Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Phil Tippett's Prehistoric Beast

When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be Phil Tippett. (And Dennis Muren, and Ben Burtt, and John Dykstra, and Jim Henson, and...) Without him, the formative films of my childhood might have been very different indeed. Today, I watched his 1985 short film Prehistoric Beast, a sort of stop-motion calling card about dinosaurs. It's wonderfully alien; imagine if he and Walon Green had gotten together in the 1980s and shot Green's Dinosaur script this way. You have to watch it on YouTube, but it's just under 10 minutes long and well, well worth it.

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