Tag Archives: animatronics

The Line Keeps Getting Blurred

Over at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, Stephen Worth has a short post about animating robots. Stephen mentions how the job description of an animator is rapidly changing and muses about the possibility of animators being hired to “animate” robots, which sounds suspiciously similar to what a puppeteer does.
Although robots and automata aren’t generally considered puppets [...]

Zerks’ Log

Zerks’ Log chronicles the voyage of a doomed spaceship Venturi 553.
Zerks’ Log is one of the most impressive puppetry web series I’ve seen. It’s an 18 episode series (the season is currently 11 episodes in) about Captain Zerks Ganymedewski and his ship the Venturi 553, which disappeared without a trace. The story is told through [...]

Kanye West’s Creature

Kanye West’s recent Glow In The Dark tour featured a giant animatronic creature built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
Remember that big animatronic puppet that Jim Henson’s Creature Shop was building for Kanye West last year? Well, Sean – who along with his brother Patrick was part of the team that built the monster – sent [...]

First Look at "Where The Wild Things Are" Creatures

A series of skateboards provide the first look at the monsters of Where The Wild Things Are.
The film adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are (see previous post) has been hotly anticipated for a long time. The film’s original teaser was released back in 2000 and the movie’s troubled production history has been widely reported. [...]

Mark Hamill Talks Yoda

Mark Hamill reminisces about working with Yoda in this clip from the documentary Legends of Film and Fantasy.
Here is Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, talking about the difficulties of working with small green animatronic puppets that have exceptionally high midi-chlorian counts. It’s a five minute clip from an upcoming documentary called Legends of Film and [...]

Open House at The Creature Shop Next Week

Kermit the Frog greets visitors to the Jim Henson Company studio lot in Hollywood.
The Visual Effects Society and LA ACM SIGGRAPH are hosting a very cool-sounding open house of sorts at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop next week called Innovation in Puppetry: From Animatronics to CGI next Tuesday, January 13th at 6 p.m. The program includes [...]

Update on The Hobbit

Director Guillermo del Toro is directing the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.
While doing promotion for the new Hellboy II Blu-Ray, director Guillermo del Toro provided some minor updates on his upcoming two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. He reports that filming will commence in 2010 and last an entire year. del Toro – [...]

Get Ready For More Cats & Dogs

A sequel to the 2001 family film Cats & Dogs is headed in to production in Vancouver.
Remember Cats and Dogs?
I’ve always thought it was a great little family film and its villain Mr. Tinkles has to be one of the funniest animatronic puppet characters ever created. Recently word has been spreading that a sequel called [...]

50 ft Robo Spider Loose in UK

Some unconventional street theatre is being created with a giant animatronic spider in the UK.
Take a look at CNN’s report of the incredible 50 ft spider that’s currently on the loose in England. Don’t worry, there hasn’t been an invasion of giant radioactive insects (yet) it’s just an elaborate piece of free street theatre that’s [...]

Kanye Visits The Creature Shop

Is this a model of one of the monsters from Where The Wild Things Are?
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is rumoured to be working on something “big” for Kanye West’s next live tour. The popular Hip Hop artist recently paid a visit to the Creature Shop and posted some photos from the trip on his blog. [...]