RIP Ray Harryhausen

Ray_harryhausen-002My childhood would’ve sucked without Ray Harryhausen in it.

Before Star Wars hit the big screen in 1977, we kids “made do” on Saturday afternoons with fantasy and sci-fi special effects classics like Jason and the Argonauts, with its stop-action sword-swinging skeleton warriors, and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, which featured that iconic, horned Cyclops.

Those great moments were creations of FX pioneer Harryhausen, who died this week at age 92.

Life seems a little smaller right now.

Without Ray, there might never have been a George Lucas.

Without Ray, 13 hours of Hobbit movies (with at least six more hours on the way) would have been unthinkable to Peter Jackson.

The guy made one hell of an impact on a lotta people.

Bringing his distinctive vision and enthusiasm to appreciative audiences was Ray Harryhausen’s business.

Makes me wonder what kind of impact you and I can make with our passions, our unique insights, and our willingness to share with others.

Ray Harryhausen changed lives.

We should aspire to do no less.

“Some people say Casablanca or Citizen Kane … I say Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest film ever made.” — Tom Hanks

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