Ray Harryhausen RIP

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  • BinaryBob101 7 May 2013 17:59:42 22,371 posts
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    Sad day for film. :(

    Beautiful tender beings.

  • Deleted user 7 May 2013 18:00:16
    Sad. Honestly thought he died several years ago, though.
  • mrpon 7 May 2013 18:01:19 28,503 posts
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    Awww :(

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • Alastair 7 May 2013 18:02:37 15,497 posts
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    Shame indeed. Although, perhaps there'll be a tribute season on the telly...

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • Jono62 7 May 2013 18:02:44 13,967 posts
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    :(
  • LeoliansBro 7 May 2013 18:04:02 43,321 posts
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    Well fuck.

    RIP you utter, utter legend.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • ChronoTravis 7 May 2013 18:08:04 145 posts
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    I still have the Sinbad movies on VHS :) I used to love renting those, as well as Jason and the Argonauts and Mysterious Island from the Library, when I was a kid :)
  • YenRug 7 May 2013 18:08:42 2,034 posts
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    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=304330103034168&id=125012827632564



    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
  • grey_matters 7 May 2013 18:08:47 3,682 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    Well fuck.

    RIP you utter, utter legend.
  • YenRug 7 May 2013 18:11:10 2,034 posts
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    Had been debating buying this:

    http://www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk/en/Films-TV/Blu-ray/Ray-Harryhausen/Ray-Harryhausen-Special-Effects-Titan/product.html?product=E11184658
  • shamblemonkee 7 May 2013 18:13:14 14,287 posts
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9kmjW73-v4
  • Lukus 7 May 2013 18:16:08 19,007 posts
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    Awww. This is one of the few RIP threads that makes me a little bit sad. Brilliantly talented, visionary and pioneering in his field.

    Paintings & Photographs

  • RobAnybody 7 May 2013 18:25:21 884 posts
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    Very sad. :(

    R.I.P. Ray.
  • Waffleaber 7 May 2013 18:25:28 378 posts
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    Well shit. My ignorance to the fact he was still alive makes me extra upset. His work on Jason and the Argonauts was brilliant.
  • shamblemonkee 7 May 2013 18:29:49 14,287 posts
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  • Blerk Moderator 7 May 2013 18:30:59 48,225 posts
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    Aw, no!

    I totally loved his stop-motion stuff as a kid and I still get a kick out of it now. Basically I can never see an animated skeleton without thinking of him.

    RIP, Ray. You were the man!
  • shamblemonkee 7 May 2013 18:31:57 14,287 posts
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    A legend.

  • disusedgenius 7 May 2013 18:33:41 5,232 posts
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    BOO!
  • BinaryBob101 7 May 2013 18:38:28 22,371 posts
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    Legend and genius are ubiquitously overused words these days, but in this case both are absolutely true.

    Beautiful tender beings.

  • Vortex808 7 May 2013 18:41:47 6,980 posts
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    Blerk wrote:

    I totally loved his stop-motion stuff as a kid and I still get a kick out of it now. Basically I can never see an animated skeleton without thinking of him.

    Blerk has pretty much written my exact thoughts.

    :(
  • bad09 7 May 2013 18:51:28 5,664 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    Aw, no!

    I totally loved his stop-motion stuff as a kid and I still get a kick out of it now. Basically I can never see an animated skeleton without thinking of him.

    RIP, Ray. You were the man!
    Not much I can to add to this. Loved it as a kid myself man was a legend of cinema.

    RIP
  • Maturin 7 May 2013 19:32:14 2,892 posts
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    Sad day. RIP.

    Loved his movies as a kid. The skeleton fight in Jason and the Argonauts is still fantastic. I remember how much that scared me when I was young. Brilliant.
  • Siobheon 7 May 2013 19:37:17 76 posts
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    We watched Jason and the Argonauts not that long ago. The skeleton battle is fantastic and much better than today's CGI bombast. What a legend.
  • Jono62 7 May 2013 19:44:03 13,967 posts
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-gvn0EoPXQ&sns=em
  • Maturin 7 May 2013 19:55:24 2,892 posts
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  • Ged42 7 May 2013 19:59:52 7,704 posts
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    RIP Ray :(

    His skeletons are so fantastic, though one of my favourites are the Shiva statues that move like they're dancing.
  • Rusty_M 7 May 2013 20:01:03 4,595 posts
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    He really was an expert in his field. RIP

    The world is going mad. Me? I'm doing fine.

  • Malignant 7 May 2013 20:18:42 84 posts
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    His work with Medusa is still scary to this day. CGI still can't touch that.

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