Passing of a Legend: Ray Harryhausen (Open Thread)

© Miri WTPOTUS May 9, 2013


Who hasn’t been thrilled by the special effects in the movies of Ray Harryhausen? The legendary writer, movie producer, and inventor of Dynamation died two days ago, at the age of 92.

Who could ever forget that thrilling scene from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, when the skeleton militia arose, armed for battle, out of the fertile soil of Harryhausen’s imagination? It scared me then; it scares me still, 40 years after. Who’d ever seen the likes of that?!! Nobody.

Harryhausen was a true pioneer–a special effects wizard who inspired those who followed, such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, James Cameron, Steve Archer, Jim Danforth, Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero, among others.  In his early years, Harryhausen worked with such fellow masters as Willis O’Brien, Ray Bradbury, Forrest J. Ackerman, Frank Capra, Theodore Geisel (“Dr. Seuss”), Charles H. Schneer, and Irwin Allen.

Among his more memorable works:

  • Mighty Joe Young
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
  • It Came from Beneath the Sea
  • 20 Million Miles to Earth
  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • One Million Years B.C.
  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
  • Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
  • Clash of the  Titans

Raymond Frederick Harryhausen   June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013

May he rest in peace.



109 responses to “Passing of a Legend: Ray Harryhausen (Open Thread)

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    “CBS Anchor Scott Pelley Confesses They’re Getting Big Stories Wrong All The Time”

    [watch screen at 1:53]

  3. “The twelve minute video that could make Jay Carney curl up in the fetal position”

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  5. HAPPY Mothers Day!!!! 🙂

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