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In Memoriam: Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

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I can’t begin to elaborate on the impact Ray Harryhausen had on my childhood. But I suppose I must start somewhere. To do this justice, here are a few on the glowing tributes pouring in from masters of the cinematic universe, of whom very little would be written about, were it not for Mr. Harryhausen’s imagination and influence.

“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.

“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

Amen.

(quotes courtesy of the Harryhausen family)

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2 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

  1. Pingback: Ray Harryhausen: 1920-2013 « HORROR BOOM

  2. Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    We realize we’ve re-posted plenty of pieces and news items about this legend today, but this is our sentimental favorite.

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