You’ve probably heard by now that special effects master Ray Harryhausen has passed away.
I think it’s safe to say that not a single image in my young gamer’s head wasn’t seriously informed by the ground-breaking stop-motion animation that Harryhausen gave us over the years. And though Hollywood has long moved on from its heavy reliance on this type of effect (more’s the pity), the world is a lesser place for his passing.
I hunted around YouTube and found this compilation of the master’s greatest hits. Enjoy it, and keep these images in your brain the next time you’re trying to picture a hydra, a cyclops, or an army of skeleton warriors bearing down upon your characters.
It’s a big loss.