The world got a little darker today with the announcement of the passing of Ray Harryhausen. A pioneer of stop-motion special effects, Harryhausen's influence on the film industry cannot be overstated. Much of the special effects we enjoy today can be traced back to his work. While the technology is completely different from when he started in the industry, the high standards he achieved set the bar for those who followed after him. Highlights of his work include The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), and Clash of the Titans (1981). His movies can still bring out the kid in me (which is admittedly not hard to do).