Elf with 16 Faces created by George Pal for Animation

Description (Brief):

This elf puppet without a face was created by George Pal and used in early animation. Elf costume is red and brown. There is an accompanying wooden box contains 16 faces, two eyes, and one pair of hands.

Description (Brief)

George Pal was one of the pioneers of stop-frame puppet animation, a painstaking process achieved by moving figures and shooting each change on a single frame of motion picture film in a series of progressive steps. At each frame shot, the head, arms, and legs of a character were changed according to the motions needed. This creates the illusion of fluid motion when the film is viewed at normal speed. Pal was also the first producer-director to combine animated puppets with human actors.

Description (Brief)

Pal was contracted by Paramount Studios in 1940 to produce a series of short-subject puppet cartoons which he had created in Europe, called Puppetoons. The Puppetoons adressed a wide variety of subject matters, such as fairy tales and jazz themes. George Pal was also popular for his work in feature films and had won eight Academy Awards.

Maker; Producer: Pal, GeorgeUser: Walter Lantz ProductionsMaker: Pal, George

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles

General Subject Association: Motion PicturesSubject: AnimationPuppetry


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Movie Collection


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Elisabeth Pal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1983.0361.11Accession Number: 1983.0361Catalog Number: 1983.0361.11

Object Name: figure set, animation (22) w/ boxpuppet

Physical Description: rubber (overall material)vinyl (overall material)fabric (overall material)wood (overall material)wax (overall material)

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-f382-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_679380

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