Special Effects Legend Ray Harryhausen Passes Away

FX artist was renowned for his stop-motion work in feature films

If you enjoy special effects in film, no matter the genre, take a moment out of today to tip your hat to the great Ray Harryhausen. The effects legend—who pioneered the practice and was known for his bold use of stop-motion in films ranging from It Came from Beneath the Sea to Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, and much more—has passed away at the age of 92.

 

Harryhausen's passing was announced by his family via Facebook, citing the long-standing influence the artist had over the history of Hollywood, with recent quotes and tributes from many famous filmmakers. He certainly had a spirited and storied run, and it's one that the film industry would be very different without.

 

Whether you feel like reminiscing, or need an introduction to some of what made Harryhausen special, here's a look at some of the colossal creatures he brought to life:

 

 

Long live Dynamation. 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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