How did the puppet work?

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Postby ALF on Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:09 pm

Michu Meszaros's death still remains a mystery to me.

And also, the ALF puppet was operated b Paul Fusco and the crew.
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Postby melmacian56 on Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:51 pm

I don't wanna go way off topic here...but I just wanna throw it out there that according to the internet, Michu Meszaros is still alive.
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Postby ALFanatic on Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:34 am

Although "off Topic", recent posts concerning "Michu Meszaros" possibly should be moved into new Topic initiated by Admin.

Since last film credits for "Michu Meszaros" date back to 1993, current status of the actor in question; however, "Google" search did not reveal any information noting the death of "Michu Meszaros".

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Postby Jessica on Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:29 am

But if we can get back to ALF worked, there's something. Fusco controlled him, but with what? and how did they make ALF stand when Michu wasn't on set?
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Postby ALF on Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:55 pm

Yeah, and how did they make him move his mouth, eyelids, snout, ears, and eyebrows? It seems to me that that new gorilla-ape thing at Sharper Image is just a radio controlled version of ALF (except it doesn't look as good)! :lol:
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Postby Jessica on Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:44 am

ALF wrote:Yeah, and how did they make him move his mouth, eyelids, snout, ears, and eyebrows? It seems to me that that new gorilla-ape thing at Sharper Image is just a radio controlled version of ALF (except it doesn't look as good)! :lol:


Yeah I have wondered that too, how did they control the mouth?
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Postby Gordo on Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:10 am

The mouth is just moved by hand. The ears were anamatronic.
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Postby Jessica on Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:25 pm

The ALF worked for a few years ago. If they made new episodes, would he still work? I think so, but is he in Fusco's house now?
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Postby Admin on Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:04 pm

I think so, but is he in Fusco's house now?

To be honest, I really don't think anyone knows...it appears to be a "minor mystery".
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Postby Jessica on Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:40 pm

OK, but that's what I read somewhere.^^
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Postby ALFanatic on Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:47 pm

If I ever find enough time, I'll search through my ALF collection. Possible both the ALF and Ralph (stand-in) puppets could be here somewhere. HA!!!!!!!!!

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Postby Jessica on Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:08 am

ALFanatic wrote:If I ever find enough time, I'll search through my ALF collection. Possible both the ALF and Ralph (stand-in) puppets could be here somewhere. HA!!!!!!!!!

Mike


Wow, cool :)
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Re: How did the puppet work?

Postby MR. Littwack on Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:30 pm

I haven't been on here in quite a while. Just checked in and was hoping that maybe the infamous video had been posted. No luck yet. Oh, well. Any theories anyone? the still pics that are posted a few posts back shed a little light on the mystery. I think my original theory must be close but I still for the life of me can't figure how they made ALF appear to "walk" so fluidly in unscripted moments. From the way it looks in the pics, it would seem the 2 people operating the puppet (my guess is still that the 3rd person operated the eyes and ears via remote control) would bump into one another when moving. On top of that, there really is not a lot of room inside the puppet (at least it looks that way) how did two people even fit that way? Any ideas? Anyone?
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Re: How did the puppet work?

Postby Gordo on Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:47 pm

The puppet was lifted above their heads and the set raised. The way the walking is done is that theyre sitting on a kinda slow moving platform on wheels, like in a camera tracking shot.
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Re: How did the puppet work?

Postby MR. Littwack on Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:14 am

That makes sense Gordo. Is that a theory? Or have you heard that confirmed? I mean it wouldn't be a problem for most shots I would think sense ALF usually stayed pretty stationary, but they did quite often have him move into the scene. A dolly or rail system would seem to make sense.
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Re: How did the puppet work?

Postby Gordo on Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:07 pm

MR. Littwack wrote:That makes sense Gordo. Is that a theory? Or have you heard that confirmed? I mean it wouldn't be a problem for most shots I would think sense ALF usually stayed pretty stationary, but they did quite often have him move into the scene. A dolly or rail system would seem to make sense.


That's just the way its done in the puppetry industry, but yes the cast have confirmed the set was raised, etc. The people behind ALF did some pretty revolutionary things tho in terms of what was possible at the time
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Re: How did the puppet work?

Postby Dukeboy320 on Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:26 pm

ALFS REAL NOT A PUPPET! :twisted: :!:
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Re: How did the puppet work?

Postby jennygirl1011 on Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:39 am

Did anyone ever consder that ALF really is like a romote controlled thing. I mean yes he may be a puppet but stuff like the walking and eyelids may be controlled by a remote. I may be right I may be wrong I might even be completely wrong but no one has said this idea yet so I thought I might post it
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Re: How did the puppet work?

Postby ALFanatic on Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:27 am

Perhaps all details concerning the workings of the puppet are unknown, and have never been revealed, because the entire "puppet scenario" was a conspiracy masterminded by ALF to conceal his true identity as a "real" alien.

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Re: How did the puppet work?

Postby ALF on Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:31 pm

Ha! :lol:
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