"Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no Star Wars"
"I loved every single frame of Ray Harryhausen's work ... He was the man who made me believe in monsters."
Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead
"Tim Burton considers his satiric science fiction movie, Mars Attacks! (1996), to be a tribute to Mr. Harryhausen..."
"Once, when asked if he had a favourite among his creatures, Harryhausen replied: "It would be Medusa. But don't tell the others.""
I agree; his Medusa is the shit.
"...Jason and the Argonauts (1963). Among the film's several celebrated animation sequences is an extended fight between three actors and seven living skeletons, a considerable advance on the single-skeleton fight scene in Sinbad. This amazing stop-motion sequence, never since equaled by a single individual, took over four months to complete, and helped to inspire an entire generation of subsequent filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tim Burton, Sam Raimi and James Cameron, among many others."