Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Never to be forgotten:
Ray Harryhausen 1920-2013
Ray Harryhausen, the master of stop-motion animation, has died at his home in London today at the age of 92.
By today's special effects standards, stop motion does not look "real", but for me, that completely misses the point. It looked magical and fantastic and that's what it was supposed to be.
I grew up loving Harryhausen films. I especially remember seeing Jason and the Argonauts at the Grand Lake theatre in Oakland when it opened in the Summer of 1963. I had seen his movies on TV, but on the big screen it was nothing I had ever seen before. When Tom Hanks awarded Harryhausen a special Oscar in 1992, the actor said, “Some people say Casablanca or Citizen Kane. I say Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest film ever made.” I know Hanks saw it at the same theatre where I saw it. We might have even been at the same screening on a Saturday matinee. For a young boy like me or Hanks, it was an unforgettable experience.
This extra posting today is to honor the life and work of Ray Harryhausen. He will never be forgotten.