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About The Dolls
The trigger-happy pint-sized stars of the movie, Chucky and Tiffany, are played by two very complex electro-mechanical state-of-the-art dolls

The trigger-happy pint-sized stars of the movie, Chucky and Tiffany, are played by two very complex electro-mechanical state-of-the-art dolls. Several months before production actually began on the film, Kevin Yagher and his team began building, fabricating, testing and rehearsing the creatures in Yagher's shop in Los Angeles. In order to bring the dolls to the eerily human state in which they appear on the big screen, numerous bodies and heads faces, each with distinct functions and abilities had to be built. For Chucky alone, nine different puppets were constructed including a 'hero' cable puppet capable of extensive movement including walking and crawling, two rod puppets, and six 'stunt' puppets, some of which were positionable and some which were just floppy.

Chucky's new playmate, Tiffany, exists in the same number of incarnations as Chucky, however the blonde bombshell presented the puppet builders with an additional challenge in that the technology that makes Chucky the cinematic marvel that he is had to be compressed substantially to fit into Tiffany's sleek and sexy frame. At only two and a 1/2 feet tall, the dolls have to be able to do everything a human does, which, in Tiffany's case, meant fitting a lot of servos into a very small area. The end result, explains Yagher, is a doll that's "even more sophisticated than Chucky because she's a tighter little package -- she has a smaller torso, head, arms -- we scaled everything way down without sacrificing any of the movement."

To enable the puppeteers to produce Chucky and Tiffany's realistic facial expressions, each doll can be fitted with one of three or, in Tiffany's case, four different servo-implanted animatronic heads. Chucky can be fitted with one of two neutral-expression heads or a screaming-expression head, and Tiffany with one of three neutral heads (one for the Bride doll, one for mean Tiffany and one for burnt Tiffany) as well as a screaming head for the more volatile moments in the femme fatale's life. Each of these heads are capable of dozens of expressions ranging from a cute smile to wistful sadness to extreme anger.

Bringing Chucky and Tiffany to life is a considerable undertaking which requires 16 people: seven puppeteers to manipulate each doll, a computer playback operator, and a puppet coordinator to act as liaison between the operators and the director. "Chucky and Tiffany are a little bit like Elvis in that they have a really enormous posse," offers executive producer Corey Sienega.

Three puppeteers are required to handle the movement of each doll's facial features which are relayed through the use of a radio-controlled transmitter: one puppeteer articulates the mouth, one the brows, and one the eyes. The puppeteer working the doll's mouth is also required to wear a head gear mechanism which, when the puppeteer moves his mouth, activates servos which move the doll's jaw. Explains Brock Winkless, the man behind the mouth of Chucky, "The voices of Chucky and Tiffany were pre-recorded by Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly before filming began. Their dialogue is played back and live mouth movements are then recorded by an animation playback system which can play back the doll's mouth movements on camera exactly the same way each and every take."

All of the dolls' other below-the-head movements are cable-operated by the rest of the puppeteers who sit in a crawlspace below the raised stage watching the action by way of monitors. They control Chucky and Tiffany's movements wit


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