Vale Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen, a pioneer in the use of stop-motion animation effects in movies, has passed away aged 93. Harryhausen inspired many (most?) of today's filmmakers in the fantasy and sci-fi genres with his work, including James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Steven Spielberg - a formidable legacy indeed.

For anyone that has tried their hand at stop-motion animation, even using modern tools, the fluidity and naturalness of his work invokes the greatest respect. The clip at the top of this post features all the creatures and effects he contributed over the years, from mythical warriors to UFOs crashing into the Capitol. Good fun!

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