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For the guys who brought big critters to

gigantic, scary life on the silver screen:

Willis O’Brien

Ray Harryhausen

Merian C. Cooper

Eiji Tsuburaya

Ishirô Honda

Haruo Nakajima

Katsumi Tezuka

Jiro Suzuki

And all the unsung heroes and heroines who painstakingly built miniatures and puppets, sweated over special effects, and sweated inside rubber suits.

Plus a rueful nod to Bert I. Gordon. Sorry, Mr. B.I.G., but filming a close up of an iguana and calling it a T-Rex doesn’t cut the giant monster mustard.

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