Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ray Harryhausen (1920 – 2013)


10 comments:

Karswell said...

RIP :(

Tony said...

A true legend and one of my biggest childhood heroes has left us.
Very sad news indeed.

Liz D-M said...

Need a "sad" rating here. Sad day indeed. RIP Mr. Harryhausen.

Mestiere said...

He was one of my childhood heroes too. To me he exemplifies the importance of practice and patience to become good at something. From the time he got interested in stop-motion in his teens to the time he was doing really high quality animation in Mighty Joe Young it took close to fifteen years and thousands of hours of practice. His earliest efforts show little "natural talent" (in which I don't believe), it's all about practice and patience. He had to learn drawing, painting, sculpting (and therefore anatomy) and of course photography and he needed time to get good at all of them.

He received extraordinary encouragement and help from his parents. Ray was an only child. His father —an inventor and machinist— would do the machining of the armatures of Ray's miniatures until his death in 1973. Ray's mother would do costumes for some miniatures. His parents never tried to discourage him and get him to be a doctor or a lawyer.

Ray married late, at 43. Fortunately he had time for everything he wanted to do. The year he was born (1920) life expectancy for an American male was 55.5. He made it almost to 93.

Karswell said...

My own mind blown introduction to Harryhausen's genius was also with Mighty Joe Young at a very young age, which to this day I'll still never forget... and then shortly after with the monsteriffic Sinbad and Argonaut films. A few years ago I had the opportunity to blow my own kid's mind with the skeleton army scene from Jason-- another day I'll never forget.

RIP Ray Harryhausen, I'll forever cherish meeting you at SDCC 10 years ago and discovering how kind you were to all of us that stood in line for hours to shake your masterful hand.

Trevor M said...

Well there was a guy who only inspired a couple million people to try and be filmmakers at the earliest age possible...

JMR777 said...

A wizard of stop motion, a true wizard that would have made Merlin honor him as a master. It is sad news, but he had a long life and I can only hope it was filled with joy and happiness. Goodbye Mr. Harryhausen, your gifted work at times gave computer generated images and graphics a run for their money.

Brian Barnes said...

Word is we also lost Dan Adkins this week. Another bad week for sci-fi and comics.

Karswell said...

Indeed we did, Mike Howlett, author of the Weird World of Eerie Publications book announced it on Facebook yesterday

Mykal said...

Karswell: I will always consider the immense Talos stalking the Argonauts along the beachhead, dwarfing the men and the landscape - and the rest of the mortal world - as a pivotal moment for me. Ah, what power! What magnificence movies could hold!