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  • 30% OFF PROP RENTALS!

    <h1>MOVING SALE!</h1><p>We've landed in our new nest and are thrilled to be in Camarillo!</p><p>To celebrate, we are offering 30% off of our prop rentals.</p><p>To get it, use code: SUMMER2018 when checking out.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/tiger-4-of-18-.jpg"></p>

  • World Famous Tabasco "Mosquito" Superbowl Commercial

    <h1 style="text-align: center;">World Famous Tabasco "Mosquito" Commercial</h1><p>Do you remember this Superbowl commercial was shot by DDB Needham (Dallas) as a test using one of Animal Makers off-the-shelf rentals (<a href="http://animalmakers.com/mosquito/" target="_blank">Mosquito</a>).&nbsp; It was a fun spot, shot by Dick Buckley, that went viral for the brand.&nbsp; The mosquito immediately became an internet star.&nbsp; The commercial was heralded as one of the "<a href="https://www.eater.com/2017/2/3/14445944/best-super-bowl-commercials-food">The Best Superbowl Commercial of All Time</a>" by Eater.com&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.ddb.com/creative/reel/" target="_blank">DDB Needham</a> took&nbsp;<a href="https://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/texans-take-most-addys-aaf-show-22514/" target="_blank">best of show honors</a> for this commercial.</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rLpGy8pERRE" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>Learn More about this campaign at this link&nbsp;<a href="http://adage.com/article/news/tabasco-mosquito-explodes-web/5054/" target="_blank">AdAge</a>.</p>

  • Airborne Germ Guy Commercial

    <h1 style="text-align: center;">Airborne Germ Guy on an Airplane Commercial</h1><p>The creative special fx costume department at Animal Makers created this "Germ Guy" costume for Airborne and Incubator Films.&nbsp; This was one of the first appearances of live action commercial work for the now defunct brand.</p><p>Creating this costume was fun.&nbsp; The brand, unfortunately ended up losing a $23 million false advertising suit.&nbsp; The story was first revealed on an episode of ABC's "Good Morning America".&nbsp; Read about the lawsuit at this&nbsp;<a href="http://adage.com/article/news/airborne-settles-false-advertising-suit/125517/" target="_blank">AdWeek</a>.</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pDoG3gvE8Nc" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>

  • Sony Playstation "RATCHET DEADLOCKED" Commercial

    <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Robot Costumes for&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">TBWA\Chiat Day\Day and Incubator Films</span></h1><p>Jim Boulden and his team at Animal Makers helped design and completely created these lightweight, yet metallic looking costumes for the robots in this commercial shot in 2005</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5E77fu8iH3o" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>

  • Brutus Breaks 3,000,000 Views For One Video

    <h1><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">"School Gorilla" Breaks 3,000,000 views for Disney XD</span></span></h1><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lDfsZsa1EDY" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>Brutus surprises a new teacher at school in a hilarious prank for a show by Trevor Moore and Adam Small. &nbsp;The stars of this show, Cody Veith, Jillian Shea Spaeder, and Brandon Sevens tee up the prank so that the audience is in on the joke. &nbsp;Wonderfully shot and edited by Horizon Productions. &nbsp;</p><p>As of June 11, 2018 there are 3,341,638 views and over 10,000 likes on YouTube alone. &nbsp;These numbers don't include the viewership on Disney XD!</p><p>If your show could use some extra viewership, find out more about booking Brutus&nbsp;<a href="http://animalmakers.com/brutus-the-western-lowland-gorilla-costume/" target="_blank">HERE</a>.</p>

  • Animatronic Lion Replicas

    <script id="asp-embed-script" data-zindex="1000000" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="https://spark.adobe.com/page-embed.js"></script><a class="asp-embed-link" href="https://spark.adobe.com/page/jYydy3RTKV6ws/" target="_blank"><img src="https://spark.adobe.com/page/jYydy3RTKV6ws/embed.jpg?buster=1527183810533" alt="LION REPLICAS" style="width:100%" border="0" /></a>

  • 10,000 Visitors Rate the Bellagio Las Vegas Year of the Dog Display

    <h1><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/poodel-bellagio.jpg"></p></h1><h1><span style="font-size: 18px;">10,000 Visitors Rate the Bellagio's Year of the Dog Display on TripAdvisor&nbsp;</span></h1><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Way back in 2003, Animal Makers created it's first animal zodiak display for the Bellagio Las Vegas. &nbsp;It was the Chinese New Year of the Sheep. &nbsp;An oversized Golden Ram with gorgeous, long fleece was created and displayed atop a tall mountain right in the middle of the Conservatory.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">This year, Animal Makers once again helped the Bellagio celebrate the Year of the Dog. &nbsp;Creating 18 individual dog display items were created. &nbsp;The largest was an 18' tall Siberian Husky with an animatronic, wagging tail. &nbsp;The reviews are beginning to come in, and things look great. &nbsp;Here are a few screen grabs from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g45963-d625114-r555303419-Bellagio_Conservatory_Botanical_Garden-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a> filed by visitors in early February, 2018.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Almost 10,000 visitors (in just one month of the display opening) took the time to rate the display, and it seems to have done very well. &nbsp;Over 6,000 photographs were posted as well.</span></p><p>_____________________________________</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/tripadvisor-bellagio-dogs.png"></p><p>LINK:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g45963-d625114-r555303419-Bellagio_Conservatory_Botanical_Garden-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html">https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g45963...</a></p><p>Enjoy a 2018 Year of the Dog walk through available on YouTube;</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f41Xsjgb2Gk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>LINK:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f41Xsjgb2Gk">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f41Xsjgb2Gk</a></p>

  • MASKS for Live-Action Animal Characters

    <h2><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">When creating live-action animal characters for theater, film, TV, or Internet Content; the most important part is the face!</span></h2><hr> <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Once the face design is laid out, one must consider internal structure and performer comfort.</span></p><h3><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Finished Masks:</span></h3><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/bear-costume-dark-brown-head-and-neck-costume/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Bear Costume Dark Brown Head and Neck Costume</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/bear-brown-costume-head/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Bear Brown Costume Head</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/rabbit-mask/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Rabbit Mask</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/realistic-wolf-or-dog-mask-build-to-order/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Wolf or Dog Mask Build to Order</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/realistic-lion-mask/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Lion Mask</span></a></p><h3><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Ready to Finish Masks:</span></h3><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/billy-the-gorilla-rubber-latex-masks/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Billy the Gorilla Rubber Latex Masks</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/gorilla-mask-full-head/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Gorilla Mask Full Head</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/whole-head-realistic-cat-mask/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Realistic Cat Mask</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/whole-head-realistic-wolf-mask/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Realistic Wolf Mask</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/whole-head-realistic-lion-mask/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Realistic Lion Mask</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/whole-head-realistic-fox-mask/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Realistic Fox Mask</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/realistic-bear-flexible-mask-unfinished/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Bear Flexible Mask -unfinished</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/gorilla-mask-full-head/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Gorilla Mask Full Head</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/gorilla-female-adult-face-mask-unfinished/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Gorilla Female Adult Face Mask Unfinished</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/gorilla-face-mask-for-gorilla-suit-foam/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Gorilla Face Mask for Gorilla Suit Foam</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/realistic-goat-mask/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Goat Mask</span></a></p><h3><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Parts and Accessories to Mask Making:</span></h3><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="http://animalmakers.com/large-doggy-cam-rig/">Large Doggy Cam Rig</a> (For adding doggy noses to talent)</span></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/whole-head-fox-mask-second/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Fox Mask -Second</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/lion-mask-fur-pattern/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Lion Mask Fur Pattern</span></a></p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/realistic-wolf-dog-mask-pattern/"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Wolf Dog Mask Pattern</span></a></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">To help other artists, these thin-walled, super lightweight masks are now available and in stock.</span></p>

  • Awesome Horse Display Project Details

    <p>This life-sized horse display was created for The Bellagio Las Vegas in celebration of Year of the Horse (2014). All of the 5 elements are depicted.&nbsp;</p><p>The various horse positions were established with full steel frameworks, then high density foam construction over the frameworks, then a sealer coating.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/cny-horse-wip-8.jpg"></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/cny-horse-wip-21.jpg"></p><p>Original design by Master Yao.</p>

  • Tiger/Lion Art Package

    <h2><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">High Quality Realistic Tiger and Lion Art Production Sets</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Of interest to: Museums, Themed Entertainment Professionals, TV / Movie Props and Special FX</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Animal Makers is retiring this amazing&nbsp;<a href="http://animalmakers.com/realistic-tiger-art-production-package-set/">mold set</a> to the next generation of props and display personnel and companies. &nbsp;All of these mold sets are from original sculptures.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">This&nbsp;<a href="http://animalmakers.com/realistic-tiger-art-production-package-set/" target="_blank">Tiger Art Group</a> includes full scale tiger head, teeth, and paw mold sets and actual movie props as well.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Here's an awesome&nbsp;<a href="http://animalmakers.com/lion-art-production-set/" target="_blank">Lion Art Production Set</a>.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">The molds themselves are a part of history, and help to illustrate the process of mold making and mold running. &nbsp;We will assist with packaging and shipments as required.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><strong>Financing Available</strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><a href="mailto:info@animalmakers.com">Contact us</a> to find out more.</span></span></p><h5><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">REFERENCE LINK:</span></span></h5><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/realistic-tiger-art-production-package-set/" target="_blank">http://animalmakers.com/realistic-tiger-art-production-package-set/</a></p>

  • Economical Mini Bear Costume!

    <p>This&nbsp;<a href="http://animalmakers.com/bear-costume-dark-brown-head-and-neck-costume/" target="_blank">Brown Bear Costume</a> piece covers the performer's head and neck. &nbsp;There are individual&nbsp;<a href="http://animalmakers.com/brown-bear-paw-glove/">bear paws</a> also available, as well as&nbsp;<a href="http://animalmakers.com/fur-fabric-faux-amber-brown-bear-2-pile/">matching fur</a>. &nbsp;There is a helmet inside, that straps onto the actor's chin. &nbsp;The mouth can be opened manually and posed. &nbsp;A 3 day shoot with this costume is under $500! &nbsp;Easy to ship too!</p><p>Actors' sizes for this item range from 5'5" - 6'4".</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/brown-bear-3.jpg"></p><p>This bear can be presented all shaggy and unkept, or brushed out and clean! &nbsp;All artificial acrylic fur is the covering.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/brown-bear-2.jpg"></p>

  • Three Largest Animatronic Animal Figures We Ever Designed and Built

    <h1>In order from smaller to larger:</h1><h3>(3) 35' Animatronic Whale</h3><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/59X4pK1lCIU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>Rehearsals with a full scale, animated whale in video above. &nbsp;Jack creates the whale body in hard foam first.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/img-4734.jpg"></p><p>The tail was sculpted in clay, and then a mold was made of that huge sculpture.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/img-4519.jpg"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/whale-9252b-5461-31227.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"></p><hr> <h3>(2) 38' Animatronic Ancient Chinese Dragons</h3><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dragons-4994-01778-23236.jpg"></p><p>The classic red dragon. &nbsp;This one represents fire and is quite animated. &nbsp;The heads lift up and down, the tails wag, and the entire figure moves forward and back on a track. &nbsp;Eyes glow in various LED colors, which are programmed as well. &nbsp;Figure set up to become part of the Bellagio's DMX control system.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dragons-4994-1440-28880.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"></p><p>Looking under the hood, we find a lightweight, welded, aluminum frame with threaded head shell mounts. &nbsp;Plumbing for the smoke machine hose was incorporated at the front, just behind the nostrils.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dragons-4994-39668.jpg"></p><p>The face was sculpted and compared to ancient Chinese drawings.</p><hr> <h3>(1) 40' Animatronic Pink Bunny</h3><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dsc03073-1082.jpg"></p><p>Here's the biggest animated figure we've ever built! &nbsp;The figure is 40' tall and animated. &nbsp;This was built as a traveling attraction that was to be erected at various Wal-Mart and other box store locations. &nbsp;It all started with a model.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/size-1112.jpg"></p><p>Then we designed the visitor interface. &nbsp;This is the basic control housing, with a graphic sized and placed. &nbsp;Controlling buttons were placed at each of the moving areas. &nbsp;These areas included the neck, each of the arms, and a rotating battery in it's backpack.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/img-3580-75.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"></p><p>Here's a shot of the shoulder mechanism. &nbsp;There is a control box mounted in the middle.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dsc02694-313.jpg"></p>

  • Making Monkeys and Apes!

    <h1><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">MAKING MONKEYS &amp; APES!</span></h1><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Monkeys and apes are two of our favorite creatures to create. &nbsp;They are so expressive and interesting. &nbsp;In the past 35 years, we've made just about every monkey there is. &nbsp;Here are a few examples along with types of construction techniques.</span></p><h3><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">ANIMATED MONKEY PROPS</span></h3><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">This is an animated Langur Monkey that swings and animated all day long inside a convenience store in Canoga Park, CA. &nbsp;Here's a face close up:</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-langur-1.jpg" style="width: 559px;"></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Here is the frame build:</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><br></span></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-anim-frame-1.jpg"></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-langur-2.jpg"></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">The upper "hand" actually covers up the connection with the steel tubing running horizontally. &nbsp;This is a pneumatic figure with head, face, arm, and leg movements. &nbsp;There are no electronics inside, just those thin air lines. &nbsp;The air lines were disguised inside the long tail. &nbsp;This animated rig hangs from one arm, and was installed in 2008 and is operating still today.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-langur-3.jpg"></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><br></span></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-anim-frame-3.jpg"></p><hr><h3>POSING MONKEY PROPS</h3><p>Here we see whimsical "Golden Monkeys" designed and built for The Bellagio Las Vegas, &nbsp;These monkeys have bendable, aluminum armature inside to hold a pose. &nbsp;In these photos, we see these monkeys hanging in the bamboo, at the venue.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-golden-2.jpg" style="width: 564px;"></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-golden-3.jpg"></p><p>Weight is a big issue when building these figures. &nbsp;By keeping them light, they could hold just about any pose at all.</p><hr><p>CHIMPANZEE COSTUMES</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Of course, the first step is to do some research:</span></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/jim-live-chimp-3.jpg" style="width: 554px;"></p><p>Here is Jim playing with a live chimp.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-5.jpg" style="width: 552px;"></p><p>Then we pulled out the hand molds and started making feet, hands and heads with a latex skin and power-net backing.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-1.jpg" style="width: 551px;"></p><p>Here's the adult chimpanzee face. &nbsp;Animal Makers offers three sizes. &nbsp;This is the male adult. &nbsp;There is also the female adult and the youth versions to choose from.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-10.jpg" style="width: 549px;"></p><p>Painted highlights and lowlights are added to the skin areas. &nbsp;Hair is applied by punching method around the outside of the face and blended with the fake fur that comes up to around 2" away. &nbsp;The rubber parts created in the art department are blended with the fake fur pattern. &nbsp;The chest area shown below will get 2" of punched hair as well.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-6.jpg" style="width: 549px;"></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-7.jpg" style="width: 548px;"></p><p>Here we see final assembly and color being added.</p>

  • DIY Store Department

    <p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/diy-4-2017-b.png"></p><p>One of the most interesting sections of the Animal Makers store is the Do It Yourself section (<a href="http://animalmakers.com/do-it-yourself/" target="_blank">DIY</a>)! &nbsp;Choose from all sorts of exclusive items related to the building and performing of animal puppets, props and costumes.</p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/animatronics/" target="_blank">Animatronic&nbsp;parts</a> are now available.&nbsp;These custom machined parts have been pulled out of older puppets and rigs. &nbsp;Multiple sizes Cable and housing are two of the highlights.</p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/flex-forms/" target="_blank">Flex Forms</a>: are not taxidermy style forms at all. &nbsp;these are the kinds of forms you need when building for live events and film work. &nbsp;Many animals are available as latex skinned, urethane foam inside editions. &nbsp;These are easy to manipulate into the form you need for your project.</p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/flocking/">Flocking</a> for faces, legs, and paws is also available. &nbsp;We find it best to use three different lengths of flocking. &nbsp;The longest are like .032". &nbsp;That is the first coat. &nbsp;Second coat is shorter (.25"). &nbsp;The last filler coat of flocking is almost like sawdust (.015"). &nbsp;Most of the colors we offer are natural.</p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/furs-1/" target="_blank">Furs</a> from all over the world are stocked in our inventory. &nbsp;These are created from monofilament Acrylic with a non-stretch backing. &nbsp;We also stock some National Fiber Tech which includes a stretch backing.</p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/molds/">Molds</a> specially created for Hollywood's top studios are also available for either rental or sale. &nbsp;Why take the time to sculpt and cast a cat or dog, when you can rent a set of tooling that is ready to go?</p><p><a href="http://animalmakers.com/patterns/" target="_blank">Patterns</a> are available for creating many animals we offer here.</p><p>And of course, one of our customer's favorites is Close-Outs! &nbsp;</p>

  • Expressing Yourself As An Animal

    <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 24px;">"Show me the Tuna"</span></span></span></span></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; - Salem Saberhagen, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">As long as there have been groups of people, there have been stories told. &nbsp;Those stories have been told and retold over thousands of years. &nbsp;Always a character in these stories, is an animal or several. &nbsp;Sometimes as background characters, sometimes as prey, and sometimes with mythical properties.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">As a young person, I was drawn to the entertainment business. &nbsp;Loved "Lassie" and "Rin Tin Tin" so much, that I watched every movie and TV show which featured them. &nbsp;"Flipper" was filmed close to my home in Florida, and represented the coolest pet a kid could ever dream of!</span></span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Years later, as I pulled up an apple box to perform Salem Saberhagen on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it was clear that this is what I enjoyed the most. &nbsp;Performing, as a puppeteer, as a cat!</span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">What a great character! &nbsp;Here are a few scenes that were&nbsp;<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-40-greatest-things-ever-said-by-salem-the-cat?utm_term=.apzqvlD1D&amp;sub=1819136_638077" target="_blank">Buzzfeed's Favorites</a>.</span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/enhanced-buzz-23288-1350077062-13.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Performing on the Sabrina TV set was quite an experience. &nbsp;Production of a series is quite different work (and workers) than distribution. &nbsp;Distribution is more corporate. &nbsp;On the set, I worked with Executive Producer, &nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0780051?ref_=tt_ov_wr" target="_blank">Nell Scovell</a>, Series Director,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0357143/?ref_=ttfc_fc_dr1" target="_blank">Gary Halvorson</a>, Series Writer and Salem's voice,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0048169/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t2" target="_blank">Nick Bakay</a>, and fellow puppeteers, Mauri Bernstein,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0338423/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1" target="_blank">Jim Greenall</a>, and Thom Fountain to create this memorable cat character.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Salem performed well for "The Wonderful World of Disney" in several "Sabrina" made for TV movies, as well as lasting 7 full seasons on ABC.</span></span></p>