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It was announced today that stop-motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen died at the age of 92.
If you're a fan of cinema and special effects, chances are you're already a fan of his work. His influence can be seen in the work of Tim Burton, Phil Tippett, Harry Selick, Rob Bottin, Dennis Muren, Sam Raimi, James Cameron, Sid and Marty Krofft, and countless others.
Harryhausen's influence extends beyond stop-motion and into the realms of traditional and computer animation. This is primarily because he was a storyteller first and an animator second. A movie with Harryhausen effects has its own special feeling. The design work, the fluidity of movement (though it is less fluid by far than modern stop motion), and the little humanizing touches all set him apart from his contemporaries.
One reason fans embrace Harryhausen's work so much is because he was one of us. He didn't go into special »
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Except for "The Croods," there's not a ton for families to see together in theaters right now. Parents with teens may want to check out the new Jackie Robinson biopic "42" or "Jurassic Park 3D," but those with younger kids at home are better off keeping their family movie night at home until "Epic" comes out next month. This week we've put together a list of two page-to-screen adaptations and one big-budget action franchise. These selections should please everyone, from preschoolers to teens -– not to mention parents who won't have to pretend to like a movie with these picks. Rated G Pick - "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008, 94 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: Talking animals! A trapped princess! This is an epic adventure following a plucky mouse Despereaux (Matthew Broderick) in the kingdom of Dor, where mice have been banished to live in Mouseland. After Despereaux talks to »
- Sandie Chen
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