Ray Harryhausen died today at the age of 92, and I doubt I have to tell you what he meant to special effects and stop-motion animation. “Legend” is the unavoidable term here. After working with George Pal and Willis O’Brien, he developed stop-motion techniques with rear-projection (to save money, initially) that are still used today, and became synonymous with adventure films featuring stop-motion effects interacting with live action. Jason and the Argonauts, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, One Million Years B.C., and the original Clash of the Titans… He got an honorary Oscar in 1992, and name-checks in Monsters, Inc. and Corpse Bride.
Here are his creatures, compiled a few years ago by Mat Bergman:
Just this past August, FX master Phil Tippet stopped by the Nerdist Channel’s Aint it Cool with Harry Knowles to talk about stop motion and Harryhausen:
And an interview from 1974, including clips from his movies:
So, legend, indeed.