Hi Guys,

I am new hear and fairly new to stop motion. I wanted to get some advice on something I tried to scan this website for but couldn't really find what I am looking for. I wanted to get some advice on how to construct a stuffed puppet that is similar to Tsuneo Goda, who created Domo. He is a Japanese stop motion artist who operates Dwarf Studio's in Japan. I wanted to make a stop motion about my 2 dogs in this particular style but cannot find information on how to put a stuffed puppet together. I think I understand what type of materials you would use, but its the actual structure for it that is confusing me. I tried googling it but it always showed examples of people just putting wire etc into stuffed animals which is not what I want, i would actually like to see if i could get a armature made etc but need to understand what i would need etc :)

Has anyone made one of these puppets before?

Any type of information o this would be great and appreciated 

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If I were to make a puppet like that I would build the armature (either wire or ball and socket would work) then add hard foam or balsa wood to the head, torso, and limbs so that you have hard blocks to grab onto while animating.  Fill in the gaps with clipped foam - something like upholstery foam would work.  To finish it off either sew the costume or glue it on depending on how you want the finish to look.

It seems like a pretty standard puppet, just make sure your materials are lightweight and that you have good tie-downs in the feet and possibly some rigging points where needed.

Wow thank you so much for the reply!! I really appreciate you taking the time to reply back!

Yeah i have done a little research and saw people using foam which I never thought you could use 

I would have to order a special armature from the UK as I am in Australia, and I don't know of anyone who makes them here who is contactable anymore. Im looking to get one bulky one and one slender type one for 2 different breeds of dogs :) 

Adam Taylor said:

If I were to make a puppet like that I would build the armature (either wire or ball and socket would work) then add hard foam or balsa wood to the head, torso, and limbs so that you have hard blocks to grab onto while animating.  Fill in the gaps with clipped foam - something like upholstery foam would work.  To finish it off either sew the costume or glue it on depending on how you want the finish to look.

It seems like a pretty standard puppet, just make sure your materials are lightweight and that you have good tie-downs in the feet and possibly some rigging points where needed.

How long is the animation going to be?  Is it going to be a natural style of animation on 1s ala Laika or 2s ala Aardman?  If you are going for 2s and the film isn't too long you can save a lot of money and make some wire armatures.  If you are going cartoony, wire is great there too.

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