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One of my lifetime heroes passed away today. This is not my video, but a great showcase for Ray Harryhausen's work. This is a compilation of every Ray Harryhausen animated creature in feature films, presented in chronological order. Read the complete creature list at

The song is "Mon Ti," from the incomparable Tito Puente's album "Top Percussion."

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Comment by Geoff on May 8, 2013 at 11:15am

Sorry to hear he passed but he lived a long life and was loaded down with praise and honors at the end. I saw a documentary about him recently that included some of his very early work--stuff that never made it into actual films--and of course kind words from his lifelong friend Ray Bradbury.

I'm actually thinking of using the monster hatching sequence from 20 Million Miles to Earth in a video. Got it on order at the library.

Comment by ThatGirl on May 8, 2013 at 12:36pm

awww....what an inspirational tactile artist the man truly was.

We were just teaching the kids about the Godzilla films a few weeks ago. It was interesting to discuss how the concept of what a "monster" is changes with time and contemporary fears in society. They recognize some of the most popular contemporary monsters are the unseen, microscopic or biological threats (virus, bacteria), nuclear energy or weapons, pharmaceutical trials, or technological advances from all fields of study gone awry.  Extraterrestrials have even taken a backseat in sci-fi as the main threat unless writers devise some way they were once US, we THEY or we being a source of energy for their far-advanced civilization.   The day of the monster from beneath Earth's surface is being replaced by threats created by ourselves or living right beneath our own SKIN. The further we explore the microworld and the depths of the universe, the more doors open to science fiction storytelling.  I'm enjoying the ride, anyway you look at it! this was a lovely tribute

Comment by BlancheNoE on May 11, 2013 at 7:52pm

This is all the stuff that inspired me as a kid.

....AND A GIANT SQUIRREL ! I don't remember that one.

His work will not be forgotten by us monster-nerds.

Rest in peace Ray.

...and thanks for this Jim.


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