Directors, actors and animation fans of all stripes saluted Ray Harryhausen on Tuesday as news of the visual effects pioneer's death reached Hollywood.
Harryhausen, the stop-motion animator of such classics as 1955's "It Came From Outer Space," 1958's "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts" and 1981's
"Anyone in the world of animation, SFX, or fantasy owes everything to Ray Harryhausen,"
Except for "Titans," Harryhausen, who was 92, worked on all the special effects himself. "I don't have a crew," he told The Times in an interview a few years ago. Any given effect, he said, could take months for him to complete -- like the classic skeleton army battle sequence in "Jason and the Argonauts."
"It took four months to put the skeleton fight scene together and it lasted less than five minutes," Harryhausen said. "I remember working in my house as an amateur; I got mad at something and I threw the hammer on the floor and it went through a glass painting that had taken me a long time to make. I had to develop patience."
"Ray Harryhausen's skeleton army is unmatched in the realm of cinematic menace, mocking the undead legions shambling in their wake," writer-producer-director Christopher McQuarrie said Tuesday on Twitter.
Additional reactions to Harryhausen's death follow below: