I was wondering how the Cormoran puppet from Jack The Giant Killer was made.

Would the head have been wooden then covered with the latex face? It seems to be very different from a puppet like Kong where all you have to do is cover the foam body with fur.

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It may have been sculpted in clay, a plaster mould made, then cast in foam latex, like Harryhausen's Cyclops that it copied. I see what might be a trace of a seamline on the forearm, right where I would expect it if it is cast from a mould.  But it does have a smooth shiny look, like liquid latex build-up, so I'm not sure.  I believe it was made by Wah Chang.  

Jim Danforth says in his book that the 2 headed giant was first made by Marcel Delgado, but his construction method made it "too stiff for the armature to support" - that would have been build-up - so Wah Chang sculpted a new one and it was cast in foam latex.   He says Wah Chang also sculpted the sea monster in clay. I can't find any info on how Cormoran was made, so  either method is possible but I lean towards it being cast in a mould.

Either way, there would have been a metal ball-jointed armature inside.  It looks like Victor Delgado made some armatures for the production.

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There may have been more than one puppet reportedly though Jim Danforth claims there wasn't.   Also the many photos displayed really look like built-up puppet design to me.  There is also some talk of wires sticking out from the feet, so the armature may have been wire and not ball and socket.  Then again there may have been more that one puppet.  Examine the many photos and see what you think.

.. jbd

I always wondered why the Delgado design was scrapped. Since Delgado was the master of buid-up, I find it hard to believe that he would make a model too stiff to animate. Maybe that was the excuse Danforth and crew used because they did not like the look of the model. The test  made with the Delgado model looks ok (see link to test footage). Delgado was so upset that his model was torn down (and re-built or cast), he had his name removed from the credits of the film. Parts from one of the old Kong armatures were supposedly used to create Cormoran. I think maybe a finger or two if I am not mistaken. Delgado Model Test


StopmoNick said:

It may have been sculpted in clay, a plaster mould made, then cast in foam latex, like Harryhausen's Cyclops that it copied. I see what might be a trace of a seamline on the forearm, right where I would expect it if it is cast from a mould.  But it does have a smooth shiny look, like liquid latex build-up, so I'm not sure.  I believe it was made by Wah Chang.  

Jim Danforth says in his book that the 2 headed giant was first made by Marcel Delgado, but his construction method made it "too stiff for the armature to support" - that would have been build-up - so Wah Chang sculpted a new one and it was cast in foam latex.   He says Wah Chang also sculpted the sea monster in clay. I can't find any info on how Cormoran was made, so  either method is possible but I lean towards it being cast in a mould.

Either way, there would have been a metal ball-jointed armature inside.  It looks like Victor Delgado made some armatures for the production.

Well, watching that clip, the model does appear very stiff. Whether that was the animator, or the animator's limitation caused by the model, or both, is the question. I don't believe Jim animated that fight scene/test.  Also, Jim's comment about it being too stiff for the armature to support is telling. Apparently the armature was unable to reliably hold positions needed, due to the buildup procedure used on it.

Best,

Rick

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