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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 07:29:20 -0700
Subject: [Puptcrit] Corpse Bride / Stop Mtion

Wow!  We went to see the Corpse Bride movie last
night.  Tim Burton and crew have really done an
amazing job with stop motion puppetry
again.  This one breaks new ground.  I am sure
Cinefex magazine will be featuring this.   A few
points without ruining the clever story....the
characters are outstanding in design and variety.
Music is wonderful.    The piano the characters
play was labeled a Ray Harryhausen
brand.  (Another tribute to the great stop motion genius.)

Has anyone here ever tried stop motion
puppetry?   I've helped make one very short stop
motion scene with a crew of 10 for Comedy Central
and it was amazingly tedious.   Corpse Bride was
just overwhelming to watch.  The size of the feet
on many characters were so small long
jointed pencil legs with almost no feet.    How
do you plant those feet on the stage stabilizing
the character seamlessly between frames while
making the necessary pose changes and head
replacements?  Too much to talk about....truly
impressive work.  I'll see this movie MANY times.

Two major studios doing SM puppet movies at the
same time right now.   Refreshing in a market
where everything is Computer Generated animation.

DreamWorks Wallace and Grommit - "Curse of
(haven't seen this one yet)

Warner Brothers "Corpse Bride"


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