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May 07, 2013

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Pete Apruzzese

A good long life, a remarkable career. RIP Ray, you've earned it.

Can't add to your thoughts, Glenn. Just "ditto".

I had the pleasure of meeting him when I worked at the Lake Placid Film Festival and he was a Guest of Honor (at the insistence of Guillermo del Toro) back in 2002. Treasured memory - sitting and chatting with him alone for about 15 minutes in the hotel lobby on the last day.

Ian W. Hill

Thanks, Glenn. I was one of those kids reading Famous Monsters and building those Aurora models and animating plasticine and play-do and 12" G.I. Joe figures on Super-8 my whole childhood (and up to making heavily-Godard-influenced arty student films at NYU that still had to always include a stop-motion sequence). I'm still dealing with my feelings on this, like a lot of people I see on Twitter, but you got the tone best thus far. Again, thanks, I needed that.

Oliver_C

I do remember, at the age of 11 or 12, my art teacher enthusing about the skeletal warriors of 'Jason and the Argonauts', rhetorically asking his class how 'death' could possibly be, be made to appear, so alive.

In a way, this perplexed Harryhausen himself -- as recounted in his indeed-excellent 'An Animated Life', he couldn't devise a way for Jason to kill that which was already dead, so had to settle for pushing them into the Mediterranean.

R.I.P.

Max Alvarez

Thank you, Mr. Kenny, for honoring the great Mr. Harryhausen. I was fortunate to have a brief transatlantic telephone conversation with him back in 2001 when I was film coordinator at National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. I had been given my strangest assignment of all: assemble a program of Rapunzel movies in conjunction with a museum exhibition on books based on that fairytale. While I had managed to locate a 1979 live-action short subject ("Rapunzel, Rapunzel") and even a 1978 feminist tract from Great Britain ("Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair"), there was still a component missing: an animated take on the story.
As it turned out, Harryhausen had produced and directed "The Story of Rapunzel," a 10½-minute dimensional animated version of the tale, back in 1951, but I had no idea where to locate a 16mm print. I threw caution to the wind and phoned Harryhausen at his London residence where I found him to be both kind and unassuming. He gladly referred me to a U.S. film distributor and was pleased to hear my praises of his work and how privileged I felt speaking with him.
It was a brief phone call that I shall always cherish.

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