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Dark Crystal/Labyrinth exhibit ...and more!

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by OverUnderAround, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member

    I don't know if anyone else has posted this, but this is pretty neat.


    Creatures, Monsters and Things to Inhabit the Academy
    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    Beverly Hills, CA — Aslan, Yoda, Mr. Tinkles, Audrey II, Mighty Joe, along with a T-Rex dinosaur and several aliens, will be among the fantastical creatures, unearthly characters, hideous monsters and memorable icons that will come to life at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in “It’s Alive!: Bringing Animatronic Characters to Life on Film,” an original exhibition opening to the public on Friday, May 12, in Beverly Hills.

    Presenting the work of many of the film industry’s leading animatronics professionals, the Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery will showcase numerous models, both small and large, maquettes, and animatronic creatures and their mechanisms, accompanied by video clips of the final product.

    “Animatronics have played a key role in creating some of film’s most memorable and beloved characters. We are excited to be a part of this exhibit giving the public a rare opportunity to see their favorite creatures up close,” said Brian Henson, co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company, which will provide exhibits of well-known characters from ground-breaking films including “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth.”

    The Grand Lobby’s installation will focus on the extensive design process such characters undergo. That section of the exhibition will present concept drawings, storyboards and photographs from the workshops and sets where the characters are built and operated.

    “Animatronics is a real combination of art and technology, making it possible to manufacture creatures that can perform in front of the camera and interact with actors, in real time,” said Ellen Harrington, the Academy’s exhibitions curator and special events programmer.

    The films represented in “It’s Alive” will include “102 Dalmatians,” “Alien3,” “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” “An American Werewolf in London,” “Beetlejuice,” “Cats & Dogs,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “The Dark Crystal,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “George of the Jungle,” “Ghostbusters,” “Gremlins,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Labyrinth,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Jurassic Park,” “Men in Black II,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Predator,” “Robocop 2,” “The Santa Clause 2,” “Short Circuit,” “Snow Dogs,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.”

    Lending to the exhibition are leading animatronics artists and companies including The Jim Henson Company, the Walt Disney Company, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., Eric Allard, Rick Baker, Dave Barclay, Lyle Conway, Richard Edlund, Ray Harryhausen, Robert Short and Phil Tippett.

    With its roots in the early years of fantasy films, animatronics became widely used in the 1970s through the 1990s, making possible characters like Yoda of “The Empire Strikes Back,” Harry, the giant ape of “Harry and the Hendersons” and, most recently, Aslan, the lion of “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Even though the advent of CGI has given filmmakers a different range of options, such recent films as “Herbie Fully Loaded” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” have elected to use animatronics to allow for real-time performances.

    "It’s Alive!: Bringing Animatronic Characters to Life on Film" will be on display through Sunday, August 20, 2006, at the Academy. Gallery viewing is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information call (310) 247-3600.


    I hope some of you go and give us a report!:)

  2. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    As someone who despises CGI and thinks that animatronics is about a billion times better, I would LOVE to go that... WHY do I have to live all the way on the OPPOSITE side of the country?! :sympathy: :cry:
  3. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    I would really really love to go... but we live in Switzerland! :mad:

    Please somebody must make photos...
  4. quixotic

    quixotic Active Member

    "The Jim Henson Company, which will provide exhibits of well-known characters from ground-breaking films including “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth.” "

    This sounds great, doubt we'd see anything like this over in England, you guys get all the best deals! Go see! And tell us all about which ones they show!
  5. Infinity Sirius

    Infinity Sirius Well-Known Member

    Aren't alot of the characters used in Labyrinth disentagrating?
  6. quixotic

    quixotic Active Member

    Yeah I thought so too, which is why I'm curious as to which will be shown, so if anyone can make it, please let us know, possible pictures? ;)
  7. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Well-Known Member

    Why Must Everything Be In California !!!????!!!!????
  8. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    You know, thats exactly what I was thinking. I wish something would be held closer to SC
  9. Infinity Sirius

    Infinity Sirius Well-Known Member

    I can imagine some parents reading that article and taking their kids to that show to show them the Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal puppets. Then the little kid would see them half rotting off their frames and start to scream, "Mommy! Mommy! So-so is dying!" and the child would begin to cry and have to be taken out of the exhibit. :smirk: :excited:
  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Someone go and sneak me some pictures of the Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, JHC, and --- well, you all know what things I love!
  11. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Well-Known Member

    Could it possibly hurt to put an exhibit like this in a museum in Indiana? Everything always has to be in California, New York, Chicago, or some other big city.
  12. Infinity Sirius

    Infinity Sirius Well-Known Member

    I know it's not the best thing for dedicated fans wh ocan't go to stuff like this, but those places are where the big studios are located and where stuff happens in the entertainment business.
  13. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Well-Known Member

    I know but it still irratates the heck out of me. Is this exhibit temporary or permanent? By the way can some one please post on the Dark Crystal sequeal thread?
  14. propologist

    propologist Well-Known Member

    No Photography

    I just call them to see if they were going to allow photography and they said that there is to be no photography of any type allowed. Like most displays they are conserned about the flashes braking down the materials faster(UV Light) from the flashes.
    I will be going any way I want to see if any of the stuff I worked on is on display (Gremlins,Beetlejuice).

    Hope this helps,

  15. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Well-Known Member

    You helped with Gremlins? Awesome! I love those movies! Any possible chance for a new movie?
  16. ToasterBoy

    ToasterBoy Well-Known Member

    Just got back from this exhibit and it's small, but VERY cool! Go see it!
  17. Infinity Sirius

    Infinity Sirius Well-Known Member

    Describe what was in it with details, please! :)
  18. alorindanya

    alorindanya Well-Known Member

    Did they allow pictures?
  19. puppetise

    puppetise Well-Known Member

    i wanna see audry 2 man this is killing me
  20. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Someone MUST make photos!

    New didgital cameras are quite small... shouldn't be a problem to make pix.

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