So many people better qualified than I have written volumes on Ray's philosophy, techniques, thoughts, etc., that I thought I'd just post some images and tickle your memories. Sometimes my job is not to editorialize, but just do my part to keep attention on cool stuff.
"Mighty Joe Young" 1949
...Usually compared with King Kong, but great all on it's own. Real personality animation. Ray was the assistant on this film to Willis O'Brien, his hero who had done Kong 16 years prior.
"The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" 1954
...tell me you didn't think this was cool!
...6 armed octopus? This is what happens when accountants judge the worth of something. 6 were cheaper to animate than 8. sigh.
"Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" 1956
...amazing work. Saucers smashing Washington D.C., even the rubble had to be hung from wire so it could be animated as it fell to the ground.
Yeah I know, this is a costume and probably had nothing to do with Ray...but it's BITCHIN' anyway.
"20 Million Miles to Earth" 1957
The Ymir! Beating up an elephant! Double bitchin'!
"The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" 1958
...I still think she's hot.
Cyclopes' and dragons...oh my!
The Roc. Don't mess with his nest!
The Cyclops again. Just cause he's cool!
Sword fightin' with a skeleton. Soooooooooooooo bitchin'!
"The 3 Worlds of Gulliver" 1950