General Wellington stop action figure from Corpse Bride

General Wellington stop action figure from Corpse Bride

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This is one of the 30 puppets that were part of the 2005 stop motion animated film Corpse Bride, produced and directed by Tim Burton and animated by Mike Johnson. This macabre story is based on a 19th century Russian fairy tale, and stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson. The Graham G. Maiden and the British firm Mackinnon and Saunders took Burtons imaginative inspiration and transformed it into an innovative spectacle. This phenomenal production required three groups of artists, including the story board (drawing) department, the animator fabrication workshop and the camera crew. Twenty three animators worked on the film to create these marvelous puppets made of metal, silicone, foam and fabric. Along with the human actors, thirty animated characters appeared in the film. A total of three hundred puppets were used at a cost of $30,000 per puppet.
These puppets are very intricate. Tiny mechanical paddles and gears adjusted with Allen wrenches were placed at the ball joints and inside the head. The eyes are made of urethane and each side of the head is operated independently, including the eyebrows and lips that work separately using the tiny paddles. This ground breaking technology enabled the animators to achieve a greater range of movement and reduced the need to make replacement heads for each change in facial expression.
In addition to the advancement in animation that contributed to the realism of the figures, the movie was photographed digitally which allowed for more flexible and tighter shots thereby adding a 3-D dimensional quality to the characters.
Currently not on view
Object Name
figure, animation
date made
Associated Name
Burton, Tim
Physical Description
clay (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
foam latex (overall material)
metal (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
Entertainment, Film
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Movie Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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