RIP Ray Harryhausen

Ray+Harryhausen+Myths+Legends+Exhibition+OU_Bd4_sRMelDeath of an icon, whom, due to CGI, we are unlikely to ever the likes of again.

Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films like The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963) augured the explosion of effects-driven cinema over the last 30 years, died in London on May 7 at the age of 92, according to his Facebook page.

Sad day… I grew up watching the Sinbad films, Jason & the Argonauts and arguably the better of the Clash of the Titan films. Those films transported the pre-teenager that I was to far off lands with creatures that pushed the imagination such as the Kraken, the Minotaur, Cerberus and of course the Skeleton Soldiers from Jason & Argonauts. Today we are bombarded with CGI to such an extent, that when I watch older films with my children, I have to remind them it was pre-computers just so that they truly appreciate the artistry that went into the special effects. I remember watch an episode of Clapperboard (ring any bells) focussing on CofT, in which Harryhausen cited seeing Willis O’Brien’s work on the original King Kong as his inspiration… I don’t think he truly knew how many people he inspired in the industry, save for how much his work was imitated. Rather than have men in suits trample model cities, or stick prosthetics to real lizards, Harryhausen did it the hard way with stop-frame animation, and the results were breath-taking.

The world will not see his kind again… thank you, Ray.

Source: IMDB
Reporter: SilverFox

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