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Pacino the Wolf by Nectarine Pacino the Wolf by Nectarine
The making of the big bad wolf.....HUGE THANKS to ASH for making the teeth, PATRICK for cutting out and putting shit together so it doesn't fall apart, and John for lending me the use of the studio in shacklewell lane. Commissioned by Jay Green at Oakham School, leicester, England, Thanks for giving me such a cool job!

He's for an adaptation of Peter and the Wolf and other wolf related stories and folk law. Oakham school runs their drama department more like a proper theatre, they put on a lot of shows throughout the year and this ones even doing the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Pacino is a bunraku style puppet, needing three people to operate him to maximum potential. He has a moving mouth and lighted eyes, jointed legs, and wagging tail. From nose to tail tip he's 6ft long. Made from aluminum, MDF, plasterzote, fake fur, styrofoam and fibre glass resin. Ooo and Milliput teeth and claws.

Footage of Pacino in action [link]
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Ravenwing1313 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome
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akatsukiminato Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
OMG this is AWESOME!!!
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BethieDaBoo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Lovely work!
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spyderskiss2 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
HE is gorgeous. Great job all around

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TheMadFuzz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Again; AMAZING work! !
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SalmonRun Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Woah...this is the best wolf puppet i've ever seen!
Wish there were tutorials for puppets like these though, i've been looking EVERYWHERE for a wolf puppet tutorial, i haven't even found one. -_-

How long did he take to build?
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coolwolfbro Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME PUPPET!!
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LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I loved the video!
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midnightrayne91 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has to be one of... if not THEE most amazing thing I've seen. I adore wolves very much and this is just so amazing... I love everything and every detail! the video was darling and I love the song that went with it, simply a classic!
If I had the money, I'd pay big to own something like this <3 I love it, I love it, I love it!
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RekaCryistall Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so cool, and that video put a huge smile on my face; I love how they are interacting with Pacino. Fantastic alla round!!
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LycanProductions Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Impressive :)
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:iconarcticicewolf:
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He is way too cute for PATW!
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Mini-Wolfsbane Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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Noellisty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
This is really amazing for a Bunraku puppet. I'm so glad that I could find someone here on DA who loves these kinds of japanese puppets as much as I do:)
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FartSmasher Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Its amazing seeing him in action. I almost forgot about the guys controlling him.
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Invaderjade Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well detailed.
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:iconlenoranightfluffytai:
Awe sooooooo CUTE I want one!!!!!!
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cryptonikewolf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
nice :D it looks awesome.... the hard work looks very worth it ^-^
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HobbyFX Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW, nice work, well done guys :D
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OnJedone Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
wow!
This is just insanely awesome!
Watched the video and was completely mesmerized!

So cool! :D
Love it!! <3
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FreakMyLife Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw the video and THE MOVEMENT IS VERY REALISTIC! Ah tes Peter and The Wolf, i watched that in orchestra last year xD The puppet is well made and fantastic ^^ GREAT JOB!
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Abrayzonix1234 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
omg can u say alot of time to build
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soundofsilver Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wowww! O.O Hes adorable! =D
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Natasha-Oniisan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow...this is amazing!!! :D
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lionking4evar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
wow this is amazing! how long did did this take?
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lionking4evar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
and how much did it cost?
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MongooseDog- Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Very nice, I hope he lasts a long time!
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Ookani-Kun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME! Just watched the footage; Would love to see this guy in his debut on stage!
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HHS892 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
____ very beautiful!
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XantheWolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible! But I have to say, it was the footage of him in action that made me need to fave! Truly wonderful.
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ThoronWild Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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ekimflow Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
i saw a video on vimeo and said"wow that's great!"
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GirlWithHazelEyes Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
AWWW SO CUTE
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bumblefly Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
Astonishing! I really enjoyed seeing the clip of him in action - major props to the puppeteers. They have a very good feel for moving him well.
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MyWanderingMind Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
This is absolutely AWESOME
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Akumadeshitsujidesu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
ADORABLE!!!!!!! I thought it was someone in fursuit at first it's so cool!! I LOVE the video when he jumps up at that guy xD and they're all rubbing his belly and he's pawing at them haha xD
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ThoronWild Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
the is a vid can i have link plz!!!! ohh cool
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Akumadeshitsujidesu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
the video link is at the bottom of the discription it says 'See paccino the wolf in action [link]' and you just click it c:
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ThoronWild Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool thx
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Das-Mimi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
He's greatly smexy~! <3

I'd love to see him more in action~! :D By any chance, do you have any videos of him during the play? Or at least where to find them? :o
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional
this is exquisite
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Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woha!! What for a hige and realistic-looking wolf-puppet.
I already can imagine how it walks and do other cool stuff.
But also, that it´s pretty difficult to cooperate as a three-man-team. =D
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taureleafsilver Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is a beautiful puppet! You have great skill, I would love to see this guy in action!
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steeringfornorth Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Woooow...:jawdrop: he's gorgeous! :w00t: You have the *best* job! :nod:
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spinery Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
It would be really awesome if you posted some animated gifs of your creations in motion, or upload some videos to youtube or somewhere... The photos don't give them justice.
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:iconnectarine:
Nectarine Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
There's some footage of the His Dark Materials Puppets on youtube - [link]
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spinery Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Thanks a lot for the link!

The bear looks awesome, great mass description with those elastic elements... and the puppeteers of the smaller creatures are doing a great job manipulating them. The movements of the monkey are beyond my comprehension.

Initially, when I saw Hester, I had doubts how such a flat body would behave, but it looks very nice on stage.

I still wonder how Pacino's legs are solved, from what I reckon it's done with weight balancing, though I've never seen him move...

Also, if I may ask, what is the durability and repair potential of these?
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Nectarine Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Well as with all puppets, they need to be designed to take a degree of beating but they're not infallible.

The director informed me one of his legs came loose during a rehearsal, just a nut that had come unglued. easily fixed, new nut, new glue.

If someone was to grip a leg and snap it on ones knee you'd probably manage it, but if you look my leg with the intention of breaking it...you'd probably manage that to.

Warhorse and the Lionking have a whole department on call to maintain the puppets after each performance. I'm afraid puppets can't look after themselves as much as people do. As well as we may make them, they need constant maintenance.

Pacino is loosely jointed, he hangs like a dead body unless manipulated. If you lift a leg and let go it'll just flop down loose. I've believe the key to a good Bunraku style puppet is to have very loose joints that don't catch when you move them.
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Nectarine Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
And Ben who puppeteers the monkey is THE best puppeteer I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. The Monkey was designed by Nick Barnes and fabricated by Paul Vincett. He has a moving head and only one moving arm, the other is completely ridged attached to the body. The way Ben brings it to life you'd never guess!
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DarkMask Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow!
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