BRIDE OF CHUCKY
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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