Chris Barlow Puppets and Creatures LTD was tasked by the wonderful Puppet Director Toby Olie, to build the iconic Character No Face, for the live touring show of the Ghibli movie Spirited Away. Produced by the Toho Company.
No Face grows in size at numerous points in the show and becomes a huge ameabus eating form. So to achieve this we built a whole range of puppet components at different sizes and scale. Working closely to the film designs and Toby olie’s guidance, we built mulitple masks at different scales like hands and giant arms including big flexible jaws.
All these components were flown to Tokyo and pulled together with the costume designers work and inflatable components to create the giant No Face.
The show is touring Japan and will be broadcast on Hulu.
Chris Barlow Puppets and Creatures is a Ltd Company. I design, illustrate, sculpt and fabricate creating engaging characters for TV, film, theme parks, resorts and theatre. I have a performance background as both an actor and puppeteer. So when I develop characters and build puppets I always approach the project from the point of view of the performer. Due to this I strive to build characters that are engaging and believable, whilst making them a joy to perform. Allowing the puppeteer to get the maximum and most versatile performance out of them.
I have worked in puppets and creature FX for a number of years; spanning TV, Film, theatre and online mediums. Please do take a look through my galleries: puppets, Illustration, sculpture, Design or you can look over my experience to see some of the clients and projects I have worked on over the years. if your interested in any of my work please don’t hesitate to contact me.