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Ray Harryhausen Has Passed Away

A legend as left us

By Robert T. Trate     May 07, 2013
Source: Comingsoon.net

A true legend has passed away. Ray Harryhausen died on May 7th, 2013. His family has issued a statement to the press. 

Raymond Frederick Harryhausen 

Born: Los Angeles 29th June 1920

Died: London 7th May 2013.

“The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations. 

Harryhausen’s fascination with animated models began when he first saw Willis O’Brien’s creations in KING KONG with his boyhood friend, the author Ray Bradbury in 1933, and he made his first foray into filmmaking in 1935 with home-movies that featured his youthful attempts at model animation. Over the period of the next 46 years, he made some of the genres best known movies – MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949), IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955), 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957), MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961), ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966), THER VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969), three films based on the adventures of SINBAD and CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981). He is perhaps best remembered for his extraordinary animation of seven skeletons in JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963) which took him three months to film. 

Harryhausen’s genius was in being able to bring his models alive. Whether they were prehistoric dinosaurs or mythological creatures, in Ray’s hands they were no longer puppets but became instead characters in their own right, just as important as the actors they played against and in most cases even more so. 

Today The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, a charitable Trust set up by Ray on the 10th April 1986, is devoted to the protection of Ray’s name and body of work as well as archiving, preserving and restoring Ray’s extensive Collection”.

We here at Mania have alway celebrated Harryhausen’s work. We take comfort in the fact that he will be with his long time friend Ray Bradbury. 

I think Steven Spielberg said it best when he said, "Ray, your inspiration goes with us forever." 

Ray we will miss you. Know that your legacy will live on with each new generation of filmmaker and film buff. 

Check out the official Ray Harryhausen site for his full body of his work here

Sit back and enjoy this scene from Jason and the Argonauts


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lusiphur 5/7/2013 10:16:55 AM

 RIP Ray.  Your works have inspired generations of filmmakers.  Thank you for all you've done.

axia777 5/7/2013 11:07:23 AM

HAIL TO THE KING BABY!  King of all practicle Special Effets that is!  None shall be greater.  RIP harry.  Thanks for all the great memories!

muensterjohnson 5/7/2013 11:07:48 AM

The master has passed. His legacy continues in the thousands of filmmakers and SFX people world wide that found inspiration in his works.

Thank you Ray.

RaithManan 5/7/2013 11:13:41 AM

Rest in Peace Mr. Harryhausen.  Your work and contribution will never be forgotten.

monkeyfoot 5/7/2013 11:18:37 AM

Like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Harryhausen is one of those people who made my childhood a place filled with magic.

chrismidkiff 5/7/2013 12:30:15 PM

R.I.P Ray Harryhausen     You will be forever missed

VermithraxPejorative 5/7/2013 12:49:48 PM

R.I.P., Mr. Harryhausen......I grew up with your magic on screen! You will be missed!

almostunbiased 5/7/2013 1:16:57 PM

This dude did AMAZING things.  When I was a kid I knew those skeletons weren't real, but I was like WOW I can see them fighting these things, this is totally cool.  He was a magician.  That's all there is to it.  RIP.  God's blessings to the family.

doublec 5/7/2013 1:27:13 PM

 RIP, sir. You were not only one of the greats, you were truly one of the greatest...

Chopsaki 5/7/2013 2:17:46 PM


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