About The Character Shop
Rick Lazzarini’s Character Shop (TCS) brings 22+ years quality experience to each project. We’ve created hundreds of extraordinary creatures for movies and commercials, earning a stellar reputation for excellent work at fair prices. TCS is a leader in the field of animatronics and puppetry. TCS is committed to give you every ounce of your money’s worth in every creation. Our technicians and artists bring together the skills of prosthetics, animatronics and precise, creative puppetry to produce a world of fantastic beings.
With an appreciation for designs in nature, Lazzarini and our team use synthetic materials & mechanical components to substitute for fur, hair, flesh, bones and muscle, or alien tissue. We custom make characters to satisfy client needs and keep them updated via a personalized website. We do everything from large scale creatures, puppets and art installations to delicate & realistic animatronic creations for film & commercial work.
TCS services include concept design, sculpting, fabrication & mechanizing, to bring our characters to life with the “best in the business” puppeteering and performances on set. Lazzarini has built and puppeteered creations from the miniature six inch replica of Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell for “Hook,” to life-sized elephants for “Operation Dumbo Drop”, all the way up to a beautiful 20 foot tall marionette for Mayflower Moving. Sometimes it feels like we’re working in a zoo, or a magical workshop.
The menagerie of animatronic animals we’ve created at The Character Shop include an animatronic salmon, a wild boar, gigantic raven, slithery snakes from a “Snakes on a Plane”, a realistic puma, a trio of hyenas, 40 singing white chickens, a sheep, turtles, apes, rats, a chipmunk, cows, water buffalo, a loon, dolphins, dogs, chimps, tortoises, a capuchin monkey, groundhog, and many, many more! We’ve got a customizable Military Grade Bomb-Retrieval Robot and a Mars Rover, too!
TCS has created characters that are recognized the world over for clients such as AT&T, Bank of America, Best Buy, Budweiser, Burger King, Coca Cola, Ford, Foster Farms, Mayflower Moving, Nintendo, Old Spice, Sony, Time Warner, and VISA. Our notable feature work includes “Five Year Engagement”, “Ghostbusters 2” and the 2016 “Ghostbusters”,“Snakes on a Plane”, “Operation Dumbo Drop”, “Willard” and “Mimic”, to name just a few. We deliver amazing results on time and on budget.
Our shop is ready to take on your next project and your next creation. Choose a leader. Choose The Character Shop.