Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Farewell to Ray Harryhausen!

It had to happen eventually: Ray Harryhausen has passed on at 92. As with anyone who makes it in decent shape into their 90's, their passing should be less a cause for mourning than a celebration that they made it so far, but still: there likely will never be a celebrity of special effects of Harryhausen's stature in cinema ever again, since the technology has changed so much (and now seems mostly team-driven and computer-generated). A good night to re-watch Jason and the Argonauts, or any of the various voyages of Sinbad, or The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (pictured).... Harryhausen did more than any single SFX artist to fuel my childhood imagination; my profound respect to him and condolences to those who knew and/or loved him...

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