I first saw Ray's amazing work when i was 2, watching "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" on a theater screen in San Diego, California in 1958 with my mother....i was terrified by those monsters, by his cyclop and dragon as they fought on Colossa Island....and ive never forgotten those spectacular sights from my earliest memories....
Many years later, at age 35 i had the pleasure of finally meeting him in 1991 at the golden Apple comic book store in West Los Angeles, where he was autographing items for fans and promoting the first VHS video documentary on him, "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters and Me". I was so glad he was now admired by so many new young fans !....
But despite all the negative falsehoods continually perpetuated by many stop-motion and RH fans about modern CGI effects, Ray never dismissed it, and always acknowledged and respected it's evolving capabilities....
And not only is CGI the direct descendant of Ray's work, it is also the logical and rightful successor to stop-motion in dramatic live-action films, making possible the amazing characters and creatures in "Jurassic Park", "Avatar" and other modern movies....astonishingly life-like moving images absolutely not possible with even the best stop-motion....
Ray was not the cinema "wizard" or "magician" or FX "god" or other silly titles some have given him, but simply an ordinary man with an extraordinary and unique cinematic vision and talent, and Ray's fantastic and unique monsters and dinosaurs from that Mysterious Land Beyond are now timeless, and will always still amaze and entertain us, forever....and for that, we will always thank you, and remember you, Ray !
Ray was a dear friend for more than 40 years. He and I, along with his close friend Ray Bradbury, shared many wonderful times together. I will miss him forever.
Thanks for giving life to the many wonderful creatures that made us happy. I wish your family the best in life. May they find comfort in the promises of Jesus Christ.
so sorry for the loss of your loved one.God has said"I-I myself am the One that is comforting you people."..isah.51:12..~M~
To the family and friends of Mr. Harryhausen you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I remember a lot of those movies with the animation that Mr. Ray did as a child. May Mr. Harryhausen sleep in peace.
May the god of comfort be a source of strength for your family at this difficult time. 2Corn 1:3, 4. Deepest Sympathy, Sue, Concord, NC
your movies are unforgettable.
Each of us has our own favourite Ray Harryhausen movie. Often it is the first of his films that we saw. In my case it was "THE THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER" first seen by me (at age 13) during the school holidays I was captivated by it and saw it 3 times in the week that it played at my local cinema. In 1961 "MYSTERIOUS ISLAND" followed,and I saw that 7 times that summer and spending all my paper round delivery savings. The manager of the theatre gave me a set of colour front of stills and poster and a press book for the film. I was hooked on Harryhausen. Both of these movies are terrific as they present such diverse special visual effects created by Ray and with those marvelous film scores by Bernard Herrmann.
Years later I worked in film publicity and promotion and promoted the later films by RH and Charles H. Schneer whom I met and worked with at Columbia Pictures(UK). As film makers and producers, they were always interested to know what were the creative elements of their films that captivated their audiences. Ray would often pop into a theatre where one of his films was being screened just to see how it played to the audience and eves dropping to hear what they thought and liked about the film(s).
Ray loved films and besides the 1933 "KING KONG", the 1935 film "SHE" and the 1940 film "THE THEIF OF BAGDAD" ranked among his favourites. I recall watching these films at special screenings with Ray and discussing the films with him at length. Such happy times.
Ray also loved film music & scores and followed many composers works and careers. Ray was thrilled to have scores from Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, Jerome Moross play such an integral part of collaboration within his films.
In the UK, Rays films were released theatrically in 35mm for screening on huge theatre screens. The prints were made at the Technicolor labs in the UK and these prints were superb as they brought to life Ray artistic contribution to the films with vibrant colours and grading and crystal clear clarity. This how I saw "GULLIVER" and "ISLAND" in the early 1960's. These prints lasted for years in theatrical release.
We have lost two of filmdoms greats with passing of Ray and Charles, but their legacy remains for successive generations to discover, rediscover and to be cherished by audiences around the world.
With grateful thanks to them both for their contribution to our lasting entertainment. I salute you both.
As afterthought: Long may the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation flourish in its all of its objectives in the future.
From Richard Green in England on 16th May 2013.
We all have our own favourite Ray Harryhausen movies. My first was THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER when it opened in England in 1960 - I was 13 years old and I loved it and saw it three times that week it played. At age 14, in 1961, came MYSTERIOUS ISLAND and I managed to see it seven times in one week spending all my pocket money savings to do so. I was hooked on Ray's stunning visual effects and Bernard Herrmann's monumental and powerful music score.
In the U.K. the 35mm theatrical prints of Ray's films were all produced at the Technicolor labs doing full justice to Ray's endeavours, and how the visuals leaped off the giant cinema screens on which we saw them. Each successive Ray Harryhausen/Charles H. Schneer production was eagerly anticipated as they always delivered great and magical entertainment.
Years later I was to meet both of these film makers and worked closely with them to promote their movies. It was a privilege and an experience I shall never forget, just as their films will never be forgotten as they live on to captivate successive generations of audiences around the world.
Farewell Ray, as you are reunited with your film associate Charles.
From Richard Green in England, May 15th 2013, with fond memories.
I was fortunate to have been able to work closely with Ray Harryhuasen and Charles H. Schneer in the publicity and promotion for the U.K. releases of "The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad"(1972)and for mid 1970's re-issue of "The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad" as well as for their joint stage appearance with Tony Dalton at a British Film Institute regional film theatre at Southampton in England. Both RH and CHS worked tirelessly to ensure that their films found their widest audience in theatres, on video and later on laser disc and dvd. Ray would often seek out theatres where his film(s) were screened and slip in as part of the audience to see how the patrons reacted to his movies. He later allowed me to visit him at his small west London effects studio to watch him animate the baboon chess game sequence (with Jane Seymore) for "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger". What a master of his art Ray was, for although he was under great pressure he still managed to retain his great sense of humour as he worked his fantastic Dynamation/Dynarama magic for us all to enjoy. I shall always treasure my association with them both all those years ago and for the encouragement and kindness they showed to me. Despite the passing of Ray and Charles, they live on through the legacy of their films. My heartfelt condolences to Ray's wife Diana and to his daughter Vanessa at his recent passing and to the other family members and close friends who share in his loss.
I was hooked on Ray's films after seeing "The Beast from 20.000 Fathoms"as a child. I agree with him that stop motion is more enjoyable than CGI. He will be missed. Bob
May the GOD who comforts all comfort you in your time of pain and grief. (2Corinth 1:3) May your fond memories of him bring you comfort and peace.
What a tragic and sad day, he was a real pioneer and an absolute genius. His like will never be seen again. God bless and deepest sympathies.
May the love of God, friends and family carry you through your grief.
Another giant fallen. They don't make 'em like Ray Harryhausen anymore. Condolences to his wife and family.
A special thank you for 'The Beast...' and all the other great films. What a career - you'll never be replaced.
Dear family I am truly sorry for your loss. May the god of comfort be with you.
RIP to the Master of Special Effects :(
Many thanks for the motion picture magic. I will never forget the dueling skeleton, the serpent lady, Kali (how I wish I'd be Kali whenever I got multi-tasked) and that one-eyed cyclops. Mr. Harryhausen was unique and will not be replaced. It's a huge loss to the cinema industry even if he is now enjoying his voyage in the sky.
My condolences to his family.
Wasn't there a sort of tribute to Mr. RH in the animated movie Monsters Inc? Mike, the green one-eyed cyclops voiced by Billy Crystal, tells his girlfriend, the receptionist with Medusa-like snakes for hair, that he is taking her to Harry Hausen's for dinner and she gets really excited? Get it? Cyclops? - Medusa? - from Mr. RH's The Clash of the Titans and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad? If he saw Monsters, I bet Mr. RH caught the connection! Farewell to a first class effects guy.
My sympathy to the family and close friends,
He simply was one of the best at what he did for the cinema. May he rest in peace.
I have been a fan for many years. Mr. Harryhausen, you were an incredibly talented man. Thank you for all the fun memories from your art and movies.
I grew up with your wonderful work, no one can take your place, My prayers go out to the family. As the others say, I grew up on Sat matinees with Ray's work. My son is hooked on his work as well as my good friend back in Scranton, PA. We have all the movies and devoted a all nighter watching the good flicks. Rest In Peace my friend
Sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Harryhausen. He was a great artist.
I was watching the Sinbad movies this afternoon on the Sony Movie Channel, and was saddened deeply to see that Ray had passed away yesterday.
I grew up in the 60's, seeing all his movies at the theater and was glued to the screen by his magical special effects and creations.
No one today makes movies like Ray Harryhausen.
I will never forget the image of the Cyclops and the other creatures he designed.
My father just turned 91 years old, and so I was even more saddened thinking of my father and his time remaining on this planet.
My father grew up in the theaters with King Kong and also had tears when I told him about Ray's passing.
My condolences to Diana and the Harryhausen family. Ray will be missed but not forgotten.
I hope the family of Mr. Harryhausen can remember the good times & laugh& cry tears of joy. Soon we will all cry tears of joy when sickness & death is swallowed up forever.
What a legacy he leaves. Is there a film maker today who uses special effects that was not awed by his magical techniques. So simple, but so effective. Glad his wonderful effects and movies live on.
As a child, the Bronze Titan in Jason and the Argonauts, and the Cyclops in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad terrified me...but oh how I loved watching them! When my son was a child, we saw both movies together. Between Mr. Harryhausen and George Lucas, my son was so inspired, and he is now a successful special effects artist, living in Los Angeles. And, to this day, when we are together we still love watching these movies. I think my son's favorite Harryhausen movie is the original Clash of the Titans. Thank you so very much, Mr. Harryhausen!! God Bless!
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
May you find comfort from Gods word
As a young boy Ray's films brought me hours of joy and they still do. I watched several of my favorites recently on SonyTV.
Ray, thanks for the memories and God bless!
Taking up the chalice of his pioneer mentor, Obie, Ray Harryhausen forged a career path that awed and inspired his millions of fans. In his inimitable style, he brought fantasy, prehistory and mythology to life before our dazzled eyes. THANK YOU, Ray! Truly, you made the world a better place by your presence and genius. You enriched our lives and imaginations. Through your work, you will live forever! Well done, indeed.
"Jason and the Argonauts" has been a favorite of mine since it first appeared on the screen. Mr. Harryhausen was a technician, artist, and magician with his stop-motion creations, and his legacy will continue to entertain and thrill viewers for years to come.
to mr. harryhausen and his family. thank you for all those child hood memories of going to the saturday matinees and watching in awe the flying saucers and all those crazy monsters. to this day i still watch them, and it brings back such fond memories. thank you and god bless...dave diorio
Sorry for your loss. This will be a difficult time, but you all have have your memories& the peace of God. (Romans15:33)
Dear Mr. Harryhausen--"The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" was the first film I saw in a theater, and your blue serpent woman sent me into terrified hysterics at the time. Such a testament of your genius! Thank you for never losing your sense of wonder. Your determination to stay and think young benefitted us all. Condolences to your family, friends, colleagues, and legions of fans.
May you find comfort in the Hearer of prayer during this time. Psalm 65:2
My deepest sympathy to the Harryhausen Family. I loved all of his films. Thank-you Ray Harryhausen you will be missed.
Dear Family, I loved his work and as I became more aware I came to appreciate him as well. God Bless You All.
Prayers for the Harryhausen family. I love his movies. I own several. He is a genius and he will be missed.
Farewell, Ray.....thanks for your friendship and so many wonderful visions you gave us.
Ray Harryhausen was a movie legend who deserved every accolade that he ever got. He inspired several generations of creative people to pursue and achieve their dreams. In an age where the individual has become lost amid a swirl of computer software, Mr. Harryhausen's example stands as an icon to individual creative achievement. It goes without stating that he will be missed.
My condolences to the family of Ray Harryhausen. He was a wonderful talent. As you remember the joyous times that you shared with him, may you reflect upon the loving sacrifice Christ Jesus made so that our loved ones can have the opportunity to enjoy endless life free from pain and sorrow. (John 3:16)
What an inspiration that sparked more imaginations than he ever knew. Ray, you will be missed.
Condolences to Ray's family. May you have solace in prayer. Psalms 65:2
What can you say? This man was a motion picture genius. I will never forget the fighting skeletons in the 7th Voyage of Sinbad. I hope that the motion picture academy can save ALL his films for future generations.
A passing of a creative genius! Your movies Mr Harryhausen, will live forever and be an inspiration to generations to come. Thank you.
Many , many hours of my childhood was in a movie theater or in front of a t.v. being mesmerized by so many of your wonderful creatures. I was in awe!
In the early 1970's i was privileged to hear Ray Bradbury speak, and he told of your long friendship, and admiration of you. You both showed us that one can grow old, without growing up! To always enjoy life with child-like enthusiasm... I hope somewhere you two have found each other again.
May God Bless you and your family, and thank you again.
Words cannot adequately describe my sorrow--a great hero has passed and I know he will be missed. Rest in peace, Ray.
Being in my mid 50s, I remember Creature Feature, Chiller Theater, The Million Dollar Movie and the 4:30 Movie. Many of us fans have watched at least one of his many Film Fantasy Productions. We have truly lost a pioneer in the Motion Picture Industry ....Thank you and RIP Ray
I think I just shed my childhood for the last time. The first movie I saw in a theater was '7th Voyage of Sinbad." and I was hooked. RIP Mr. Harryhausen You have no equal.
May the magic and wonder you created continue to inspire for generations to come the hearts and souls of those who choose to live each day to "experienced the fantastic."
You will be greatly missed and forever loved,
Barry A. Schneer
Ray's works had a massive influence on me as a child. I watch his films to this day. RIP to the master.
May the family, friends, and fans of Ray Harryhausen have comfort knowing that God is near those broken at heart; And those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Thanks for the great special effects! I'm going to watch Mysterious Island tonight in your honor.