Today we learned the sad news that special effects legend Ray Harryhausen passed away in London at the age of 92. But what a life well-lived!
Responsible for some of the most memorable stop-animation sequences ever, including the iconic sword-fighting skeletons in the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts, he is widely considered the master of stop-motion animation and his work can be seen in films like One Million Years B.C., The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and my all time fave, Clash of the Titans.
Harryhausen was inspired to learn stop-animation after seeing King Kong and he quickly became the inspiration for the next generation film directors. George Lucas has said “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no Star Wars.” And director Peter Jackson has described The Lord of the Rings as his “Ray Harryhausen movie”.
Make sure you check out this cool video we posted for more awesome work by Ray Harryhausen.
And here are some amazing images that are just a small sampling of Harryhausen’s incredible work. The world will surely miss this truly remarkable man. But luckily for us, his genius will live on and hopefully inspire more filmmakers to keep the art of stop-animation alive.
What’s your favorite Ray Harryhausen movie? For me it’s definitely Clash of the Titans! I can’t help myself with that movie, I will watch it no matter what whenever I see it on.
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