Recquiescat in pace, Master Animator Harryhausen. We can only hope that your legacy is appreciated by those in your field, instead of the usual treatment ("Look at how big I am! A pygmy standing on the shoulders of a giant!")
( Oh Buddhas and Bodhisattvas abiding in all directions, Endowed with great compassion, Endowed with foreknowledge, Endowed with divine eye, Endowed with love, Affording protection to sentient beings, Please come forth through the power of your great compassion, Please accept these offerings, both actually presented and mentally created.
Oh Compassionate Ones, you who possess The wisdom of understanding, The love of compassion, The power of doing divine deeds, And of protecting in incomprehensible measure, Ray is passing from this world to the next, He is taking a great leap, The light of this world has faded for him, He has entered solitude with their karmic forces, He has gone into a vast silence, He is borne away by the great ocean of birth and death ..… Oh Compassionate Ones, protect Ray who is defenceless. Be to [him/her] like a mother and father. Oh Compassionate Ones, let not the force of your compassion be weak, but aid them. Let Ray not go into the miserable states of existence. Forget not your ancient vows. )
I regret to say I've only seen two of the movies he worked on (Beast From 20, 000 Fathoms and 7th Voyage of Sinbad), but what I did see were among the most stunning pre-CGI effects I've ever seen in a live-action film.
I had the deep honour of getting to meet and speak with Mr Harryhausen a few years back at Montreal's Fantasia Festival, and got his autograph. The world has lost a true artist, the father of special effects