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20 T-Rex puppets from The Beast of Hollow Mountain

Currency:USD Category:Memorabilia Start Price:20,000.00 USD Estimated At:20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD
20 T-Rex puppets from The Beast of Hollow Mountain
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20 T-Rex puppets from The Beast of Hollow Mountain. (Nassour Brothers, 1956) This incredible collection comprises 20 T-Rex puppets which were used in the famous “dinosaur attack” scene from The Beast of Hollow Mountain. A mixture of Western and dinosaur movie shot in color and widescreen, the movie was the first feature to use miniature rear projection in color to combine the replacement animation with live action and was praised for the realistic quality of the animation. In the closing minutes of the film, this ferocious beast appears attacking a woman and child. The animation sequence lasts nearly 20 minutes, with the creature rampaging and ripping the roof off of a building in its desire to eat them, only to be foiled by the hero who appears on horseback and saves them from certain doom. Legendary stop-motion animator Willis O’Brien wrote the story, but most of the animation work was apparently the work of California-born fine arts sculptor, Henry Lion (1900-1966). The puppets are constructed from fired clay/plaster and feature meticulously hand painted red mouths, white teeth and claws. Each puppet is individually sculpted in a variety of poses for use in the intricate replacement animation sequences with detailed musculature and reptilian skin. Some of the puppets have numbers handwritten on the bottom of the feet; others have number sequences engraved on the tails as reference for the animators. An incredible opportunity to own these artifacts from the golden years of replacement animation.