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12th Dec '16 2:50:52 AM Dingbot
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* Proving that it's possible to dress up an animal and make it work, the banthas from ''Film/ANewHope'' were played by an elephant named Mardji draped with thick furs and a puppet head, and since they could only afford one elephant several scenes with more than one bantha were achieved through optical composing. In a few scenes the elephant's truck can be barely seen through the furs but it's otherwise a convincing illusion, though she apparently attempted to remove her costume several times during filming and caused a few outtakes. Averted with Yoda, who was initially conceived as being portrayed by a costumed monkey rather than a puppet.

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* Proving that it's possible to dress up an animal and make it work, the banthas from ''Film/ANewHope'' were played by an elephant named Mardji draped with thick furs and a puppet head, and since they could only afford one elephant several scenes with more than one bantha were achieved through optical composing. In a few scenes the elephant's truck trunk can be barely seen through the furs but it's otherwise a convincing illusion, though she apparently attempted to remove her costume several times during filming and caused a few outtakes. Averted with Yoda, who was initially conceived as being portrayed by a costumed monkey rather than a puppet.
17th Nov '16 2:10:07 AM GojiBiscuits
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* ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' features a giant octopus as a bonus monster on top of the two in the title. For the most part it was portrayed by a live octopus, but in a few shots it was replaced by a rubber model or a stop-motion model.

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* ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' features a giant octopus as a bonus secondary monster on top of the two in the title. title, who menaces the natives and explorers on Farou Island before Kong comes to the rescue. For the most part it was portrayed by a several live octopus, octopi, but in a few shots it was replaced by a rubber model puppet or a stop-motion model.
20th Oct '16 4:38:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 1960 adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld'' is notorious for this. Particularly when Creator/ClaudeRains identifies an iguana with plastic fins as a ''brontosaurus''. The most definitely not-fake alligator vs. monitor lizard battle shows one of the main reasons why this trope isn't used anymore. This is the last real use of this trope in the classic sense.

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* The 1960 adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld'' ''Literature/TheLostWorld1912'' is notorious for this. Particularly when Creator/ClaudeRains identifies an iguana with plastic fins as a ''brontosaurus''. The most definitely not-fake alligator vs. monitor lizard battle shows one of the main reasons why this trope isn't used anymore. This is the last real use of this trope in the classic sense.



* In ''King Dinosaur'' (from 1955) an iguana plays a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' (which, for some reason, lives on another planet). Hilariously, the ''biologist'' identifies the obvious iguana as a tyrannosaur! As well as throwing in ''One Million BC'' Stock Footage.

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* In ''King Dinosaur'' ''Film/KingDinosaur'' (from 1955) an iguana plays a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' (which, for some reason, lives on another planet). Hilariously, the ''biologist'' identifies the obvious iguana as a tyrannosaur! As well as throwing in ''One Million BC'' Stock Footage.



* ''The Land Unknown'' (1957) had two stegosauruses fighting each other which were obviously photographically enlarged monitor lizards.

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* ''The Land Unknown'' ''Film/TheLandUnknown'' (1957) had two stegosauruses fighting each other which were obviously photographically enlarged monitor lizards.
20th Oct '16 4:36:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in Creator/TimBurton's short film ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}''. The film opens with the projection of the protagonist's homemade film, on it, "dinosaurs" made of handkerchief sock puppets "fight" and then the "monster" appears: the protagonist's dog in a costume.
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* Parodied in Creator/TimBurton's short film ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}''. The film opens with the projection of the protagonist's homemade film, on it, "dinosaurs" made of handkerchief sock puppets "fight" and then the "monster" appears: the protagonist's dog in a costume.
28th Jun '16 10:10:39 AM Sharlee
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* There's one on the middle of the playfield for {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball, right next to the ''TyrannosaurusRex''.
* The "Pangea" table in ''VideoGame/EpicPinball'' prominently features a dinosaur that resembles an oversized alligator more than anything else.


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* There's one on the middle of the playfield for {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball, right next to the ''TyrannosaurusRex''.
* The "Pangea" table in ''VideoGame/EpicPinball'' prominently features a dinosaur that resembles an oversized alligator more than anything else.
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16th Jun '16 8:27:35 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Medieval and Renaissance depictions of Myth/SaintGeorge fighting the dragon frequently draw the dragon as a [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rogier_van_der_Weyden_-_Saint_George_and_the_Dragon.jpg large monitor lizard with wings]].
3rd Jun '16 3:51:22 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* ''Film/{{Film/One Million Years BC}}', the Harryhausen remake, generally avoided this (favoring stop-motion instead), although a real lizard and spider were thrown in around the beginning to liven things up (and as an homage to the original film which did employ it). A few critics complained that the ''Archelon'' scene used a real turtle, but it didn't; Harryhausen just made a really good model.

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* ''Film/{{Film/One Million Years BC}}', BC}}'', the Harryhausen remake, generally avoided this (favoring stop-motion instead), although a real lizard and spider were thrown in around the beginning to liven things up (and as an homage to the original film which did employ it). A few critics complained that the ''Archelon'' scene used a real turtle, but it didn't; Harryhausen just made a really good model.
23rd May '16 8:24:58 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Pandas also got this treatment; until one was brought back to Europe alive, they were believed to be the work of a joking taxidermist.

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** * Pandas also got this treatment; until one was brought back to Europe alive, they were believed to be the work of a joking taxidermist.
23rd May '16 8:24:15 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* The TropeNamer example (albeit by fans of the film), and the one where most of this footage comes from is ''One Million BC'' with Victor Mature and Carole Landis (remade by Ray Harryhausen and Charles Shneer as ''Film/{{Film/One Million Years BC}}'' featuring [[NubileSavage Raquel Welch]]). This film had a plethora of animals in makeup and/or visually enlarged to make them look monstrous. The image above is from this movie. Other examples from this film include an Elephant in fur as a Woolly Mammoth, a pig with glued on horns and a tail as a ''Triceratops'', Alligator with a Glued on Fin (enlarged), various enlarged lizards (monitors, iguana, skinks) as Dinosaurs, a snake and enlarged Coati (the coati eats the snake on screen) and an (enlarged) armadillo with rubber horns. It also featured a [[PeopleInRubberSuits Rubber Suit T-Rex]] which was NOT enlarged in any way. Yeah, it's SoBadItsGood.
** The Harryhausen movie generally avoided this (favoring stop-motion instead), although a real lizard and spider were thrown in around the beginning to liven things up (and as an homage to the original film which did employ it). A few critics complained that the ''Archelon'' scene used a real turtle, but it didn't; Harryhausen just made a really good model.
* The FX from this film got reused from the 1940s through the 1960s in such [[SarcasmMode well known]] films as: ''Tarzan's Desert Mystery'', ''Two Lost Worlds'', ''The Lost Volcano'', the American version of ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'', ''Jungle Manhunt'', ''Untamed Women'', ''Film/RobotMonster'', ''Film/KingDinosaur'', ''Film/TeenageCaveman'', ''Valley of the Dragons'', ''Journey to the Center of Time'', ''Horror of the Blood Monsters'' (the stock footage was tinted in color for this film), and the Mexican films ''Island of the Dinosaurs'' (''La Isla De Los Dinosaurios'') and ''Adventure at the Center of the Earth'' (''Aventura al Centro de la Tierra''). If you've seen much ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'', you've probably seen the footage in question a few times.

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* The TropeNamer example (albeit by fans of the film), and the one where most of this footage comes from is ''One Million BC'' with Victor Mature and Carole Landis (remade by Ray Harryhausen and Charles Shneer as ''Film/{{Film/One Million Years BC}}'' featuring [[NubileSavage Raquel Welch]]).Landis. This film had a plethora of animals in makeup and/or visually enlarged to make them look monstrous. The image above is from this movie. Other examples from this film include an Elephant in fur as a Woolly Mammoth, a pig with glued on horns and a tail as a ''Triceratops'', Alligator with a Glued on Fin (enlarged), various enlarged lizards (monitors, iguana, skinks) as Dinosaurs, a snake and enlarged Coati (the coati eats the snake on screen) and an (enlarged) armadillo with rubber horns. It also featured a [[PeopleInRubberSuits Rubber Suit T-Rex]] which was NOT enlarged in any way. Yeah, it's SoBadItsGood.
** The * ''Film/{{Film/One Million Years BC}}', the Harryhausen movie remake, generally avoided this (favoring stop-motion instead), although a real lizard and spider were thrown in around the beginning to liven things up (and as an homage to the original film which did employ it). A few critics complained that the ''Archelon'' scene used a real turtle, but it didn't; Harryhausen just made a really good model.
* The FX from this film got reused from the 1940s through the 1960s in such [[SarcasmMode well known]] films as: ''Tarzan's Desert Mystery'', ''Two Lost Worlds'', ''The Lost Volcano'', the American version of ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'', ''Jungle Manhunt'', ''Untamed Women'', ''Film/RobotMonster'', ''Film/KingDinosaur'', ''Film/TeenageCaveman'', ''Valley of the Dragons'', ''Journey to the Center of Time'', ''Horror of the Blood Monsters'' (the stock footage was tinted in color for this film), and the Mexican films ''Island of the Dinosaurs'' (''La Isla De Los Dinosaurios'') and ''Adventure at the Center of the Earth'' (''Aventura al Centro de la Tierra''). If you've seen much ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'', you've probably seen the footage in question a few times.



* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' used a striped hyena to pose as a werewolf. One can't help but wonder if using a dog was rejected for being too unrealistic.

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* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' used a striped hyena to pose as a werewolf. One can't help werewolf, which is pretty clever given that it's dog-like but wonder if using a dog was rejected for being too unrealistic.also alien to viewers in the 1920s.
15th Apr '16 12:02:30 PM Snicka
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* A fairly recent and surprisingly convincing example are the aurochs from ''Film/BeastsOfTheSouthernWild'', which are actual pigs wearing a makeup of fur and horns (nevermind the fact that the aurochs in RealLife were prehistoric cattle rather than pig-monsters).
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