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Animal Makers has been serving the entertainment industry since 1979. In that time, we have developed many beautiful methods and technologies to accomplish the creation of realistic animal replicas that move. More than just standing in place, these animals can actually take direction and perform as instructed. 

Founder, Jim Boulden, started by selling original animal art for store displays and personal collections in 1979. This animal replica technique has developed to be quite realistic. 

Back in the beginning, retail store owners requested less realism, as some of their customers thought the work was taxidermy. Instead, Jim upped the ante and went after film and television work. In 1985, Bruce Hendricks (Production Manager on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" series) awarded Jim's first film work for "The World's Richest Cat" (1986).  Larry Hagman was the voice for Palmer the Cat, and Jim made the cat props. Since then, Bruce's films have booked other shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean "Black Pearl," 2003.

This unique brand of special fx has gone on to appear in 2015's blockbuster tv series, "ZOO" (starring James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, and Nonso Anozie) and "Wrecked" (a "LOST" parody starring Ginger Gonzaga, Ally Maki, Nicholas Alexander, 2016). Of course, our work also appeared in "LOST" (starring Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia 2005-2010).

Fans come to see our displays at The Bellagio Las Vegas.  Celebrating the Chinese New Years with animated, animal displays.

In 2020, TV and Internet viewers can see our animatronic peacock performing for the new streaming service, Peacock TV from NBC.


3991 Camino Ranchero, Camarillo, CA  93012  (805) 384-3300


Jim and his teams have been a part of approximately 4,000 different filmed and live entertainment projects.  Highlights include: Nip/Tuck, Signs, The Scorpion King, Cellular, The Burning Plain, White Chicks, Scrubs, and many more.


Animal Makers past work infomation links are here along with a handy info request form.  For up-to-date goings on, check our Facebook page.


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