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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!
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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  Hobbyist 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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IggySeymour 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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Necro--Titan Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Digital Artist
the passing of a legend one who's name shall be echoed till the end of times.
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M-SEIJIN Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
*Falls to my knees and sheds a tear*
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HobbsEnd Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
This my friend, is brilliant! I love the stuff the man did, it inspired me in ways creatively that almost no one ever did. Rest in peace my good sir, and thank you!
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BuddhaKong Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. A great man has passed after a long a fruitful life, but his works will always live on, for the child in all of us.
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Muscle-Wolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
A legend has past
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hotrod2001 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Definitely a huge loss. Without people like him and George Pal movies would be nothing like they are now.
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konggodamera Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
He was a great man, and a legendary figure amoung us Kaiju/monster movie lovers.
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TurokSwe Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Great journal! We will all miss Harryhausen, and more people should know about him and his awesome work! Rest in peace, Ray!
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HeartlessHunter13 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist
RIP
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, so sad to hear a true legend as been lost. I heard that his work influenced steven spielberg a lot and without him there would have been no star wars.
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DinoDude75 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
He was a wizard at stop motion.

He may rest in peace.
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T-R-E-V Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Nice article and video too, BTW.
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T-R-E-V Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
"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."

This really pisses me off, and saddens me too. I actually semi-ranted about it yesterday.
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Hedorah1971 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well spoken Matt. And more like Long Live the King!
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Mexicankaiju Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
He will always be the King of Special Effects.
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BurgerKingGhidorah Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wait....didn't he die a LOOONG time ago?
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T-R-E-V Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
:facepalm:
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CerberusSEL Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well said!

Ray was one of those few, rare gems in the history of mankind, whose imagination and artistic mastery inspired generation upon generation of people, from artists, to film makers, video game developers, and of course, the movie going audience that enjoys the awe and wonder of special effects movies.
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DragonJengaFist Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I'll be honest and say I had no idea who that guy ever was and didn't know he even existed till I read that but his contributions speak for themselves, so I give my condolences to his family and hopefully you all will agree with me when I say Hopefully his passing will not start a chain of poorly made re-makes on the Sci-fi channel
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n3v3rw1nt3rw0lf3 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My heart aches for this loss, but as you said it is a time of remembrance. Harryhausen influenced so many aspects of cinema and creativity. well written piece Matt. Thank you for it.
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Javi280 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He isn't just a man that invented a genre of cinema that would eternally effect the course of films of today, he wasn't just a man that gave us the art of stop motion either, he is a saint in cenimatogrophy altogather for that he deserves a spot in recognition in all of us, not just we the hardcore fans but also to anyone that loves a good show or a movie in general to begin with, the fact that there was no news of this is obsene to begin with. He will be forever be, the king of kaiju, the king of stop motion.
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:slate: the world is a darker place with his passing :pray:
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GVK2010 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ray you will be missed. :(
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AxisEnigma Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Sad Day!
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nerdsman567 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest in peace, Ray Harryhausen.
You will be missed. :(
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Kooshmeister Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Godspeed, Ray. Nobody defined my childhood quite like you. I even have a framed picture of him with the original Mighty Joe Young puppet, signed.
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RobotdragonX Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
..... ;_;
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Chardactyl Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
R.I.P. Mr. Harryhausen
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TheOneKingLeek Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I always loved his work...even to this day...I grew up watching his films thanks to my dad...a lot of great memories. RIP Ray Harryhausen
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GeneralMechanics Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Salutes*
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ryulover19 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Writer
R.I.P Ray Harryhausen. You will be missed. *sniff*
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NakamuraXAkira Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I imtend to have a movie weekend in rememberance
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M9314 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An important pioneer in visual arts and special effects. He will be dearly missed.
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BiggEzilla82 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Rest in Peace, Ray Harryhausen.
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Liokaiser Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
To quote someone cause I forget who said it.

"Heroes get remembered but legends never die"

So true with Harryhausen and his legendary gifts to the world.
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Leviarex Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
That would be Babe Ruth in 'The Sandlot', and I agree you couldn't ask for a better quote to describe a legend like Ray.
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DragonKnight92 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Oh my god, Ray Harryhausen just recently died?
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Leviarex Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Am I correct in assuming we'll be seeing your own tribute to him sometime soon?
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Ramsimation Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I've grown up on his movies, dude, i know how you feel, I have his art book and when i heard the news last night I found myself reading it and feeling so empty...
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wewewezing Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
RIP Ray Harryhausen
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