Friday, July 30, 2010

The Tale of Despereaux maquettes and miniatures...

This is the final installment of all the wonderful costumes, props and models that were on display on my latest visit to Universal Studios Hollywood on June 21, 2010.

Today is the turn of the 2008 computer-animated feature film The Tale of Despereaux, featuring maquettes and miniatures used in the creation of the movie.

Maquettes from The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux maquette
The Tale of Despereaux unpainted maquettes
Most CGI (computer-generated imagery) animated characters start life as a sketch or small sculptures called 'maquettes'. The small model serves as a reference aid for the animator when creating a computer image of the character.

Despereaux character maquette
The Tale of Despereaux mouse modelThe Tale of Despereaux animation maquette
The adventurous mouse 'Despereaux Tilling' is voiced by Matthew Broderick.

Unpainted Roscuro maquette from The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux Roscuro maquette
'Roscuro' the rat is voiced by Dustin Hoffman.

Miggery Sow painted maquette from The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux Miggery Sow maquette
In the movie 'Princess Pea's' servant girl, 'Miggery Sow', is voiced by Tracey Ullman.

Unpainted Andre maquette from The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux Andre maquette
The Tale of Despereaux Andre maquette
Kevin Kline provides the voice for 'Chef Andre'.

The Tale of Despereaux movie poster
The Tale of Despereaux poster
In addition to the wonderful character maquettes, there were also a number of miniatures from the movie on display.

Mouse House miniature from The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux mouse house miniature

Pin Cushion Shelter miniature from The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux pin cushion shelter miniature

Jewelry Box miniature from The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux jewelry box miniature

Hat Models miniature from The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux hat miniatures
If you want to see more behind-the-scenes secrets from Universal Studios be sure to check out these other movie and TV costumes, props and models that were part of the recent exhibit.

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