STOP-MOTION ANIMATION PUPPETS

In the course of my career, I have sculpted various characters for stop-motion film and commercial productions. Sometimes I create the puppet from start to finish. In most cases however, I make only the clay sculpture. Then it is cast in foam rubber and finished by someone else. The character is posed in a neutral position in order to make the molding process easier. I typically use Roma Plastalina clay, sculpting directly over a ball and socket armature. That way the armature is guaranteed to fit inside the puppet perfectly. There is nothing like animating a character that you have personally sculpted! Click on an image for an enlarged view.

Also of interest is my behind the scenes article SCULPTING CAVEMEN FOR ANIMATION!
Yole the gnome stop-motion puppet

Yole the gnome

Joel Fletcher animates the Fruitman stop-motion puppet

Fruitman, a full scale puppet for CALIFORNIA COOLER

Candy Man stop-motion puppet

The Candyman from MORRIS GOES TO SCHOOL

Food stop-motion puppets by Joel Fletcher

Food group from Little Red Riding Hood's basket

Caveman puppet sculpture by Joel Fletcher

A clay sculpt for STANLEY AND THE DINOSAURS

Cave People stop-motion animation puppets

Cave family from STANLEY AND THE DINOSAURS

Three Cavemen animation puppets

Cavemen from STANLEY AND THE DINOSAURS

Frog Man bust sculpture

Bumpo, close-up head sculpt for an unfinished film

Frog Man puppet sculpture

Frog-man animation sculpture

Joel Fletcher sculpting a stop-motion puppet

Sculpting Bumpo

Lizard Man stop-motion puppet sculpture

Lizardman sculpture

Sculpture and puppet Minnie Mouse

Sculpt and finished puppet for MICKEY'S PARADE popsicles

Parkay commercial stop-motion animation puppets

Singing butter sticks for PARKAY

Parkay puppet sculpture and armatures

PARKAY puppet sculpt. Armatures by Peter Marinello

Stone Giant stop-motion sculpture by Joel Fletcher

Stone giant sculpture for MAGIC ISLAND

Magic Island Stone Giant sculpted by Joel Fletcher

Stone Giant in a scene from MAGIC ISLAND