Producer/Director George Pal, he of low-budget sci-fi films, had actually been an animator early in his career, although that part of his life has been overshadowed by his later accomplishments as a film producer and director. “Pal’s Puppets” is a 1994 biographical documentary on Pal’s life as he became one of the pioneers of stopmotion animation with his “Puppetoon” shorts. His techniques would later go on to influence people such as Ray Harryhausen, Henry Selick, and Tim Burton. Pal has been credited as the father of ‘claymation’, an eccentric variety of stop-motion animation that is still with us today. Gumby is a prime example, as is also Celebrity Deathmatch. Brilliant even by today’s standards, Pal’s work needs to be seen to be believed, and a couple are embedded below. So take a trip back in time when one had to pay a dime in a movie theater to see these things.
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