I need to adopt one of these. Right now.
The titular werewolf in John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London isn’t exactly cute, per se, but artist Tom Spina was recently tasked by a mega fan of the movie to, well, make that hulking beast as adorable as possible. Spina, an artist who spends most of his time making and restoring movie props, was commissioned by a private collector to reimagine American Werewolf‘s monstrous beast as a baby were-pup; as he always does, Spina knocked it out of the park.
Via the Tom Spina Designs website:
A puppy version of one of our favorite movie costumes as a life size werewolf statue? That’s when we know for sure that our clients are THE BEST!
We jumped into this sculpture project and created a really cool and BIG puppy figure! The finished prop/doll has a ton of life and is both cute and creepy. You can almost hear him howl! The silicone wolf head sculpture is hyper-real, with hand punched hair, custom translucent resin teeth and custom eyes with amazing depth. The head fur comes from our good friends at National Fiber Technology, the top industry source for movie fx hair.
The body of the life size werewolf prop is a hand carved EPS foam piece, with silicone paws and resin claws to match the teeth. A lot of time was spent on this statue, to be sure we were paying a proper homage to the classic Rick Baker werewolf from the 1981 movie. This realistic silicone sculpture involved the creative efforts of many talented people, including: Steven Richter, Tom Spina, Michelle Nyree, Patrick Louie, and Melissa Dooley.
And of course, this project would never have come to be without the incredibly inspiring work by movie makeup FX legend, Rick Baker! Thank you Rick!!
Get ready to fall in love. Check out pics and a making-of video below!