Ray Harryhausen Remembered: His 6 Most Important Movies
Ray Harryhausen (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Ray Harryhausen, the revered special-effects guru who died Tuesday at age 92, left a legacy more vast than the fault lines in "One Million Years B.C."'
His influence -- and his dinosaurs' footprints--are seen everywhere from "Star Wars" to the "Spy Kids" movies.
A primer on classic Harryhausen:
"Mighty Joe Young"
The 1949 adventure is the link from Hollywood's original stop-motion guru, Willis O'Brien, to Harryhausen. O'Brien, the mastermind behind the great-ape moves of the original "King Kong," hired Harryhausen as one of his assistants on "Mighty Joe Young." The film went on to win the Oscar for special effects, spawn a 1998 remake--and launch Harryhausen's career.
"The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms"
A year before Godzilla stomped on Tokyo, and decades before T-rexes roamed Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park," this 1953 sci-fi classic sent an A-bomb-awakened dinosaur on a walking tour of New York. The film teamed Harryhausen with his childhood fanboy in arms, Ray Bradbury, who wrote the story, and inspired countless giant-monster movies to come--including Harryhausen's own "It Came From Beneath the Sea" (1955), which itself was found homage-worthy by Pixar's "Monsters Inc."
"Earth vs. Flying Saucers"