Harryhausen was a genius pioneer whose acclaim is richly deserved, and it is well that we mourn his passing.
… I've yet to see a digital monster that impresses me the way a good Harryhausen creature impresses me.
strikes me as rank sentimentality.
Sure, there is plenty of crap CGI creature work out there, just as there was plenty of crap stop-motion and optical effects work by Harryhausen wannabes back in the day. Effects have in fact progressed, though, and the work of serious CGI artists has long since surpassed the best of the stop-motion and miniature-model era.
The skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts
are still amazing, though.