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Stop-motion effects master Ray Harryhausen goes to the land beyond beyond, dies at age 92 (video)

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Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen died Tuesday at 92 years old. The announcement was made on the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation’s Facebook page.

Films featuring Harryhausen’s effects include “Mighty Joe Young,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” “Clash of the Titans” and a series of Sinbad films. Harryhausen brought to life a wide variety of creatures, utilizing stop-motion animation in the pre-CGI era.

The four-minute skeleton fight from "Jason and the Argonauts" took over four-and-a-half months to shoot and is considered one of Harryhausen's greatest achievements.

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) DVD. Skeleton Fight

Harryhausen’s foundation posted quotes from several filmmakers praising the inspiration they drew from the filmmaker.

George Lucas: “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no ‘Star Wars.’"

Peter Jackson: “‘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.’”

James Cameron: “I think all of us who are practitioners 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.”

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

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

Harryhausen's fans all wish him well in the land beyond beyond, the world past hope and fear.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Harryhausen's age.

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