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Puppets – Prehistoric Beast & Dinosaur documentary

November 8, 2017

(After reading, you can CLICK on above photo which will take you to the other photos, and you can scroll through them)

I had these still hard copy photos in storage for years and just found them. Original stills were not digital and I rephotographed for posting here. This was long ago — the stop motion puppets display were part of a larger general dinosaur exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. I think this was around 1989 year thereabouts. You can see the other photos at the Stop Motion Works photo album page.

Phil Tippett’s ‘Prehistoric Beast’ animated short debut in 1984, then about a year later, the puppets & some of scenes from Prehistoric Beast were used in the CBS television documentary special, called ‘Dinosaur!’ which was broadcast in 1985 and hosted & narrated by actor Christopher Reeve. In the original ‘Prehistoric Beast’ there was only ‘one’ T-Rex character in all the scenes and the other puppet character was the herbivore Monoclonius.

In the later Dinosaur documentary there was also only ‘one’ T-Rex but it interacted with other dinosaurs. The photos here show the original T-Rex used in ‘Prehistoric Beast’ with the rubber skin removed. At the exhibit, they displayed another duplicate new T-Rex stop motion puppet preserved with its rubber skin. I believe, for the Dinosaur documentary, Phil Tippett and his crew fabricated this new cloned version of the earliier T-Rex, and also fabricated additional puppets – a couple of Deinonychus (raptors) puppets, some Brontosaurus’, some duck billed Hadrosaurus, and also a Struthiomimus stop motion puppet.

The stop motion puppets that were not displayed at this exhibit — were the duck bill Hadrosaurus and the Deinonychus (raptors) puppets.

As I said this exhibit was maybe around 1989 and I had a chance to visit it.

This is link to the CBS Documentary ‘Dinosaurs!’ (1985) …. it is edited to show ONLY the stop motion scenes


If you want to see the original ‘Prehistoric Beast’ that inspired the ‘Dinosaur’ documentary, go here

Tippett Studio beginnings: Stop Motion ‘Prehistoric Beast’

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Nightmare Before Christmas – Halloween or Christmas movie?

October 31, 2017

I say it's BOTH … Halloween & Christmas. End of debate :)

Posted by Stop Motion Works on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Dark Earth – Indie Feature – in production

October 26, 2017

I have posted here in past about my friend Peter Scott Montgomery’s project Dark Earth, privately advising and also moral support. It will be using ol’ school special FX, practical and also ‘modern’ creature character stop motion animation in the tradition of Ray Harryhausen.

Stop Motion is popular, however, when it comes to very well executed stop motion Harryhausen-esque realistic stop motion … it does not seem to get as much attention as the Laika or Aardman puppet-cartoon style stop motion. Perhaps audiences, producers & studios are now so indoctrinated to CGI creature animation, that they cannot conceive that ‘modern’ realism-style stop motion is viable or marketable anymore. Of course, CGI can exceed in realism … but IMO … for a surreal, fantasy aesthetic, I am in agreement with UNCLE RAY

Some years ago, Peter did do an Indiegogo for Dark Earth, but response was not overwhelming. I do not know if Peter will later attempt another crowdfunding or donation effort. If you want to say ‘Hi’ to Peter or offer some ocassional moral support, he is Facebook and YOUTUBE

The clip shows an Ornisaurus kind of chilling out and watching his territory. Stop Motion by veteran & master animator Kent Burton … Puppet construction & visual fx compositing by Peter


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Negative Space (2017) – animated short festival winner

October 24, 2017

Negative Space (2017) – animated short festival winner

Entertainment publisher Variety,…

Posted by Stop Motion Works on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Skateboard Stop Motion – ‘Movie Mountain’ – Instagram & Patreon

October 22, 2017

Skateboard Stop Motion – 'Movie Mountain' – Instagram & Patreon

Interesting marketing or promotion of this. Whoever is…

Posted by Stop Motion Works on Sunday, October 22, 2017

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