Visual effects artists, film maker and stop motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen died in London on Tuesday, May 7th at the age of 92.
Whilst the films that featured his work weren't the best in terms of dialogue and acting Rays ability to single-handedly bring to life a menagerie of monsters and mythical creatures inspired innumerable directors, VFX artists, animators and actors working today.
After the official announcement from The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation via Facebook and Twitter the Internet was alight with tributes and admiration for a true legend in the world of stop motion animation!
Ray Harryhausen. Farewell to an astonishing talent - He was a one-man industry and a one-man genre. Alsoa true gentleman.
— Peter Lord (@PeteLordAardman) May 7, 2013
Ray Harryhausen. All time great. Rest in peace.
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) May 7, 2013
I loved every single frame of Ray Harryhausen's work. He was the man who made me believe in monsters. Glad to have met him. A true legend.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 7, 2013
Anyone in the world of animation, SFX, or fantasy owes everything to Ray Harryhausen. A true legend. RIP Sir. #rayharryhausen
— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) May 7, 2013
Famous Monsters magazines with Ray Harryhausen creatures on the covers: defining images of my childhood. Thanks, Ray. RIP.
— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) May 7, 2013
Ray Harryhausen an inspiration and a legend, even before he left us. His influence cannot be measured and has shaped cinema as we know it.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) May 7, 2013