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Stop-Motion Chicken

Stock #34028

A stop-motion chicken from one of the first GMTV commercials.

The chicken appears midway through the showreel as an elderly fowl who transforms into a multicoloured super chicken – the puppet was used as the ‘old man’ version of the rooster.

Stop motion is an animation technique used in movies where the camera is repeatedly stopped and started as the subjects are rearranged in a subtly different position, creating the impression of movement in inanimate objects like puppets.

With a hard plastic sphere as its centre, the puppet features an elongated piece of stiff wire as its neck. A cartoonish foam head is affixed to the wire, complete with bulging plastic eyes. The wings and legs consist of mechanical armatures with hinged joints for stop motion positioning, and hard pieces of wire to provide structure to non-moving parts. Foam has been used to cover the legs and body parts not covered with feathers. The main body has been covered with real chicken and bird feathers, with different sizes used for the tail, plumage and head. The left wing holds a resin walking cane.

Well-used during production, the puppet shows considerable signs of wear. The foam rubber has degraded around parts of the head, which is missing its original plumage. The wings, feet and legs are even further degraded – the neck covering is completely missing – and the rubber has become brittle over time in several areas. The bird’s plumage has lots a lot of its body and definition, with large missing patches exposing the plastic sphere of the main body. Metal parts and joints show through in several areas on the legs and wings, and some of the original mechanics can be seen inside the body.

Despite this wear, the chicken remains in fair condition and is a fascinating collector’s piece for fans of stop motion and animation.

Materials: Ferrous Metals, Feathers, Rubber, Silicone, Plastic, Electronic Components.

Item size - 12.6" x 12.6" x 9.84" (32cm x 32cm x 25cm)

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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