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R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen 1920 – 2013

May 7, 2013
R.I.P.

R.I.P.

Well, here’s some bummer news via Bloody Disgusting.com: It has been confirmed by his family that legendary animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen passed away today at the age of 92. Via the official page on Facebook they released the following statement:

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.

Ray was a true visionary and be it 50’s sci-fi or 60’s fantasy his work was truly in a league of its own. My personal fave is his 1963 Jason and the Argonauts – and I’m willing to bet Sam Raimi‘s as well as his skeletal army in Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3 looks like an homage to the one in said movie – so how about checking out the trailer:

UPDATE: I just had to share this to showcase just how much Ray’s work influenced so many of us out there. Here’s blues punkers The Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionsBurn It Off, a video that’s nothing but a three-minute homage to Ray and his magnificent creations. Rest in peace.

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