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Hump Day Have Your Say: RIP Ray Harryhausen

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Sad news yesterday about the passing of legendary special effects artist Ray Harryhausen at 92 years young.  He was the creator of a stop motion animation style that he called dynaminaiton.  In an age filled with CGI, 3D, bells and whistles which are accomplished via computers and keyboards his old school style is sorely missing.   Harryhausen was a pioneer in his field and many of his films continue to be highly popular.  The list of films he worked on include Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and perhaps his most well-known film 1981′s Clash of the Titans.

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I have many found memories of sitting around on a Saturday afternoon watching Harryhausen animated films with my brother.  Check out this amazing clip containing every creature Harryhausen animated in his career.

 

 

 

I would love to see Michael Bay try to pull off some of these shots without the use of CGI.  The world is a little bit less cool with the passing of Harryhausen, but his work will live on to entertain and inspire future generations.  I know my boy has already seen a few of his films and was especially excited about the fighting skeleton warriors.  So much so that we had to have a sword battle at the film’s conclusion.

 

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Here is a DVD you can pick up all about Ray Harryhausen and his contributions to film.  Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.   Another film you might want to check out is Sci-Fi Boys which I recently watched on Netflix.  The film focuses on the contributions of the pioneers in special effects and science fiction.

 

 

 

Have you seen any of these Harryhausen films?  If so which is your favorite?  Lastly can you think of any other films where the special effects really blew you away when you first saw them.  I am going to throw out Star Wars for my pick, as the special effects in that film left me stunned when I first watched it at the theater when I was 6.

 

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  • Tracy May 8, 2013, 11:01 am

    This news made me so crazy sad. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Clash of the Titans. I consider it a classic and can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve seen it. He was such a visionary with a true bonafide gift. As much as I like some of Michael Bay’s films, he’d be nothing without his ridiculous explosions, CGI or fake boobs.

    As for a film that left my jaw on the floor due to the effects, off the top of my head I had to say The Matrix. That film was cutting edge and ahead of it’s time.

    • Adam May 8, 2013, 11:03 am

      Tracy Matrix is a great call, I actually just watched that a few days ago and it still looks amazing. Wait those boobs are not real in those Michael Bay films? ;-)

      • Tracy May 8, 2013, 11:56 am

        I remember going to see the Matrix in the theater when it opened thinking it would probably suck. After that first scene with Trinity I settled in for the long haul. SUCH a great film.

        I’ll admit that I love Armageddon even if it is rubbish along with the first Transformers and a couple others. But speaking from a woman’s perspective….no chick walks like the gals in his movies. No one. That gait would throw out a hip if done too long. I’m just sayin’…..

  • Fogs' Movie Reviews May 8, 2013, 11:06 am

    I remember Harryhausen’s films pretty well, I used to watch them on TV all the time when I was a kid. I loved them too, they completely stood out amongst all the other offerings of the day.

    As for revolutionary special effects films? I’ll throw T2 into the mix. I recall being outright awestruck at many of the things they were doing. It was a genuine “leap forward” movie, IMO. ;)

    • Adam May 8, 2013, 11:17 am

      T2 is a good call with that liquid metal going on that was pretty crazy Fogs. I think I saw that was available for streaming on Netflix or Amazon the other day. If for some reason anyone has not watched that film yet.

      • Tracy May 8, 2013, 11:58 am

        D’OH, I can’t believe I didn’t even think of that one! T2 indeed. When I went to ILM I saw the transition pieces of the T-100. I have a pic if you want to see it. It was AWESOME!

  • Griff May 8, 2013, 12:10 pm

    Well I am old so I am going to jump in my way back machine…I remember the ending sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark very vividly from being a kid, Also the face peeling scene in Poltergeist, Just about everything in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, I know some might think it’s corny but E.T. amazed me at the time. I could go on and on but just one more, The first time I saw An American Werewolf in London I was blown away by the whole transition sequence. It was amazing for its time.

    • Adam May 8, 2013, 12:54 pm

      All good choices and a lot of those were Spielberg films before he became a sappy old coot.

  • Monkeyboy May 8, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Harryhausen was such a big part of my early life watching movies, so it’s sad that he’s died. A true legend. I like the pacing in his animations. The build up in to the skeleton fight is awesome. You feel like he’s trying to tell a story, and not just throwing stuff at the screen. I guess this is because he must have had to meticulously plan everything beforehand, given the time consuming nature of stop motion.

    • Adam May 8, 2013, 7:27 pm

      Monkey I just watched some of the bonus features on the Fantastic Mr. Fox disk. Crazy how much work goes into shooting those stop animation scenes.

  • Tim The Film Guy May 9, 2013, 3:40 am

    Sad time, great technically skilled man :(

    • Adam May 9, 2013, 8:46 am

      Tim I am sure you could pull of the same thing with star wars action figures and an iphone ;-)

      • Tim The Film Guy May 10, 2013, 10:41 am

        I don’t think I have anywhere near the same patience to do that :D

  • Jonathan May 9, 2013, 2:48 pm

    May he rest in Peace. I must have watched “Clash of the Titans” two hundred times when I was a child.

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 10:32 am

      Jonathan, I feel like giving that a re-watch right now.

  • Chris May 10, 2013, 11:19 am

    Really sad news, the guy really was a visionary. I’m actually quite surprised how low key his passing was though, it seems to have slipped under the radar a little.

    As for film effects that blew me away I’d also probably The Matrix and in particular the two sequels. Even though they were pretty rubbish, the effects were amazing.

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 10:34 am

      Agreed Chris, I saw a few things about his passing online but not what I would expect from such a cinematic luminary. I think it might have to do with the genre of films he was involved with being considered lesser in quality. Which I do not agree with at all.

  • The Focused Filmographer May 10, 2013, 7:38 pm

    Sad to hear of his passing. Very nice tribute here. Thank you.

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 10:35 am

      Thanks man, hard to come up with something to say about a genius sometimes.

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