Ray Harryhausen, RIP

Ray Harryhausen has died at the age of 93.

Ray Harryhausen

Harryhausen was a master of movies, not a writer, but anyone my age who loves fantasy and science fiction books was into his movie work at least as much as they were into the written work of Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, and all the rest.

Bradbury in particular was a close friend of Harryhausen’s. Most people know that Harryhausen’s Beast From 20,000 Fathoms was based on Bradbury’s story “The Fog Horn,” but not as many know that Bradbury’s short story, “Tyrannosaurus Rex” was based on Harryhausen.

If you’ve got some time to kill, here are the full versions of Jason and the Argonauts, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, and the “Tyrannosaurus Rex” episode of Ray Bradbury Theater.

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