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RIP Ray Harryhausen – we pay tribute to the man who inspired Spielberg and Lucas

By shinychris on May 8th, 2013


Ray Harryhausen, the special effects wizard who brought life to dozens of the silver screen’s most memorable stop-motion monsters has died aged 92.

An industry legend, his work went on to inspire modern monster movie kings such as Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and Wallace and Gromit director Nick Park, all of whom paid Harryhausen and his pioneering work.

And though many of Harryhausen’s clay model techniques have since been superseded by CGI, there’s a charm and life in his creations completely missing from the sterile computer-generated imagery that dominates modern cinema.

In tribute, here’s a look at ten of Harryhausen’s best stop-motion monsters.

10) Hydra (Jason and the Argonauts – 1963)

9) Kali (Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1974)

8) Cyclops (7th Voyage of Sinbad – 1958)

7) Tyrannosaurus Rex (One Million Years BC – 1966)

6) Kraken (Clash of the Titans – 1981)

5) Talos (Jason and the Argonauts – 1963)

4) Mighty Joe Young (Mighty Joe Young – 1949)

3) Pegasus (Clash of the Titans – 1981)

2) Medusa (Clash of the Titans – 1981)

1) Skeletons (Jason and the Argonauts – 1963)

Here follows a list of just some of the tributes pouring in from movie industry greats on the passing of Ray Harryhausen:

“Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much. Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS”
George Lucas.

“THE LORD OF THE RINGS is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie’. Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made – not by me at least”
Peter Jackson

“In my mind he will always be the king of stop-motion animation”
Nick Park

“His legacy of course is in good hands
Because it’s carried in the DNA of so many film fans.”
Randy Cook

“You know I’m always saying to the guys that I work with now on computer graphics “do it like Ray Harryhausen”
Phil Tippett

“What we do now digitally with computers, Ray did digitally long before but without computers. Only with his digits.”
Terry Gilliam.

“His patience, his endurance have inspired so many of us.”
Peter Jackson

“Ray, your inspiration goes with us forever.”
Steven Spielberg

“I think all of us who are practioners in the arts of science fiction and fantasy movies now all feel that we’re standing on the shoulders of a giant. If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn’t be who we are.”
James Cameron

By Gerald Lynch, Tech Digest

Clothing, Top Five

5 Star Wars hoodies to help you scream “NooooOOooooOOoo!” at Disney deal

By Gerald Lynch on October 31st, 2012

Chewbacca is now owned by Disney. Boba Fett is now owned by Disney. Darth friggin Vader is now owned by Disney. We love The Lion King as much as the next person, but following Disney’s buyout of George Lucas’s Lucasfilm production company for $4.05 billion, is the Mouse House really the best place for  Star Wars to live?

We’re not sure. Disney have done good things so far with Marvel comics, who they now own too. But there are few franchises more well-loved (and fiercely defended by vocal fans) than Star Wars.

What we are sure about though is just how many great items of Star Wars clothing there are around! And with the winter months now upon us, and the Halloween spirit also in full swing, we thought we’d pick out five of our favourite Star Wars costume hoodies, available from

Scroll down to check em out!


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"This is the $50 hoodie you were looking for", Obi-Wan Kenobi be damned!

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