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R.I.P. Famed Stop Motion Animator Ray Harryhausen (1920 – 2013)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 7, 2013 1:37 PM
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Ray Harryhausen, a hugely influential animator and visual effects trailblazer, has passed away at the age of 93, his family announced today. With his pioneering use of stop motion animation, Harryhausen contributed memorable creatures to "Mighty Joe Young," "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" and, perhaps, most famously, for "Jason and the Argonauts," where Harryhausen created a platoon of animated skeletons for the titular demigod to battle. Almost every modern filmmaker, whether or not they work in the fantasy or horror genres, seems either indebted or in awe of Harryhausen's fantastical works – among them, Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, John Landis, Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, Stephen Sommers and James Cameron.

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