I was very sad to hear that Ray Harryhausen has passed away. He has been and inspiration to me for pretty much all my working life. His creature designs and animation were always amazing, and stand up even in todays CGi world.
The current project I am working on 'Combat Monsters' even contains a Cyclops as this monster is the one that has always stuck in my mind. One of Rays best.
Modern CGi really can't compete with the skill, time and effort of stop motion.