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 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I can't say it's entirely unexpected given his age ( 93 ) but I am immensely saddened. The man was/is a special effects giant, a true colossus who's influence is near incalculable. I doubt you'll find any modern day sfx wizard who doesn't cite him as an influence and there's more than a few directors too, Tim Burton, Joe Dante and Steven Spielberg all come to mind.

Ray enhanced my childhood and has given me so many hours of enjoyment over the decades, I raise a glass to you Ray, legend and genius.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

R.I.P. Mr. Harryhausen.

There can never be anyone like you again.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

DP

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

A sad day, and yet so much to celebrate for such an amazing man.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

true master craftsman, the like of which will never be seen again.

RIP

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG which employed the same stop-action animation techniques used in KING KONG, was Ray Harryhausen's first feature film. The twenty-seven-year-old Harryhausen, who was hired by Willis O'Brien to aid in the preparation of drawings and other menial tasks, ended up doing most of the film's animation.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

If his name isn't featured front and center at next year's Oscar memorial tribute, it will be a crime. I'll listen to Jason and the Argonauts tonight in his honor.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

If his name isn't featured front and center at next year's Oscar memorial tribute, it will be a crime.


There'd better be a goddamn 10 minute standing ovation.

I'll miss you, Mr. H. Thank you for all you left us.

Going to go weep now.

RIP
frown

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Producers Jack Dietz and Hal Chester originally offered their independent film, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, which they made for $285,000, to RKO, but the studio declined the offer. Warner Bros., interested in entering the science fiction market, then paid $400,000 for the film. The studio budgeted an additional $250,000 for a coast-to-coast radio and television ad campaign preceding a 500-city rollout for the film.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Mr. Harryhausen has been a part of my life almost as long as I have memories -- I saw his films in theaters as soon as I could attend on my own at around age 5 -- either during special Saturday Afternoon Matinees -- or first run like "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad." Each new film was an event for me -- something to cherish and remember. Back then you could only see a film a couple times (sometimes only once) -- then it retreated into memory -- only enhanceable by comic books, still photos, or soundtrack albums.

Those memories are extremely precious and rare in that they retain their clarity and emotional immediacy so many years later.

Thank you Mr. Harryhausen. You changed my life for the better. My condolences to your family and friends.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The working titles of this film were "Attack of the Flying Saucers," "Invasion of the Flying Saucers" and "Flying Saucers from Outer Space." Actor Paul Frees provided periodic voice-over narration throughout the story.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I grew up in an area where the television reception was spotty. In those pre-cable days, we generally were able to see only three of the four local stations. But sometimes, when the conditions were right, that fourth channel became viewable. One of those nights was a Saturday, when the station was running its late-night Chiller Theater. There, through just a little bit of interference, I was able to view this fascinating black-and-white monster movie--THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"Great scientific advances are often times sudden accomplished facts before most of us are even dimly aware of them. Breathtakingly unexpected, for example, was the searing flash that announced the atomic age. Equally unexpected was the next gigantic stride when men moved out of his very orbit to a point more than 20 million miles to earth."

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Dinosaur fossils seen at the beginning of the prehistoric era sequence in THE ANIMAL WORLD were filmed during one week of shooting at the Museum of Natural History in New York. For that sequence, Ray Harryhausen and Willis O’Brien were hired to work with stop-motion cameraman Harold Wellman. Among the scenes recreated by Harryhausen and O’Brien are sequences of a hatching Brontosaurus, dinosaurs fighting, and a dinosaur eating a human, which, the narrator explains, would have happened if man lived during the Jurassic era. The twelve-minute sequence took seventy-three days to shoot,

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Awww, man. frown

Pretty much every filmmaker whose work I grew up on cited Harryhausen as one of their own inspirations. He left an indelible imprint on not only the fantasy and science fiction movies of his own, but of so many others since as well.

The titan behind the Titans has fallen. RIP, Ray.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Sad news, wonderful memories.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

I'm very grateful to him for all the movie magic he did, and all that he inspired many others to do.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

the wizard behind a lot of my childhood favorites. grateful we had him for as long as we did

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 7:30 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I was ten years old when my dad took me to see Jason And The Argonauts, and I was never the same after that. I'm 60 now, and I still adore Ray's work. I had the pleasure of meeting him, Charles Schneer and Beverley Cross over Memorial Day weekend in 1977.
The man lived his dreams, shared those dreams with the world, and inspired generations of young dreamers to do the same. He will always be an inspiration to me.

 
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