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RIP Ray Harryhausen.

8 May

RIP Ray Harryhausen.

This article, despite being a cut and paste job, is an emotional and heart-felt tribute to the inspirational and groundbreaking special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

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I remember curling up on the sofa many times throughout my childhood to watch Ray’s skeletons come alive in the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts, and being filled with wonderment, fascination and joy. Although many of his effects will seem dated in today’s world, one that is filled with Transformers and 3D monsters, he opened the doors and led people down the path to a world that was filled with possibilities.

As Peter Lord – co-founder of Aardman Animations – said on Twitter, Harryhausen was “a one-man industry and a one-man genre”. He will be missed.

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