harryhausen, in which he includes a brief recounting of my own meeting with the special effects legend.
www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/…

As well, check out TCM's tribute video to Harryhausen. Lots of great memories here.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=X--o7R…

Long Live the Legacy!
  • Watching: Valley of Gwangi
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3ird0fHerme2 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Artist
a little bit of my childhood died that day....
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Godzilla2003 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I grew up with Harryhausen's films, and you couldn't help but love them. They have that unique charm no other person can replicate in their movies, no matter how hard they try.
R.I.P, Ray. We'll never forget ya.
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Forge-Silvershield Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm saddened to hear this. May his work be longtime remembered.
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blackwing2 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU FOOL
The Harryhousen can never die!
He lives on as a clay figure that just moves really slowly between photos!
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VampireMistressKayla Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Two of my favorite films as a kid growing up were 10,000 years B.C. and Clash of the Titans, other films I grew familiar with as I got older, but I always greatly admired all of Ray Harryhausen's films! The monsters always looked so friggin' cool and you could only imagine the amount of time and patience that went into carefully posing the figures each and every time!

Another great loss to all those who cherished his work.... i will miss him a lot... <:*(
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Chewy17 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The master of movie magic will never be forgotten.
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AssaultGodzilla Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He will most certainly not be forgotten.
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SeaSerpentine Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
His films (and Willis O'Brien's films) inspired me to do stop-motion and helped fuel my interest in mythology. They will continue to influence me for years to come. R.I.P., I wish I could have met him at least once.

I planned on doing a tribute picture, but I've been swamped for the last two days; I might do it later this week.
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DurayTron Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Now I understand why I been crying for the last few days,I hadn't had that type of gross sobbing since my father passed away in 2002.
It's strange how I just knew someone legendary pass away,I seem to sense these things without fail. I bid Ray Harryhausen a great blessed after life! :rose:

Tanaka and Toho production staff : Our greatest regards,we'll never forget him,including the inspiration to drive us to where we are at today,thank you Ray Harryhausen! :

Shinichi Wakasa : It's because of Ray Harryhausen,our monster Kaiju making wouldn't been inspired,our regards and prayers to him.
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Festum Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Rest in Peace, Maker of Monsters.
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