Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Ray Harryhausen has passed

Ray Harryhausen was an inventor, a puppeteer, an actor, an animator, a sculptor, an engineer, a choreographer and a magician. When I was young, I loved his Technicolor films with a palette that seemed to leap from the screen but the real magic was how Harryhausen made his creations pop as much as the colours through their designs and movement. They were at once realistic while simultaneously being otherworldly; kind of an impressionistic interpretation of movement that fired my imagination and to this day makes much of the CG animation we know today feel flat and empty. Of all the things Harryhausen was, he was an artist of the highest order.

Ray Harryhausen Obituary (Guardian)
Reactions to Ray Harryhausen's passing (EW)
Ray Harryhausen Obituary (Hollywood Reporter)
Ray Harryhausen Obituary (BBC)
Ray Harryhausen (Official Site)
Ray Harryhausen (Wiki)

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