Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)
The best way I can pay tribute to Ray is by saying that when I was a little kid, and I first watched the movies he worked on when they were being shown on TV, I thought they were REAL. I believed in all the things he created. The giant bee/giant honeycomb sequence in MYSTERIOUS ISLAND absolutely sacred the crap out of me back in the day. That was the creative power of Ray Harryhausen.
Hundreds and hundreds of movie directors, writers, performers, and special effects technicians have been influenced by Ray Harryhausen. (And about a hundred more have ripped off his stuff.)
Ray Harryhausen was one of the most important figures in the history of fantastic cinema. If movies are supposed to give you "a sense of wonder", no one was better at it than him.