How Five Nights at Freddy's Brought Friendly Yet Frightening Vibes to Its Puppets

FNAF director Emma Tammi and Jim Henson Creature Shop's Robert Bennett
FNAF director Emma Tammi and Jim Henson Creature Shop's Robert Bennett

They did it, they really did it. The Freddy Fazbear Pizza band from Five Nights at Freddy’s has been made real, and of course Blumhouse got the Jim Henson Creature Shop to do it.

io9 sat down with Five Nights at Freddy’s director Emma Tammi and project supervisor and lead designer Robert Bennett to discuss the collaboration, which has fans excited to see the beloved video game characters come to life. “We have an amazing team at the Creature Shop,” said Bennett, who also worked on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. “The way that we initially started is we got the designs from [FNAF creator Scott Cawthon] and then we sat down with Emma and tried to figure out what these things needed to do—because that’s kind of a big part of building a character, is what does it need to do.”

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Tammi continued. “We did all of that practically, and then we sweetened some things in post a little bit. That was, I’ll say, as much as we really did. The whole approach of this movie and certainly with the animatronics was to do everything practically. There still ends up being a fantastic collaboration to be had with VFX artists, whether that be clean-up or enhancements. And all of our conversations with the VFX teams were also about how can we support it feeling looking practical. So we were really all in sync about that, which was an exciting collaboration.”

Watch Five Nights at Freddy’s in theaters and on Peacock October 27.

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