HERE COMES SANTA GORILLA
To celebrate the holiday season, we joined the Oscar-winning Creature FX geniuses from Amalgamated Dynamics in Hollywood, where they showed off their state of the art "Santa Gorilla" (aka Bernie from THE ZOOKEEPER). He sang Christmas Carols, listened attentively to Christmas wishes, and generally blew people's minds.
Pictured above: Amalgamated Dynamics co-founder Alec Gillis puppeteers Santa Gorilla outside the famous Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.
Pictured above: Santa Gorilla (aka Tom Woodruff, Jr.) spreads holiday cheer in Hollywood.
Our collective mission was clear: 1) To spread holiday cheer. 2) To remind Hollywood (and movie fans) that nothing beats the interactivity of a "real" creature. Well Santa Gorilla achieved both objectives with flying colors (red and green, naturally) and we filmed the whole thing!
Pictured above: Santa Gorilla welcomes all, human and canine alike.
Pictured above: Santa Gorilla poses with Superman, Wolverine, Iron Man and Spider-Man
Pictured above: ADI's Connor Woodruff, Dave Penikas and Garth Winkless bring Santa Gorilla to life to the delight of a young child.
THIS YEAR, FORGET THE MILK AND COOKIES
Watch the video above for a peek at some of the highlights of Santa Gorilla's visit to Hollywood. And remember, this Christmas forget the milk and cookies -- Santa Gorilla prefers BANANAS.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Stan Winston School!
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More from Alec Gillis at Stan Winston School:
- Artist Bio
- Monster Maker Interview
- Monster Suit Sculpting Tutorial
- Monster Suit Molding, Foam Running and Painting Tutorial
- Monster Suit Sculpting Tutorial - FREE CHAPTER
- Directing Creature Characters Tutorial