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Taxidermy in TV and Movies

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Allie, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. Allie

    Allie Active Member

    I've mentioned before that I think this should be a topic, so I'm going to start one. I've been doing a little research to see how my project is showing up on internet searches and ran across some great stuff. I imagine most of these have been mentioned somewhere on the forum at some point, but I'm hoping this will be a new home for all media that includes taxidermy in some fashion. I think it'll be a handy place to keep these references and someone will hopefully find it useful and entertaining.

    Over the past few years, I've learned that taxidermists are very aware, if not overly sensitive, of the way they are portrayed to the public. And many of them love to waste time on the internet! So let the fun begin...

    Here's an interesting, well-made short called Animal Control by Kire Paputts. It played at TIFF a few years ago (that's a very fantsy-pants film festival in Toronto, one of the biggins):

    I hadn't heard about this one, but then I don't have kids. We all know there are some hot taxidermists, many frequent this forum (I'm not talking about you, Michael P.). But there's one in this movie that could give the taxinet girls a run for their money. Of course, she gets several million dollars for each movie she's in. And probably the same for some 30 second commercials! She does look good in a snakeskin jumpsuit.

    There's a really great one about Frank Newmyer that has never been released, called Still Life.

    Someone posted this animated short here on the forum a while back. Le Taxidermiste. I love it!

    There's bound to be at least one more out sometime soon! 8)

    Please contribute more links and anecdotes to this thread if you can.
  2. Skywalker

    Skywalker Well-Known Member

    I had forgot about Le Taxidermiste. Gotta love those frogs!

  3. Todd B

    Todd B Active Member

    I had never seen that before. Pretty cool little animation.
  4. PA

    PA Well-Known Member

    A good friend of mine, Dave Schwendeman, used to keep track of every movie, every TV show, every commercial, every newspaper etc. where taxidermy was either shown or portrayed. That is almost a full time job for multiple people. Every day articles appear on taxidermy via the web and are posted on various Facebook pages and blogs. Just an example of two I saw this morning:


  5. Allie

    Allie Active Member

    I agree, PA. That's why I decided to leave out anything related to print, but I suppose this might be a good place to post that stuff, too. I think there's more things out there related to taxidermy, now, than just a decade ago. Taxidermy is riding a wave of popularity. And, there's a ton more content now than when we only had a handful of TV and cable stations and newspapers and less content providers. It's almost an overload.
  6. taxidermyfreak

    taxidermyfreak ***RIP DAD & JONNY***

    The movie THE LOST BOYS from the 80's
    the grandpa thats what he does and O MY GOD THE WORK LOOKS HORRIBLE LOL.... But a good movie ;) ;)
  7. txoutdoors

    txoutdoors Active Member

    Norman Bates- psycho
  8. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    Dinner For Schmucks ::)

  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I saw a movie were the grandmother, I think Shelly Winters, was a taxidermist. I can't think of the name.
  10. John Janelli

    John Janelli New Member

    Dan, for what it's worth, more than 10 years ago on March 9, 2005 taxidermy history was made when the TV show, History Channel / Modern Marvels aired the first professional TV interpretation of our industry. We were told it did for taxidermy what the movie Jeremiah Johnson did for the sport of muzzleloading. It helped create a world wide renewed appreciation for our icons, our work and our heritage as taxidermists.
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  11. http://www.ign.com/videos/2014/11/12/guardians-of-the-galaxy-secrets-of-the-collectors-lair
    Some fictional and real specimens, including (a cast of) warthog skull with carnivore mandible.

    This happens if you have open-air trophy room, and a crappy smelly mount (recently made judging by plot) which lures the vermin lol.
  12. Sonnyknight

    Sonnyknight Member

    I have always liked this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Adn2muhfyU

  13. Allie

    Allie Active Member

    I know NPR is taboo for some of those on taxinet, but today on Science Friday they are going to talk about taxidermy. I imagine you can also download the podcast. Their shows are usually pretty good and I try to tune in, if I'm not busy.

    Also, I recently saw a great documentary called "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-qiang" It's about a Chinese artist who is known for his work with fireworks, but he uses lots of different media, including taxidermy. You may be familiar with his piece "Head On", I think it's called, which has a bunch of wolves running into a glass wall. They are actually recreations, I think, made of sheep hides. He has done some other interesting pieces using taxidermy, they're all pretty allegorical, epic and dramatic. Anyway, the doc is about his quest to create his life-defining work, a ladder of fireworks to link the earth with space, so it was especially appealing to me. Highly recommended.
  14. A vintage pangolin at 1:26
  15. Why Him?
  16. Allie

    Allie Active Member

    Reviving this old thread, since some new movies about taxidermy are coming out.
    Stuffed premiered last night at the SXSW Film Festival, which is a pretty big deal. Many taxi.net forum members are in it. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
    Most of us know that taxidermy is now "hip", but a lot of millennials only appreciate it ironically or as folk art. Hopefully, they'll see these movies and learn about taxidermy's historic role in conservation/education and get a more nuanced understanding of the sport of hunting as it relates to taxidermy.
    Oh, and Big Fur will be premiering at the World Show. Details forthcoming.
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  17. wa

    wa Thanks John...this depicts me better

    very nice love it
  18. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    Z nation " collector", harry potter has a proffesor that does taxidermy
  19. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    fantastic trailer
  20. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    Thank You Allie,

    I'm looking forward to seeing Stuffed. Wonder where it will be available.
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