8 May 2013

Death of animation pioneer

7:37 am on 8 May 2013

An American animator and visual effects pioneer has died in London.

Long before computers took over the job, Ray Harryhausen, 92, worked laboriously by hand to perfect the "stop-motion" technique that allows miniatures to be turned into monsters and prehistoric creatures.

His films include Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts and One Million Years BC.

Harryhausen received a special Academy Award for career achievement in 1992.