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Old May 7 2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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RIP - Ray Harryhausen

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Today would be a good day for a Sinbad marathon, Jason and the Argonauts, even Monsters Inc. One of the greatest days in my life was when I got to spend a few minutes chatting with Mr. Harryhausen in the green room at a local convention.

Here's to all you did to help us escape the mundane!

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Old May 7 2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Rest in peace, Ray Harryhausen. Thanks for all your pioneering work in SF&F.
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Old May 7 2013, 07:13 PM   #3
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Really sad news. He had a long (and assumingly happy) life, but he's still gonna be missed deeply.
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Old May 7 2013, 07:25 PM   #4
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Very sad news!!! Thanks Ray for all your great work and inspiration. Many of us here wouldn't love what we love without you!!
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Old May 7 2013, 07:33 PM   #5
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Old May 7 2013, 07:33 PM   #6
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He was a giant in the industry, a true pioneer. RIP.
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Old May 7 2013, 07:43 PM   #7
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RIP Mr. Harryhausen, Thanks for all your great SF/F contributions
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Old May 7 2013, 07:44 PM   #8
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Damn. I feared it might be soon when Ray Bradbury died, they were friends since their teens.

I saw Jason and the Argonauts when it opened in theaters in 1963 (at 12), and it was just astonishing. The scene where Talos turns to look at Hercules and Hylas was truly scarey.

During the 70s, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was reissued and we went to see it. A father was there with his young son, maybe 8, and they were settling in before the show. The dad said there was still time to get popcorn if he wanted, and the kid said "All right. But if I miss any of it, I'll scream and scream."
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Old May 7 2013, 07:59 PM   #9
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Harryhausen was one of my inspirations.
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Old May 7 2013, 07:59 PM   #10
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He was just shy of 93 years old; so at least he had a good, long life (doubt I'll get close to 90). It is a big loss to the film industry as he did inspire and had a lot of knowledge; but you certainly can't say he didn't have a great run.
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Old May 7 2013, 08:25 PM   #11
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Can't say I'm terribly surprised by this news. Still distressing though.
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Old May 7 2013, 08:35 PM   #12
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Sad news. I loved all his old films as a kid and I'll still watch a bit of them if channel surfing of an afternoon. RIP and thanks for the entertainment.
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Old May 7 2013, 08:57 PM   #13
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This is a surprise. I thought he'd passed on at least twenty years ago.
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Old May 7 2013, 09:03 PM   #14
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^ Same here, or at least "some time ago".

A cinematic genius way ahead of his time, not to mention way ahead of any other decent SFX concepts.

Don't forget to add the original Clash Of The Titans to your watch list and, at least as the tribute it's FX were to Ray, Army Of Darkness.

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Old May 7 2013, 09:11 PM   #15
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R. I. P.

It would be cool to see a stop-motion short of his creatures wailing and gnashing their teeth around his grave. I was going to suggest they should be carrying his coffin, but that would be a little too macabre.
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