Thursday, May 09, 2013

Remembering Two Stop-Motion Masters: Ray Harryhausen and Stormin' Norman McLaren

It's a good bet that all of us dyed-in-the-wool classic movie buffs have been affected by the passing of the incomparable Ray Harryhausen at 92 earlier this week.

The many Ray Harryhausen action-adventure-science fiction-fantasy epics - all populated by his remarkably otherworldly creatures - sparked that THIS IS SO COOL sense of wonder and astonishment, not just on the first viewing, but every time.

Leonard Maltin's superb tribute The Game-Changer: Ray Harryhausen said it most eloquently - better than even this equally Movie Crazy scribe can.

So today, Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog pays tribute to one imaginative stop-motion animation innovator with cool films by another, Norman McLaren.

There could never be enough tips of the Jimmie Hatlo and Fred Astaire top hats to the creative and ingenious Mr. Harryhausen and Mr. McLaren.

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