Puppets are a lot like people; you never know which one’s gonna be a jerk. Take this guy for instance. I really like the design and I had no problems building him … but OH MY GOD is he a tough one to animate. Why? I’ll give you several reasons. The coat is long which makes it very difficult to get to the legs. The lower part of the coat (right below the belt) is made of a thicker rubber than the rest of the puppet. It’s much stiffer and doesn’t always want to get the hell out of the way. Because his waist is so high I incorrectly placed the back joint too low so he’s a pain to bend and twist. Having said that … he looks really cool on film (which is all that matters) and watching him move you’d never know I had any issues. Actors….!

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