Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Digital Felix The Cat from the 1980s

I only discovered this recently while doing some research for PuppetVision: The Movie (see previous post)...did you know that Felix The Cat: The Movie was one of the first films to use motion capture technology to create a computer generated character?

This digital Felix head was performed by Eren Ozker (the primary female puppeteer during the first season of The Muppet Show) and is a pioneering example of digital puppetry. Felix The Cat: The Movie was made in Europe in 1987, which means that it predates even Waldo C. Graphic. "Digital Felix" might be the very first digital puppet to ever appear in a feature film!

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