Ray Harryhausen died today, and if you don’t know his name, you surely (if you are a fan of old-school fantasy/sci-fi) know his stop-motion animation work from films like The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and the original Clash of the Titans. Odds are good that at some point, you’ve seen this famous scene from Jason and the Argonauts:
As for me, I first encountered Harryhausen’s work as a young boy in Phoenix, AZ, watching movies like Mighty Joe Young and Valley of the Gwangi on Channel 5 (IIRC) on Saturday mornings. Movie-goers today might not think much of Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation, and, to be fair, it is nothing like the CGI we enjoy now. But it was cutting edge for its time, and it was Harryhausen who made possible movies like these, that fueled my lifelong love of fantasy and sci-fi.
Cowboys + dinosaurs. What’s not to like?