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August 04, 2013
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 !
August 03, 2013
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.
June 29, 2013
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.
May 20, 2013
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~
May 19, 2013
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 17, 2013
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
May 15, 2013
i love your movies.
May 15, 2013
your movies are unforgettable.
May 15, 2013
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.
May 14, 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.

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