John Nolan’s Animatronics

It’s a little sad, how the advent of CGI rendered much of the animatronics industry obsolete just when cinematic robotics were starting to get so intricate, so lifelike. But the technology retains its place, and under certain circumstances, there’s still a definite advantage to using animatronics instead of CGI or stop motion. Some truly badass robotic FX artists have continued to find plenty of work. Take British wunderkind John Nolan, for instance:

Squeee! Although a relative newcomer, Nolan’s already worked on everything from Hellboy to Where the Wild Things to Doctor Who to Harry Potter. You have to check out his entire show reel. Incredible stuff.

Via DJ Dead Billy, cheers!

5 Responses to “John Nolan’s Animatronics”

  1. Ben Morris Says:

    The image that opens this post conveys to me a terrifying combination of bewilderment and hunger.

  2. Dusty Says:

    Stunning. The banana was..Well…The banana was fuckin great.
    Also: I feel terrible-ish about past mousetrappings now.

  3. Eiríkr Says:

    Don’t forget the intricate and creative workings of the Henson clan! Considering that animatronics are essentially remote-control or automated puppets, we should also remember the amazing work that went into things like The Dark Crystal:

    And the how-did-they-do-that scene in Muppet Movie where Kermit is riding a bicycle:

  4. Mer Says:


    Well… yeah! Those movies are seminal, yes. They’re also twenty years old. The heyday of animatronics. I just wanted to give some quick props to a more current FX person. :)

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