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RIP: Visual Effects Master Ray Harryhausen

05.07.2013

Sad news today, as legendary visual effects guru Ray Harryhausen has passed away. Harryhausen was a pioneer in the industry, perhaps best known for his work on CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981), JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, and THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD. He inspired generations of filmmakers and advanced the craft of visual effects to new heights, paving the way for the groundbreaking work we see on the big screen today. He will be missed, but his legacy will always remain.

Here is the statement released by the Harryhausen family:

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), MYSTERIUOUS 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.

Tributes have been heaped upon Harryhausen for his work by his peers in recent years.


“Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much.” “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS”
George Lucas.

“THE LORD OF THE RINGS is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie’. Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made – not by me at least”
Peter Jackson

“In my mind he will always be the king of stop-motion animation”
Nick Park

"His legacy of course is in good hands
Because it’s carried in the DNA of so many film fans."
Randy Cook

"You know I’m always saying to the guys that I work with now on computer graphics “do it like Ray Harryhausen
Phil Tippett

“What we do now digitally with computers, Ray did digitally long before but without computers. Only with his digits.”
Terry Gilliam.

"His patience, his endurance have inspired so many of us."
Peter Jackson

"Ray, your inspiration goes with us forever."
Steven Spielberg

"I think all of us who are practioners in the arts of science fiction and fantasy movies now all feel that we’re standing on the shoulders of a giant.
If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn’t be who we are."
James Cameron

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Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite Harryhausen movie? I'll always be partial to Clash of the Titans, which is a staple of my childhood.
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10:20PM on 05/07/2013

Very Sad...

A true master has passed.

God bless you sir.
A true master has passed.

God bless you sir.
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9:27PM on 05/07/2013
A titan of the industry has left us. Thanks for blazing a trail, Mr Harryhausen.
A titan of the industry has left us. Thanks for blazing a trail, Mr Harryhausen.
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9:22PM on 05/07/2013

RIP

Some of the best things of all best things have come from this man. What a legacy. It is refreshing to read this comments column and see I am not alone in cherishing his iconic, inspirational and incomparable work. Personal favorite scene: Talos in Jason & the Argonauts.
Some of the best things of all best things have come from this man. What a legacy. It is refreshing to read this comments column and see I am not alone in cherishing his iconic, inspirational and incomparable work. Personal favorite scene: Talos in Jason & the Argonauts.
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8:53PM on 05/07/2013

RIP

RIP you were a true god to the movie industry and paved the way for the talent we have had over the years.
RIP you were a true god to the movie industry and paved the way for the talent we have had over the years.
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8:38PM on 05/07/2013
Things just got very animated in movie heaven.
RIP Ray, a man of supreme talent.
Things just got very animated in movie heaven.
RIP Ray, a man of supreme talent.
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7:52PM on 05/07/2013
This is a sad news indeed. Rest in peace, sir. Your legacy will live on and you'll be missed. Extra tidbit: Jason and the Argonauts - the Skeleton Armies.
This is a sad news indeed. Rest in peace, sir. Your legacy will live on and you'll be missed. Extra tidbit: Jason and the Argonauts - the Skeleton Armies.
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5:53PM on 05/07/2013

Oh, wow...

I'm only 22, but this man's presence has been vibrant in my life. Most people have no idea who he is but they need to, because they owe so much to this legend. Personally, I grew up with "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad," its images forever burned in my brain. "Mighty Joe Young," "The Valley of Gwangi," the list is endless, not to mention I've heard nothing about him except for how much of a wonderful human being he was. This truly is a sad day. R.I.P., brother
I'm only 22, but this man's presence has been vibrant in my life. Most people have no idea who he is but they need to, because they owe so much to this legend. Personally, I grew up with "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad," its images forever burned in my brain. "Mighty Joe Young," "The Valley of Gwangi," the list is endless, not to mention I've heard nothing about him except for how much of a wonderful human being he was. This truly is a sad day. R.I.P., brother
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5:38PM on 05/07/2013
Harryhausen is a big reason why I love those old stop motion films and science fiction in general. A trendsetter and visionary, he will be missed....
Harryhausen is a big reason why I love those old stop motion films and science fiction in general. A trendsetter and visionary, he will be missed....
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5:00PM on 05/07/2013

R.I.P.

He was behind of my fondest childhood memories in cinema, A great legend that will be surely missed.
There will never be another like you Harry. Vaya con Dios
He was behind of my fondest childhood memories in cinema, A great legend that will be surely missed.
There will never be another like you Harry. Vaya con Dios
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4:41PM on 05/07/2013
I must have watched the "7th Voyage of Sinbad" at least 100 times throughout my childhood. It was one of the movies that made me love cinema, and the fantasy genre. RIP
I must have watched the "7th Voyage of Sinbad" at least 100 times throughout my childhood. It was one of the movies that made me love cinema, and the fantasy genre. RIP
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4:21PM on 05/07/2013

Farewell to a legend

an incredible pioneer whose creations were often better actors than the real actors in his films. Farewell to one of the great pioneers of cinema.

Extra Tidbit: the original CLASH OF THE TITANS and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.
an incredible pioneer whose creations were often better actors than the real actors in his films. Farewell to one of the great pioneers of cinema.

Extra Tidbit: the original CLASH OF THE TITANS and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.
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4:13PM on 05/07/2013
A monument to creativity, innovation, and imagination in all mediums.

Thank you for changing movies for the better forever Mr. Harryhausen.

Extra tidbit: Jason and the Argonauts and Mysterious Island.
A monument to creativity, innovation, and imagination in all mediums.

Thank you for changing movies for the better forever Mr. Harryhausen.

Extra tidbit: Jason and the Argonauts and Mysterious Island.
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3:17PM on 05/07/2013

Sad, Sad Day

Ray Harryhausen is one of my favorite filmmakers of all time; this is very sad news. My heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Favorite Harryhausen movie- Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger
Ray Harryhausen is one of my favorite filmmakers of all time; this is very sad news. My heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Favorite Harryhausen movie- Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger
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2:57PM on 05/07/2013

Extra tidbit

I'm pretty fond of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
I'm pretty fond of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
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2:42PM on 05/07/2013

i actually got teary eyed

i'm only 32 but because of him so many things were able to be done in the industry. the world really did lose a great person
i'm only 32 but because of him so many things were able to be done in the industry. the world really did lose a great person
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2:20PM on 05/07/2013
Now those were real special effects. He put his heart and soul into every creature he made, and you could tell. That's what made those films truly magical.
Now those were real special effects. He put his heart and soul into every creature he made, and you could tell. That's what made those films truly magical.
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2:20PM on 05/07/2013

Rest In Peace

Very sad news, a great man, a pioneer and a true artist. His work nurtured my love of film and sparked my imagination. Thank you, Ray.
Very sad news, a great man, a pioneer and a true artist. His work nurtured my love of film and sparked my imagination. Thank you, Ray.
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2:08PM on 05/07/2013

Truly sad...

He was one of my all-time personal heroes... He made my childhood that much better with the magic he produced! RIP good sir.
He was one of my all-time personal heroes... He made my childhood that much better with the magic he produced! RIP good sir.
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1:49PM on 05/07/2013

RIP

Legend.
Legend.
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1:47PM on 05/07/2013
Farewell to a titan....
Farewell to a titan....
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1:38PM on 05/07/2013
Sad news for anyone who ever loved movies...
Sad news for anyone who ever loved movies...
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