R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

Ray Harryhausen, master of stop motion wizardry and pioneering special effects, has passed away. He was 92 years old.

Mr. Harryhausen’s Hollywood film work spanned 40 years and ended in 1981 with Clash of the Titans.  In the early 1980s other pioneering special effect technologies using robotics and computers began to supersede the stop motion technique, and Ray decided to retire from active filmmaking.

He’s most famously known for his work on Mighty Joe Young, which garnered an Oscar in 1949 for Best Special Effects.  Other notable movies are the Sinbad movies, and Jason and the Argonauts with its iconic skeleton warrior scene.

R.I.P. Ray HarryhausenRay Harryhausen
1920-2013
RIP

Below you can find a video, with a young Harry, highlighting and detailing some of the stop motion work he did over the years.  The second video show the iconic skeleton warrior fight from Jason and the Argonauts.

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  • TronSheridan

    a sad day for such a pioneering artist. Stop motion animation is a lost art, replaced my almost cold and impersonal CGI. RIP Ray.