Ray Harryhausen Tribute

James / August 22nd, 2012

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  • August 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    awesome! I’ve been waiting a long time for you to acknowledge good ol’ Ray since I saw you had his dvd’s in your collection. I’m an animator myself and pretty much owe it all to watching Ray’s movies as a kid.

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  • August 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    That was awesome! Nice video, James! Harryhausen’s work is truly astonishing.

  • August 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    nice video

  • August 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    p.s. loved when you guys ran over the pig :D

  • August 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I wish Springboard videos played on the PS3 browser, or there were Cinemassacre apps for consoles.

  • jasper

    August 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    no one’s made a career and an impact on stop motion film making like he did? What about Phil TIppett? And you can’t say that they don’t make these kind of movies anymore just look at everything Tim Burton has put out. I love Ray as much as the next movie nerd but it’s defiantly not a dead art…yet.

    • Cyberxion

      May 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      He didn’t say that they don’t make movies like this anymore, just that they don’t make them on the scale that they did back when Ray was working on them. As for newer stop-motion stuff, I believe that it was Corraline that pioneered the use of computer modeling and 3D printing, which just about every stop-motion flick since has used. The sort of meticulous hands-on design that Ray was known for has long since become a relic of the psst. Which is, y’know, what James was saying.

      It really helps to pay attention.

  • Sao

    August 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hey James, check out ParaNorman!

    • Cyberxion

      May 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Nearly all the elements in ParaNorman were developed on a computer and printed using a 3D printer. Very little of it was made by hand.

  • klsadfj sklfj

    August 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    clash of the titans was a large part of my childhood, cgi is making things different’ to the children, its like an untouchable dream.

  • Lozzo

    August 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Dang it James! Now I need to go watch the Sinbad movies and the GOOD Clash of the Titans.

  • Doresh

    August 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Man, I used to watch almost all of his mythological flicks when I was young (with the exception of “Clash of the Titans”, which I never got to see on television and only recently got to see on DVD), and boy did it leave an impact on me. “Jason and the Argonauts” basically resulted in me always playing the undead in fantasy games – because skeleton warriors are f*cking AWESOME XD

    And man, do I miss those old monster designs. Having those old monsters be actual miniatures (able to support their own weight) really helped in making them seem more believable.
    A lot of the modern monster designs are just generic (like far too many alien monsters trying to copy Giger’s style) or plain weird. Take the modern Kraken for example: I still don’t know how its tentacles are connected to the rest of the (not really aquatic looking) body, or why its head pops up like a transformers toy Oo

  • VMIFerrari

    August 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Awsome video, James! Now you need to do a Stan Winston tribute and/or a tribute to Drew Struzan’s movie posters.

  • diegowar

    August 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Great video, I did not know of that important man !

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    August 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    @VMIFerrari Doug already did a Drew Struzen tribute.. Damn Critic! lol

    This is such an awesome vid!

  • August 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Great little tribute, James. Ray Harryhausen was an amazing artist. I can watch his movies all day get lost in the worlds he helped to create. I’m probably one of a handful of people in this world who don’t like CGI because it is far too fluid and slick, it just doesn’t have enough depth and humanity to it like the old stop motion animation has to it, or even animatronics. Sadly, we’re of the last generation to grow up in an era before CGI took over. I’m only twenty-nine, and yet I feel like I am closer to fifty-nine because of how drastically things changed over the last fifteen years. Watching this made me miss my childhood, and that’s a good thing because I wax nostalgic about it all the time with my friends. : )

  • spideyman2099

    August 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    It’s funny both James and Ray are inspirations to me, I do stop-motion and agree it’s a hard thing to do, I do a fan TMNT stop-motion series and mine are about 2-5 minutes. i take the lazy route and have my characters slide around like Gumby. It’s amazing to watch movies like Nightmare Before Christmas and King Kong, knowing how much time that would take to animate.

  • jobbieteeth

    August 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Can anyone tell me what the musical score is in this video.
    It’s very endearing.

  • Mr. Turtleman

    August 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Nice heartfelt tribute, James. Also, I laughed my ass of when that beer-swilling redneck ran over that pig with the tractor. XD

  • Entrenaturaleza

    August 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Inspiring document, thanks =)

  • asdfghjkl

    August 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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  • thegreat81

    August 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Jason and the Argonauts! I remember watching many of these films when I was younger but I never realized it was this same guy over and over again. He’s like a Jim Henson of the stop animation monster world.

    James/Mike- any chance you guys will do a tribute to Nintendo Power? I know you did a video a while back , but considering the magazine is ceasing its publication it may be fitting to re-visit the subject.

  • bopeuph

    August 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I’m actually coming out of a years-long lurking marathon to post to this.

    This was a great video. I love the Harryhausen movies!

    I am wondering though, where did the music come from? Is it from a film score, or was it written for this video?

  • klsadfj sklfj

    August 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    the web belongs to all of us. you cant claim an idea. and to imagine you can is asking death to take hold. but i do hope he gives credit where credit is do, especially if it is a lucrative business, otherwise he will be in trouble when its retirement time and the lawyers and crooks get jealous. i mean, isnt that what we learned in our basic english classes, and thats all that really stands the test of time in my mind. but im just another redneck from jersey.

  • klsadfj sklfj

    August 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    lot of the stuff james deals with is public domain, so its prolly no big deal, but it would be nice to get some credits at the end, just so we know who takes part, and what part they play. for our education.

  • Old Hay

    August 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Much of the material included in these tributes is not unknown to me – like James said, Spielberg and Jackson have already paid Harryhausen his due – but I shudder to think how many people would simply carry on, oblvious to where the people who make modern entertainment took inspiration from, if there weren’t people to take the time to explain it. Dying artform? Perhaps. Forgotten and unrecognized? Not while these tributes are being shown. Thanks again!

  • aflmalt

    August 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    It’s a shame there isn’t really anymore stop motion in films. It seems CGI effects have taken over and even though CGI’s supposed to look more real, stop motion has always (to me at least) had a different feel to it and it’s way more enjoyable to see. Anyway great tribute and keep up the good work James.

  • Stoopkid

    August 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    You should do a short video about Nintendo Power after the recent news.

  • mst311

    August 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    a stop motion animation film JUST came out… paranorman… and what about fantastic mr fox? they still exist.

  • August 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    @ mst311 he said that no one makes a career out of it and that is true. The medium still exists it just does not stand out like it used too. I wish someone would make a film in that old style. A fantasy film at that.

  • Yalokinh

    August 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    doesn’t even come close, but this guys is pretty fantastic at it
    http://www.eatpes.com

  • Dan021

    August 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Mst311, that’s not what James meant.

    It’s a dying genre, it’s rare and it will never be the same.

    Good work again James, I feel sometime like you and I are alike in the way that you have so much knowledge on very specific things that you can’t share with everyone because honestly, just walk outside and ask someone about movies done in the 50s or if they remember that old glitch in Super Mario 3 that would make the fireballs green instead of red when you were standing in a Mushroom House with Toad and they will look at you like you are coming from another world.

    Even on my Youtube channel it’s the same, most people just want more Minecraft videos and they don’t care about classical games and the story behind Super Metroid or Castlevania 1.

    I truly feel like in a few years, most people won’t even remember most of these cool things from the past, at least not a lot of them and it’s really sad cause in the end, we enjoy them still and would really love to talk and show them to younger people.

    Was my birthday yesterday, im 30 years old now and I still want to talk about what made Mario Paint special and how cool Ryu Hayabusa was in Ninja Gaiden back on the NES.

    Your videos really make a difference here, they connect all of us with those topics we would love to talk all day…

    Thanks James and Mike

  • Devil_Rising

    August 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    James, if you do Monster Madness this year, it would be awesome for you to have a “Monster Movie” theme, hitting some of the classics you haven’t covered yet, like some of the Gamera movies, the Harryhausen films, Gorgo, maybe the 70s King Kong remake, etc.

    That’d be awesome.

  • marc_lawson

    August 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    What about stop motion animator and four time academy award winner Nick Park of Wallace and Gromit fame? He created four television series and ten feature films. He isn’t quite Harryhausen, but his stop motion animation is current and ubiquitous.

  • Devil_Rising

    August 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    P.S. I’d love to see a serious fantasy film or something along those lines, actually use stop-motion again, instead of CGI. After all, why not? If animators can still from time to time make entire “Cartoon” movies using the technique, such as The Nighrmare Before Christmas, James & The Giant Peach, Coraline, and the one that just came out, ParaNorman, then why couldn’t they use those advanced stop-motion techniques for doing monsters and things in a live action movie? Hell, even Wes Anderson got in on the act with Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was a really good movie.

    I just think, if done well, it would still make for a successful movie. CGI is fine, when used right, and in the right doses. But stop-motion always felt more “organic”.

  • NomisQc

    August 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    If you’re a fan of stop motion, take a look at this fellow French-Canadian animator:

    Patrick Boivin: http://www.youtube.com/user/PatrickBoivin

    Awesome stuff !

  • SpeedyEric

    August 23, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I haven’t seen any of the Ray Harryhausen films yet. But I’ve been introduced to stop-motion animation by the Rakin/Bass Christmas specials.

  • August 23, 2012 at 1:19 am

    It probably won’t be the last time stop-motion is on the big screen on an epic scale. What goes around in the movies comes back around, as we’ve seen with the countless remakes we’ve had to endure over the past 10 years alone. Harryhausen has inspired a lot of people, so maybe the next person who does it will expand on Harryhausen’s work and make it his own instead of a carbon copy .

  • thepilot

    August 23, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Hopefully stop motion is still used in a lot of big movies, even if you don’t really notice it.
    The prequel/remake of the thing had a lot of stop motion action, and very few CG overall.

  • Doresh

    August 23, 2012 at 2:50 am

    @Jeremy:

    I doubt that. Stop-motion is a dying art. Why search for a stop-motion expert when you can find a CGI expert almost everywhere?
    Then again, stop-motion COMBINED with CGI could certainly do amazing things…

    On an unrelated note, I just remembered something about the new Clash: The Kraken’s head looks just like the Cloverfield monster, Abomination AND a Rancor. Are they even trying anymore Oo ?

    But you wanna know what’s more sad than the loss of stop-motion? The loss of good Greek mythology flicks in general. The last decent one I’ve seen was the made-for-TV miniseries “The Odyssey” from 1997.
    Modern mythology flicks (like the modern Clash) are just bland action movies with set pieces straight out of a video game (which is weird considering that video games try desparately to be more like movies) that don’t really understand the mythology they’re adapting (like the modern Clash that’s actually about Christianity, with Zeus as God and Hades as Satan – which again is weird because the mythological Hades was far less of an asshole than Zeu, Athena and the other “good” gods) and tell stories that just don’t work with Greek mythology (again, the modern Clash: The Greek gods eradicated 4 other species of men before us, so I don’t think they would act any different when the current species decides to stop believing in them).
    Tl;dr: Modern greek fantasy flicks suck.

  • elioncho

    August 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

    What’s the song at the beginning?

  • August 23, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I’ve always felt fascinated by Greek and Roman mythology, so Jason and the Argonauts was one of those films that I always HAD to watch every time it was on TV.

    Great video, James. Thanks for the memories once again!

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    August 23, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Last stop motion smooth use in a movie for me was the Carpenter’s Thing. It was by Rob Bottin and Stan Winston, the last two guys who did real special effects on movies.

  • Isaac75

    August 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

    I guess we miss the physical world of the 80′s , where…

    special effects where mechanical…

    machines had big buttons, knobs, switches and levers (“Don’t push the red Button!!!”) , and they made strange and funny “clickity clackity” mechanical sounds…

    Entertainment was tangible like vinyl records and video cassettes, not just a file list on my PC…

    and most of all, people sat down together every night, as a family, as neighbors or friends, instead of sitting in front of a computer alone.

    Isaac,
    Israel.

  • Rutabaga_swe

    August 23, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Just had to make a comment about this.

    I just don’t think that stop motion has died out because CG is easier (takes at least as much time to make good CGI), but it’s because of the obvious advantages CG has over stop motion. There’s no way you could make a fluid 60-fps animation using stop motion for one.

    I think stop motion is dead because of it’s technical limitations. CG just offers more freedom. While i do love practical effects too and think they should be used where appropriate, i think this trend of bashing CG is just ridiculous. You don’t just push a button and BAM, amazing animation. It’s just as much a craft as making practical effects.

    CG has come a LONG way and really, i bet there are tons of movies with scenes that look great and you don’t even know they are comp shot.

  • Sunderbuggles

    August 23, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Another guy who still does Stop Motion and has done it for over 60 years and is pretty well known is Jan Svankmajer. He’s done mostly short films and more artsy stuff but I think you should check him out if you can. His feature films don’t have that much stop motion, except for Faust and Alice. His son also does stop motion, I’d recommend watching this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eucqebotADQ

  • Deeke

    August 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I’ve always been fascinated by stop-motion animation, even as a kid. Nowdays I don’t really enjoy CGI–it’s not as complex (not saying it’s not hard to do or complicated) as traditional stop-motion.

    I mean look at the original Star Wars trilogy; all of the tricks and SFX that were implemented to bring the audience INTO the universe…but the newer trilogy seems to cheat and use CGI.

  • PlasticLion

    August 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

    My brother has the compilation with Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Eye of the Tiger, etc. His seven and four year old kids love this stuff so we watch it every time I visit them.

    So even my small unscientific poll of children agree, practical effects are much better than cgi.

  • DON

    August 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Great tribute.
    To me it seems like people who really care about movies all dislike the CGI abuse we have these days.
    Practical effects still take the pie beacuse they ARE real.
    There was something organic in front of the camera.
    To name a recent example, just compare the original, handmade Total Recall to the atrocious remake – it’s a mess of soulless high gloss CGI which makes thing seem far more unreal.

  • Valis77

    August 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Remember Tim Burton does stop motion movies as well, he’s one of many SM animators.

  • Doresh

    August 23, 2012 at 10:33 am

    @DON:

    True. Far too many movies these days have some pretty unrealistic CGI scenery – especially fantasy flicks who – trying to copy LotR – feature CGI castles and other structures that are so gigantic or silly that you can’t believe someone could actually build that, like Dracula’s real castle in Van Helsing (seriously, who built that thing Oo ? ), or this weird video game level of remake Medusa.

  • marc_lawson

    August 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

    @Valis77
    Good point. Tim Burton’s stuff for A Nightmare before Christmas and Corpse Bride is everywhere. Also, nice user name. I haven’t read PKD’s final books. I heard they are great, but almost utterly nonsensical.

  • RickyRei1

    August 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    James, you’ve done it again, you have given me a feel of nostalgia that I could never have. Seeing as I’m half your age and you have the talent/power to do that makes you such an amazing person.
    Keep up the good work!

  • August 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    It really is worthy of attention … I can imagine how hard was enlivened each of these creatures.
    Thank you for another journey to the past!
    *sorry my english*

  • Jonnyfri

    August 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Well said James! I would love to see more stop motion in films these days. I have a feeling that film making might get to a point when people will start getting back to basics and challenging themselves in different ways like this. By the way, your stop motion film you made was awesome! Love the pig guts!

  • kyberno

    August 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    dude! stan winston did stop motion…

  • August 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Sweet I finally got my account working right on here. Thanks James for this video. I was always blown away by Ray’s work and managed to rent a dvd documentary on him a few years ago that blew me away all over again. It featured his childhood start with animation and had nice 360 spinning vids of a number of his sculptures. I really should grab it again. Amazing stuff. Truly great. If you like stop motion I’d recommend checking out the new flick ‘Paranorman’. Beautiful work and detail and a helluva great story.

  • John1982

    August 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Oh man, you just kill a poor pig in 6:47, jajaja, nice video. It is incredible the way that Harryhausen did his animation, i completely agree with you, nice job! unless for the pig…

  • John1982

    August 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    sorry, the pig died in 1:53

  • eXtremeJeep

    August 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    This was a great video! I loved his movies as a kid.

    I’m with Bobo; Sam Worthington can suck a dick!

  • Landofunk

    August 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    The skeleton scene you showed from ‘Jason & The Argonauts’ was the one I remember the most from my youth (Besides ‘Clash’) The use of stop motion and skeletons worked so well and blew me away as a child. Great stuff!

  • top

    August 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    i could cry :(

  • AtticusFinch

    August 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Haha this reminds me of the Lego Studio set I used to have. Anyone ever played with one of those? So fun making stop motion movies with that Lego set and that little camera that hooked up to the computer. Oh, those were the times..

  • LordRandyx

    August 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    man,i miss the old days,,today cinema is bullshit.Remakes,generic movies, and CGI shit

  • jdshald

    August 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    omg I literally just watched the 7th Voyage of Sinbad! I had not seen that movie since I was a kid. Awesome is definitely the right word. I want to watch more Harryhausen movies now.

    great video. you got me excited to see more.

    personally im a bigger fan of hand drawn animation but stop motion is great as well. both are harder to do than traditional film making from a work and time standpoint.

  • deadtie9

    August 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    hey hey what about tim burton

  • into the blue

    August 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Hi James,
    Long time fan, first post.
    Like you, Harryhausen and many others of a certain age, I fell in love with Kong when it was shown on a Saturday afternoon on TV.
    Can you imagine what movies would have been like without him?
    No flying saucers, no Mysterious Island, no Sinbad movies, no Valley Of The Gwangi, No Titans.
    No Jason And The Argonauts.
    I was fortunate enough to meet him a few years ago and one of my most prized possessions is a signed copy of my Jason And The Argonauts DVD.
    He’s a true gentleman, and the world will be a sorrier place when he’s gone.

  • GuardianAuron

    August 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Love videos like this. Makes me remember why I check this site every day. Well done, James.

  • pro

    August 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Nice, didn’t know about this guy. I like How James was looking at the video footage over his left sholder while commentating on it, but wonder if he was actually looking at it off screen or just acting like he was.

  • lfgubrs

    August 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Ray Harryhousen must watch this, Great work again James

  • jdshald

    August 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

    i think part of the reason stop motion was so effective for the monsters was how it wasn’t like watching normal people act. it didn’t look like reality there was an otherworldly feel to them that made them scary.

  • RealNC

    August 24, 2012 at 11:16 am

    When’s the Fred Fuchs tribute coming?

  • buum

    August 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

    love harryhausen, stop motion and miniatures are almost dying art in film making. cgi took over, and the charm of guessing how they did the movie magic is gone. anyway we still have phil tippet, however he doesnt have a lot of work recently, i wished he worked on those star wars prequels…

  • misterprickly

    August 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I’m glad that James mentioned that CG isn’t that much easier than stop motion.

    I’ve done both and I can tell you that they’re both rather difficult.

    I still remember sacrificing whole weekends just for a few minutes of stop motion footage.
    Or working on a CG project and waiting 12 hours for the animation to finish rendering, only to have the power go out in my home before I can save anything and have to render it all over again.

    Makes you want to eat a bullet!

  • cacophony555

    August 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Cool video.

    But I’m surprised you didn’t mention Nick Park, who did a number of feature films that were entirely stop motion (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit), as well as quite a few lengthy shorts.

  • nespc

    August 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    James, if your reading this, You’ll find that stop-motion animation is not a dying art. People on you tube use it for team fortress 2/garrysmod skits.

  • hedley

    August 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I just subscribe to this blog, because there is a youtuber who make each of his video with stop motion: MysteryGuitarMan
    I hope you are able to google him :)

  • calideson

    August 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Good job James! Harryhausen is amazing! I never get tired of his stuff. Part of it is because it still looks amazing and another part is knowing how much effort it took to actually do that!

  • BakaYoshi

    August 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    i dont remember which film i saw as a child, but there was one that scared the crap out of me. ive attempted a little stop motion myself and it is very difficult.

    if you havent seen it, i would recommend Fantastic Mr Fox. all stop motion, good characters, all star cast, and just a lot of fun

  • Prashanth

    August 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Awesome tribute James. I am not from that generation unfortunately, but you gave me a glimpse of what it may have felt like! Love your work :)

  • fuwalda

    August 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Nice tribute!

  • angel85

    August 26, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Even if CGI is much faster, stop motion will always have a place, if for no other reason than people would want to see it for the sheer novelty, the most recent example being the awesome Paranorman, and soon we’ll have Frankenweenie as well.

  • elioncho

    August 26, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Hey guys, what’s the song at the beginning of the video?

  • 1957sputnik

    August 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I appreciate you for making an tribute video to an very overlooked person in cinema history, but there is a more concerning question I have; are you guys going to put up an apology video about the cheetahmen 2 kickstarter?

  • Eltanin

    August 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Great tribute and incredibly well spoken. You always find the way to put these kind of feelings and thoughts into words James.

    Cheers to Mr. Harryhausen!

  • Aaron1375

    August 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

    The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans are my favorite Ray Harryhausen films…I too had the privilege of seeing Clash in the theaters as a kid. Loved the Krakken!

  • August 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

    “A hell of a roll to play in film history.”

    Well said, sir.

    Coincidentally, I was just searching around for a good Harryhausen retrospective last week (before this was posted) and came across a great series (available on YouTube) called “The Harryhausen Chronicles” Definitely check it out, fans.

  • August 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Funny, I was just watching the original Clash of the Titans the other day. Harryhausen’s work was amazing.

  • Old Hay

    August 28, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I doubt you need many more suggestions, James, but how about a tribute to Eiji Tsuburaya for similar reasons?

  • Phenomenomenon3

    August 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I’ve been a fan for years, can’t get enough of your humor! But this just takes the cake: Harryhausen was amazing and so are his movies. James, your tastes in [bad?] movies are impeccable. Keep up your amazing work. No wonder you have so many fans!!!!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    August 30, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Awesome tribute, James. It makes me want to marathon some of his movies. I wish I had some on DVD. I loved those movies.

  • ponchobal

    August 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Maybe is not as good as a Ray Harryhausen movie, but a ver good example of a Mexican Stop Motion movie.

    Is so good that even Tim Burton plagiarized this movie to film the Bride’s Corpse.

    Hasta los Huesos
    Music by: Cafe Tacuba
    http://bit.ly/42okuI

  • DTysonator

    September 2, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Thank you for paying homage to Ray Harryhausen, James!

    I’ve unfortunately never seen any of his movies as of yet, but your tribute has definitely inspired me to check out some of his work, especially that freaky looking Medusa head, yikes!

    The first stop motion related film that I watched was the original King Kong. Unless The Dark Crystal counts, but that was more of a puppet movie. It still scared the shit out of me in kindergarten class either way!

    The teacher actually had to stop that movie at one point, seeing as how many of the kids were screaming and covering their eyes and such hahaha, good times :).

    The Neverending Story and some of the Puppet Master horror movies also freaked me out in their own ways, proving that stop motion can actually be a pretty powerful and convincing tool, as long as the viewer allows his/her imagination to run wild.

  • Wizards_Baker

    September 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Great stuff James, Ray i the shit! I also agree with Old Hay about Eiji Tsuburaya, I used to watch the hell out of some Ultraman & Godzilla as a kid.

  • September 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Is…lol…

  • Rice

    September 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Hey James

    Tim Burton had great inspired by Harry. Isn’t his films uses stop motions too? =)

  • Kenshiroh

    September 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

  • nammm3

    September 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    great video tribute!

    wow did your stop-motion movie get extremely gory at the end James! Lol!

  • ABC

    September 8, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I didn’t know a Ray Harryhausen did all that monster/creature animation! They all did like similar. Yeah, I remember alot of those movies, especially Clash of the Titans and the Sinbad movies. I also a movie where some people got stuck on an island with large creatures such as bees, crabs, etc. Way to go James! Thanks for the info =)

  • jman12351

    October 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    @DTysonator That movie used to be one of my favorites when I about 3 or 4, but now, I’m so traumatized by it, I can’t even mention its name. I’m not sure why. It could be the fact that I’m now taking Adderol for ADHD, and one of the side effects is unusual and vivid dreams. Or maybe Jim Henson’s ghost is haunting me. Whatever the case, I should seek therapy. It’s all but destroyed my sanity, and may have triggered multiple personality syndrome, which isn’t rare among teens still taking medication for ADD/ADHD.

  • December 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I recognize that music from the NWC AVGN episode haha! :)

  • Hank Foreman

    May 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    RIP Ray Harryhausen

  • May 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

  • Philip Shacklady

    May 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    RIP Ray Harryhausen. Godfather of stopmotion animation.

  • May 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    RIP – Legent

  • lockshockbarrel84

    May 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Raymond Frederick „Ray“ Harryhausen (1920 – 2013)
    We will never forget you, your talent and your outstanding art.

    Ruhe in Frieden – Rest in peace

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    R.I.P Ray Harryhausen, this great man passed away today at the age of 92.

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    RIP

  • karel1

    May 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Bravo! A fantastic and touching tribute! I’m SURE Harry would approve!

  • Rick

    May 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    :( Goodbye Mr. Haryhousen…

  • Mr. Cap

    May 8, 2013 at 1:50 am

    God Bless Mr.Harryhausen for the years of magic and imagination he brought to the movies.

    RIP

  • Desslok

    May 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Fucking brilliant, guys. Ray was a goddamned master of his craft and the world is a lesser place for his passing.

  • May 9, 2013 at 12:45 am

    We will miss you Ray. You were the man, and an inspiration to filmmakers around the globe.

  • May 9, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Mr. Harryhausen’s passing is a sad one, and while he lived a full and legendary life, it saddens me greatly that I’ll never get the chance I had dreamed of, to one day meet him and thank him for all the wonderful memories his films gave me.

    Great retrospective James! I just published my own tribute article to him, in honor of his passing, and his memory.

    http://www.retrorevelations.com/2013/05/an-animated-life-tribute-to-ray.html

  • May 9, 2013 at 7:37 am

    i think he will be very much missed by all his fans but he has helped alot of artists follow there dreams too. i love siting down on a relaxing day and watching clash of the titans or one of the sinbad movies ^^ somthing i’ll always enjoy and that will spark my imagination

  • May 21, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Never think “what can I possibly add?”. This was an awesome tribute, and despite the fact that Spielberg and other great names in movies may have already paid him tribute, I don’t follow what they have to say. I always enjoy watching what you have to say! Some people still would’t even know about this amazing stuff if not for you. :)

  • Another Guy Named James

    May 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I just realized after seeing this that one of the Harryhausen movies showcased in this tribute (The very first one with the Giant Lizard that’s in Black-and-White) was featured on an episode of “Whose Line is it Anyway?”.

    Anyone else notice that?…Anybody?…

  • Liz

    June 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    RIP Ray Harryhausen.

  • avgnfan370

    June 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    It’s kind of amazing when King Kong came out, Harryhausen was only 13 years old. That is pretty amazing.

  • BladeRunner

    September 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    awesome video, very well said. I love Ray Harryhausen’s work and have seen most of the movies he worked on. Great video about a great artist.

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