A cinematic titan has passed. Admittedly, I haven't really gotten into the old school fantasy movies that he has worked on, but there is no denying the impact he's had on the movie business.
Ray Harryhausen brought to life the impossible that was able to reach the imagination of a generation that has made movies that, in turn, inspired my generation. Today, people hardly marvel at the wonder of special effects because ever since its impact on movies like 'Jurassic Park' or 'Independence Day,' they've been used recklessly and seemingly in every summer blockbuster. There is no more wonder because, no matter how good it looks, we know it was done by computer. Not to take anything away from the computer animators for it takes time and energy to contribute to seamless effects, but for Ray Harryhausen, everything was done by hand and by sheer will.
I have only limited experience in stop motion animation. I have one short where two hours of work when into ten seconds of footage. Even Peter Jackson's company tried stop motion work for King Kong's special edition release which they found to be a trying process.
There is no doubt that even those of us that haven't actually seen the movies he's worked on have seen clips of his work. And though it seems dated compared to today's special effects, there is a certain grit to it. The shifty movements his creatures move with give it an extra fantasy feel to it. Again, I say, he brought to life the impossible. He must always be remembered for unlocking a generation's imagination.
Mr. Harryhausen, I salute you.
E.J. is just a simple man who loves movies. Don't judge.