Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

 Special effects titan and master of stop-motion animation Ray Harryhausen died yesterday (May 7, 2013) in London at the age of 92. Harryhausen was an inspiration to numerous imaginative filmmakers including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Peter Jackson, and to generations of makeup and special effects artists. Harryhausen himself was mentored by stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien, of King Kong fame, working with O'Brien on Mighty Joe Young. It's a good place to start watching if you are at all interested in the golden age of stop-motion special effects, not to mention some great fantasy films. Here in the Vortex we are huge fans of his films. Some of our favorites are The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts. The internet is aglow with love and appreciation of this great artist's work. Below are a few articles covering Harryhausen's life, work, and legacy.


  1. I love him too, but I thought he was dead already!

  2. Well, he retired from film work after Clash of the Titans so he's been inactive on that front though he's had a few books come out in the meantime including a fantasy scrapbook a couple years ago. Its unfortunate to lose Bradbury and Harryhausen within a year of each other but they both lived into their 90s and left behind a wealth of great work.