I was lucky enough to take the skills and fitness acquired through several years work as an acrobat, juggler and magician, and re-apply them to a new and exciting field - animatronic puppets.

Animatronics were still being done the hard way (often several puppeteers would operate a single creature).

Technical advance means that a lot of this work can now be done by one (computer assisted) operator, or can even be done purely as cgi.

All the films I worked on were experimenting with what were state-of-the-art methods at the time.

To hear how I got into film work, go to Habidabad's Dark Crystal website (now in the Internet Archive) and read an extended interview, mainly about The Dark Crystal, but also touching on my later film work. You can also find other pages of material on this site: other online interviews focused on Jabba.

(The Alchemist, but also a Garthim, and the right-hand for several of Jim Henson's characters - Jen, the Ritual Master, etc. Also various background characters and effects).

(Jabba the Hutt - left hand, tongue, head and body)

go here (or to the interviews) for more details of the work involved, and my current activities springing from those fifteen minutes of infamy.

(Animatronic wolf and transformations)

Labyrinth (1986)

(Firey #1, Junk woman's eyes, Goblins, etc)

Firey #1 with Kevin Clash (head and lip synch) and David Barclay (hands and arms).

I did the body and legs...

(leaves and tendrils for Audrey II)

Puppet Crew

Ian Tregonning; TobyPhilpott; Christopher Leith (bottom row) Geoff Felix, David Barclay, Mike Quinn

I have not been able to attribute copyright to every photo I found on the web, but I welcome any corrections: Dark Crystal and Labyrinth were copyright Henson Associates, Inc; Roger Rabbit and all related items are copyright of The Walt Disney Company and Amblin Pictures; Return of the Jedi ©1983, 2000 Lucasfilm Ltd

Email me about any of my film stuff at

and I'll get back to you as soon as I can

(Unless I'm in a REALLY bad mood...ho ho ho)

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