20 Astonishing Stop-Motion Puppets

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2015-06-26 11:27:22

 

Stop-motion animation has its roots in the earliest days of late 19th century cinema. Today, despite the advances of CGI effects, it remains an art form popular with film makers and viewers alike. Puppets from famous films have also become much sought-after piece of movie memorabilia for collectors around the world.

Here are twenty stop-motion puppets spanning cinematic history, from the 1930s to the present day, that have crossed the auction block in recent years.

 

 

 

This skeleton puppet was amongst the hoard of Deadites battled by Bruce Campbell in the 1992 horror comedy Army of Darkness.

Sold at Profiles in History, May 2009, $1,900

 

 

This hero puppet of Victor Van Dort, played by Johnny Depp, appeared in Tim Burton's 2005 feature The Corpse Bride.

Sold at Profiles in History, June 2010, $27,500

 

 

This monstrous Garthok puppet appears in Coneheads, the 1993 comedy based on the SNL sketch starring Dan Ackroyd and Jane Curtin. It was one of the last complex stop motion puppets built at the Tippet Studio before it switched to digital effects.

Sold at Profiles in History, December 2010, $25,000

 

 

This puppet of the villainous Archibald Snatcher, voiced by Ben Kingsley, starred in the 2014 LAIKA animation studios film The Boxtrolls.

Sold at Heritage Auctions, February 2015, $23,900

 

 

This puppet of the nightmarish killer clown Pennywise, played by Tim Curry, was used in the 1990 TV adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel IT.

Sold at Profiles in History, May 2009, $3,000

 

 

The titular puppet of Coraline, from Henry Selick and LAIKA studio's 2009 adaptation of the novel by cult author Neil Gaiman.

Sold at Heritage Auctions, February 2015, $23,900

 

 

This creepy puppet appeared in Tim Burton's 1988 cult classic Beetlejuice, when Michael Keaton's demented ghost attempts to scare the Deetzes out of their home.

Sold at Profiles in History, December 2012, $2,000

 

 

Mr Centipede is one of the magnificent creations from Henry Selick's adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel James and the Giant Peach.

Sold at Profiles in History, July 2010, $35,000

 

 

This stop-motion 'Terror Dog' starred in Ghostbusters, almost causing the end of the world and completely ruining Louis Tully's party in the process.

Sold at Profiles in History, December 2008, $13,000

 

 

The "Bunny!"-shouting Behemoth from Tim Burton and Henry Selick's holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sold at Profiles in History, June 2010, $32,500

 

 

This big-brained alien puppet was used in the 1996 sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!, Tim Burton's camp homage to B-movies and the cult series of 1960s trading cards.

Sold at Profiles in History, May 2009, $22,500

 

 

Here's the star of ParaNorman, the 11-year-old boy who communes with the dead in the 2012 Oscar-nominated movie from LAIKA animation studios.

Sold at Heritage Auctions, February 2015, $28,680

 

 

This puppet appears in RoboCop 2, as the OCP attempts to create a new law enforcement robot with disastrous results.

Sold at Profiles in History, May 2010, $30,000

 

 

This Jeweled Dragon puppet featured in the classic 1962 George Pal fantasy film The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. It was created by Wah Chang, the celebrated effects artist who also designed countless props and aliens for the 1960s Star Trek TV series.

Sold at Profiles in History, July 2004, $65,000

 

 

The haunting screen-used Corpse Bride herself, as played by Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton's macabre 2005 animated movie.

Sold at Profiles in History, December 2010, $55,000

 

 

The armature for this two-headed giant puppet, from the 1962 fantasy Jack the Giant Killer, was created by Marcel Delgado who also worked on the classic King Kong.

Sold at Profiles in History, May 2009, $20,000

 

 

The high-rollin', blues singin', Oogie Boogie himself from The Nightmare Before Christmas, as voiced by actor and cabaret singer Ken Page.

Sold at Profiles in History, 2009, $55,000

 

 

This puppet armature was used in two classic movies: it appeared as an Imperial Scout Trooper riding a speed bike in Return of the Jedi, and as Elliot's brother Michael during the flying bike sequence in E.T.

Sold at Profiles in History, July 2013, $47,500

 

 

This alien craft from the 1956 sci-fi classic Earth vs the Flying Saucers was animated by Ray Harryhausen, the undisputed king of stop-motion animation.

Sold at Profiles in History, December 2005, $40,000

 

 

The daddy of them all. This is the original 1933 King Kong puppet armature created by legendary animator Willis O'Brien, and used during the iconic scenes atop the Empire State Building.

Sold at Christie's, November 2009, $200,305

 

 

(All images: Profiles in History, Heritage Auctions & Christie's)

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