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Before there was CGI, there was clay.  Before there was James Cameron, there was Ray Harryhausen.  But now: there is no Ray Harryhausen.

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Harryhausen, center, showing off the original Ed Grimley look.

Special Effects guru who worked on movies from Mighty Joe Young (The 1949 version, not the 1998 piece of shit with Bill Paxton.  Bill, you are no Ben Johnson!) to the 1981 classic, “Clash of the Titans” (Not the 2010 piece of shit with Liam Neeson.  Liam, you are no Laurence Olivier!) died at the spry age of 92.

Harryhausen (“Ray Double-H,” or “Ray Hey-Hey!” to his friends) revolutionized film and special effects.  He made Hollywood question what they couldn’t do.  Now they think they can do anything.  And they so can’t.  Don’t believe me?  Watch “The Smurfs Movie.”  And by “The Smurfs Movie,” of course I mean “Avatar.”

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Wait, there was a giant pterodactyl in this movie? Hm. I didn’t notice.

His special effects were as memorable in “One Million Years B.C.” as Raquel Welch’s cleavage.  Ok.  I’m exaggerating a little there.  Git SOME!

Steven Spielberg once said, “Without Harryhausen’s effects work over the last five decades, there never would have been a ‘Star Wars’ or a ‘JurassicPark.’”  Unfortunately, we then must blame Harryhausen for the Star Wars prequels or the JurasicPark sequels. 

*fist shaking in the air* HARRYHAUSEEEEN!

Harryhausen was 13 when he saw “King Kong” (The 1933 version, not the 2005 piece of shit with Jack Black.  Jack, you’re no Robert Armstrong!  You’re no Fay Wray either!) during its run at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood and that changed everything for him.

This hit goes to Giann—- what wait?  Gianna didn’t have this?  This is such a Gianna pick…. Then it must be: Council of Geeks (new season filming this summer)!

Yes, The Council convened and decided that it was much likelier for Harryhousen to day than, say, Leonard Nimoy.  This puts The Council at 50 points, which means that they are just 50 behind the New Dick in town!

So to celebrate, like them on Facebook and watch them on You-Tube!

Happy pooling,
SPMI

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 140 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10, Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10 – George Jones – 20)

Babysitter – 120 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20, Chi Cheng – 60, Pat Summerall – 20)

The New Dick in Town – 100 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70, Jonathan Winters – 20)

Gianna – 80 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40, E. L. Konigsburg – 20, Deanna Durbin – 10)

Tailgating with Jesus – 70 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20)

Joanne – 60 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10)

Council of Geeks – 50 (Richard Griffiths – 40, Ray Harryhausen – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

Team Sushi – 50 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30)

 “Imaginary” Steve – 20 (Al Neuharth – 20)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 10 – (Patty Andrews – 10)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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