From the terrific 2004 movie "Team America, World Police" is this background extra puppet. I believe that this was seen in the scenes in Panama, but it might be another South American country. The body is the same type of articulated doll-type body that the "stars" seem to made from. It will not stand on it's own, but the joints are fairly stiff, and it will stand if leaned against a wall, as shown here.
It could also go onto a stand, as was probably done for the movie. The slot in the back is hand cut, and was undoubtedly where the stand went.
The head is custom cast, and hand painted. The paint is matte, and has mottled just a tiny little bit. It's in overall very good condition, with no major condition issues.Props from Team America don't seem to come up very often anymore... Team America: World Police is a 2004 comedy film. And written by Parker, Matt Stone. All of whom are also known for the popular animated television series South Park. Starring Parker, Stone, Kristen Miller. The film is a satire of big-budget action films and their associated clichés. With particular humorous emphasis on the global implications of the politics of the United States. The title is derived from domestic and international political criticisms that the foreign policy of the United States.
Frequently and unilaterally tries to police the world. Team America follows the fictional titular paramilitary. Police force and their recruitment of a Broadway. Actor in an attempt to save the world from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.Who is leading a conspiracy of Islamic terrorists. Instead of live actors, the film uses a style of puppetry based on Supermarionation. Known for its use in the British TV series Thunderbirds. Although Stone and Parker were not fans of that show. The duo worked on the script with former South Park. Writer Brady for nearly two years. The film had a troubled time in production, with various problems regarding the marionettes. As well as the scheduling extremes of having the film come out in time.
In addition, the filmmakers fought with the Motion Picture Association of America. The film was cut by less than a minute and rated R for "graphic crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language all involving puppets". The film premiered at the Denver Film Festival.
On October 14, 2004, and was released theatrically in the United States the following day on October 15, 2004, by Paramount Pictures. Police force, eliminates a gang of terrorists in Paris. Accidentally destroying the Eiffel Tower. The team includes Lisa, an idealistic psychologist. Her love interest Carson; Sarah, a psychic.
Who is in love with Sarah; and Chris, a martial arts. Expert who harbors a phobia towards actors. Carson proposes to Lisa, but a terrorist shoots him dead as he is doing it. Team America leader Spottswoode brings Broadway. Actor Gary Johnston to Team America's base in Mount Rushmore.
And asks him to use his acting skills to infiltrate a terrorist cell. Unbeknownst to the team, North Korean. Dictator and gangster Kim Jong-il. Is supplying international terrorists with weapons of mass destruction.
Gary infiltrates a terrorist group in Cairo. The team is discovered and a chase ensues, with the team killing the terrorists. However, the city is left in ruins, drawing criticism from the Film Actors Guild. In the film, a union of liberal. Hollywood actors led by Alec Baldwin.At the base, Gary tells Lisa that, as a child, his acting talent caused his brother to be savagely killed by gorillas. While the two grow close and have sex, terrorists blow up the Panama Canal.
In retaliation for the Cairo operation, which the Film Actors Guild blame on Team America. Gary, feeling his acting talents have again resulted in innocent people dying, resigns from Team America. The remaining members depart for the Middle East. But are defeated and captured by North Korean forces while Michael Moore.
Blows up Team America's base in a suicide attack. In North Korea, Kim invites the Film Actors Guild and world leaders to a peace ceremony, planning to detonate a series of bombs around the globe while they are distracted. Gary is reminded of his responsibility by a speech from a drunken tramp. Returning to the team's base, he finds Spottswoode has survived the bomb attack.After regaining Spottswoode's trust by giving him a blowjob. And undergoing one-day training, Gary goes to North Korea, where he uses his acting skills to infiltrate the base and free the team, although Lisa is held hostage by Kim. The team are confronted by members of the Film Actors Guild and engage them in a fight in which most of the actors are killed.
After Gary uses his acting skills to save Chris from Susan Sarandon. Chris confesses to Gary that the reason he dislikes actors is because he was gang.By the cast of the musical Cats. When he was 19 years old. The team crash the peace ceremony and Gary goes on stage where he convinces the world's leaders to unite, using the tramp's speech. Alec Baldwin can't counter Gary's arguments, so Kim betrays and kills Baldwin, but is kicked over a balcony by Lisa and impaled on a Pickelhaube.
Exposing his true form as an enormous extraterrestrial cockroach. Which flees in a spaceship, promising to return. Gary and Lisa happily begin a relationship and the team reunites, preparing to fight the world's terrorists once again. As Gary Johnston / Joe Smith / Carson / Kim Jong-il./ Drunk in Bar / Liv Tyler. As Chris Roth / George Clooney. Chelsea Marguerite as French mother. Tony Urbano, and Greg Ballora as Lead puppeteers. The film also features a man dressed as a giant statue. With the difference in size with the marionettes played for humorous effect.
A poster of the Barbi Twins. Was featured on the billboard in Times Square, making the Twins the only non-marionettes in the film. The film's origins involve Parker and Stone watching Gerry.
When the duo saw the series, they recalled seeing it on television but were not fans. Parker found that the series was unable to hold his interest as a child because "the dialogue was so expository and slow, and it took itself really seriously". The duo inquired about the rights to the series and found out that Universal Studios. Was doing a Thunderbirds film. Jonathan Frakes is directing puppets?And then we found out it was a live-action version, and we were disappointed, said Parker. The two then read that The Day After Tomorrow. Due to a one-line pitch regarding global warming. Which Parker and Stone found hilarious and "insane". Parker recalled Stone running up to him during work at South Park holding the paper, who sat down and read the synopsis regarding "sudden global warming attacking the earth".
The two were in tears from laughing. The two got a copy of the script, and they soon realized that The Day After Tomorrow was the "greatest puppet script ever written". Originally intending to do a shot-for-shot puppet parody of The Day After Tomorrow , Parker and Stone were advised by their lawyers that there could be legal repercussions. The spoof would have been called The Day After the Day After Tomorrow , and been released a day later than The Day After Tomorrow.
News broke of the duo signing on to create the film on October 17, 2002, with Stone revealing that it would be a homage to Anderson. The news was confirmed in June 2003, with Variety. Quoting Stone as saying What we wanted was to do a send-up of these super important huge action movies that Jerry Bruckheimer.
Before production began, Team America was championed at Paramount Pictures. Who had been the executive producer for Parker and Stone's previous film, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. After the "hassle" of producing the South Park film, Parker and Stone had vowed never to create another movie.Other studio executives were initially unenthusiastic about the project: the studio was in favor of the film's lack of political correctness. But were confused by the use of puppets. The executives explained that they could not make profit from an R-rated puppet feature, and Parker countered that similar things had been said about the South Park film, an R-rated animated musical which had become a box-office hit. Who was co-president of Viacom. Paramount's parent company, also supported the film, feeling that Paramount should make more lower-budget films that appeal to children and young adults after the studio's failures with adult-oriented films such as The Stepford Wives. According to Parker and Stone, executives were finally won over after they saw the dailies. From the film's production. Parker, Stone, and longtime writing partner Pam Brady.
Spent nearly two years perfecting the Team America script. For influences, they studied scores of popular action and disaster films, such as Alien. The duo watched Pearl Harbor.
To get the nuances of the puppets just right when they were staring at each other, and also used Ben Affleck. To help shape the film's archetypal heroes (from the true believer to the reluctant hero to the guy who sells out his friends for greater glory), they read the books of Joseph Campbell.
"On one level, it's a big send-up, " Brady said. But on another, it's about foreign policy. The first draft of the script was turned in well before the Iraq War.
The film takes aim at various celebrities, many of whom came out in opposition to the Iraq War in 2003. Brady explained that the film's treatment of celebrities was derived from her annoyance at the screen time given to celebrities in the beginning of the Iraq War, in lieu of foreign policy experts. The film's central concept was easier to conceive than to execute. Team America was produced using a crew of about 200 people, which sometimes required four people at a time to manipulate a marionette.The duo were forced to constantly rewrite the film during production due to the limited nature of the puppets. The 270 puppet characters were created by the Chiodo Brothers. Who previously designed puppets for films such as Elf. The costumers of the crew were responsible for making sure the over 1,000 costumes remained in cohesive order and were realistic. Production began on May 23, 2004. The project was interrupted multiple times early on in production. As soon as filming began, Parker and Stone labored to find the right comic tone; the original script for the film contained many more jokes.
After shooting the very first scene, the two realized the jokes were not working, and that the humor instead came from the marionettes. "Puppets doing jokes is not funny, " Stone found. But when you see puppets doing melodrama, spitting up blood and talking about how they were raped as children, that's funny. Filming was done by three units shooting different parts at the same time.
Occasionally, the producers had up to five cameras set up to capture the scene. The film was mainly based on the 1982 cult classic action film Megaforce.
Of which Parker and Stone had been fans. Many ideas had been copied such as the flying motorcycle sequence. The film was painstakingly made realistic, which led to various shots being re-done throughout the process due to Parker and Stone's obsession with detail and craftsmanship. For example, a tiny Uzi.Although the filmmakers hired three dozen marionette operators, simple performances from the marionettes were nearly impossible; a simple shot such as a character drinking might take a half-day to complete successfully. Parker and Stone agreed during production of Team America that it was the hardest thing [they'd] ever done. Rather than rely on computer-generated special effects added in post-production, the filmmakers vied to capture every stunt live on film. Parker likened each shot to a complicated math problem.
The late September 2004 deadline for the film's completion. Took a toll on both filmmakers, as did various difficulties in working with puppets, with Stone, who described the film as "the worst time of [my] life, " resorting to coffee to work 20-hour days, and sleeping pills to go to bed. The film was barely completed in time for its October 15 release date. At a press junket in Los Angeles on October 5, journalists were only shown a 20-minute reel of highlights because there was no finished print. Many of the film's producers had not seen the entire film with the sound mix until the premiere.
It's a back-and-forth with the board. They said it can't be as many positions, so we cut out a couple of them. We love the golden shower, but I guess they said no to that.But I just love that they have to watch it. Seriously, can you imagine getting a videotape with just a close-up of a puppet asshole, and you have to watch it? On the clashes between him and Stone and the MPAA. Even before the scene's submission to the Motion Picture Association of America. Parker planned to "have fun" pushing the limits by throwing in the graphic sex scene. The original cut's minute-and-a-half sex scene with Gary and Lisa was cut down to 50 seconds. The original scene also featured the two puppets urinating and defecating on one another. Which was based on what children do humorously with dolls such as Barbie.
Parker contrasted the MPAA's reluctance for the sex scene to their acceptance of the violence: Meanwhile, we're taking other puppets and, you know, blowing their heads off, they're covered with blood and stuff, and the MPAA didn't have a word to say about that. In addition to the sex scene, the MPAA also objected to the scene in which the Hans Blix. Puppet is eaten by sharks. Stone and Parker had faced a similar conflict with their previous film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.Harry Gregson-Williams "Team America March". Main theme of the 2004 film Team America: World Police. The film's score was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. The soundtrack also contains Magic Carpet Ride. Battle Without Honor or Humanity. "Forbidden Bitter-Melon Dance" performed by Jeff Faustman, "Bu Dunyada Askindan Olmek" performed by Kubat, and songs by Trey Parker. Including "Everyone Has AIDS", "Freedom Isn't Free", "America, F Yeah", "America, FYeah (Bummer Remix)", "Derka Derk (Terrorist Theme)", "Only a Woman", "I'm So Ronery", "The End of an Act", "Montage" and "North Korean Melody". Individuals parodied in the film.
Famous people depicted as puppets, and lampooned, in the film include Michael Moore. Almost all of them are killed in gory and violent ways.
Both George Clooney and Matt Damon are said to be friends with Stone and Parker, and Clooney has stated that he would have been insulted had he not been included in the film. Damon is portrayed as a simpleton who can only say his own name. When asked about the film in 2016, Damon stated that he was confused by the portrayal, given that he was already known as both "a screenwriter and an actor":Reactions from those parodied were mixed; Baldwin found the project "so funny".
And expressed interest in lending his voice to his character. In a 2008 video interview with Time , Baldwin related how his daughter.S classmates would recite Kim Jong-il's line to him, You are useress to me, Arec Bardwin. Sean Penn, who is portrayed making outlandish claims about how happy and utopian Iraq. Was before Team America showed up, sent Parker and Stone an angry letter inviting them to tour Iraq with him, ending with the words "f you".
I was always bewildered by that, and I never talked to Trey and Matt about that. And incidentally, I believe those two are geniuses, and I don't use that word lightly. I think they are absolute geniuses, and what they've done is awesome and I'm a big fan of theirs, but I never quite understood that one. Stone and Parker had earlier stated in an interview that they were inspired to give the Damon character that personality only after seeing the puppet that was made for him, which "looked kind of mentally deficient". Never commented publicly about his depiction in Team America: World Police , although shortly after its release North Korea asked the Czech Republic to ban the film; the country refused saying that North Koreans had been rebuffed in their effort to undermine the Czech Republic's post-Communist-era freedom.
The filmmakers acknowledged this in a DVD. Extra and jokingly suggested he sing "I'm So Ronery".Michael Moore is depicted as a fat, hot dog. Who partakes in suicide bombing. And is referred to as a giant socialist. Stone explained the reason for this portrayal in an MSNBC. We have a very specific beef with Michael Moore, I did an interview, and he didn't mischaracterize me or anything I said in Bowling for Columbine. But what he did do was put this cartoon [titled "A Brief History of the United States of America", written by Moore, animated and directed by Harold Moss] right after me that made it look like we did that cartoon. (who is portrayed with a real-life hand replacing his head). The item "TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE Screen used movie prop Background Extra puppet" is in sale since Sunday, December 13, 2020. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Props\Originals". The seller is "vaudevillemannequins" and is located in Berkley, Michigan.
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