This character was made for the opening video sequence of McFly's live UK Tour. Our aim was to create a puppet that retained the visual identity of the existing plush toy, whilst ensuring this new puppet version was movable and could perform with ease. We also had to adapt the original bear image so that the final puppet version was able to display emotion and create impact on screen.
Starting with a quick sketch, we created a maquette in foam, in order to test the overall shapes and to allow the all-important sign-off from the client. The style of character is a typical 'hand and rod' puppet with mouth and arm movement. The limbs were designed to be removable to provide more versatile options for arm movement and direction. The nose and tongue were sculpted and cast in latex at our workshops and the eyes were also custom manufactured for the project. These carefully crafted elements enabled the bear to become more anthropomorphic and lifelike.
When we assembled all of the various elements of this bespoke puppet it was critical to regularly refer back to the original images supplied by the client, in order to ensure customer satisfaction. The end result is a professional puppet which is full of personality and extremely effective on film.
We very much enjoyed bringing McFly’s famous Pistola Bear to life and seeing the end product performing at Wembley Arena. The final film was directed and edited by David Spearing.