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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I kinda dig ED-209, but that’s to be expected. Who doesn’t love ED-209, with all his pig squeals, glitches that result in a bloody mess that was once a big business executive and just straight up badass design? Probably hippie commies, that’s who.

I also have quite the appreciation for one Mr. Phil Tippett who pioneered Go-Motion, which was an extension of the stop motion process. Much like the effects luminaries of old did for him, Tippett made a massive impression on my childhood, whether it was bringing to life the AT-ATs in Empire or Vermithrax in Dragonslayer or ED-209 in RoboCop. My childhood viewing material also included titles like Howard the Duck, Temple of Doom, Star Wars and Willow, all with Mr. Tippett’s unique touch.

So, I’m proud to present today’s pic, which has Phil Tippett checking out the life-sized ED-209. Click to embiggen!



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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is a digger.

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  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Anything Tippett does/has done

    by Kammich

    Is GOLD.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    ehmmm yes, nice...

    by manuehl

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by RoyBattysBatter

    Still the nuts that film

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    but true, tippett is a bloody genius

    by manuehl

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I would kill to have that!

    by Ryan

    I would place it so it would be the first thing someone would encounter when entering my house and just scare the shit out of them. Ah, one can dream.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I'd Buy that for a Dollar!

    by aphextwin

    1987 Robocop is one of the very few movies which AICN posters share the same opinion, that this is a great movie...which it is

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Bitches leave.


    In memory of an old friend.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    what exactly is 'go motion'?

    by SmokingRobot

    Is it just a fancy name for stop motion photography like 'filmed in DYNAMATION!'?

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park tomorrow?

    by ShiftyEyedDog

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Go motion

    by Quint

    Go motion is an extension of stop-motion, using that technique, but moving the puppet while the frame is taken instead of the image being taken when it's perfectly still. That adds a motion blur to the animation. In short it just makes for a more realistic movement on screen.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by Grace_Panda

    they move the puppet using rods while the shutter on the camera is open; this produces motion blur which you don't get with regular stop-motion.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Dead or alive you are coming with me.

    by DarthBodie

    Horror, SciFi, Dark Comedy and allegory, all in one. Genius! Love this film!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Anybody playing Deus Ex?

    by photoboy

    It's got some great references to Robocop and Blade Runner.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Dead or alive you are coming with me.

    by DarthBodie

    Horror, SciFi, Dark Comedy and allegory, all in one. Genius! Love this film!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Dead or alive you are coming with me.

    by DarthBodie

    Horror, SciFi, Dark Comedy and allegory, all in one. Genius! Love this film!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    George Lucas should just released a 'tweaked' Howard The Duck on Blu-Ray!

    by space doughnut

    instead of messing with SW all the time

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Bitches leave

    by Mr Soze

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    You are illegally parked on private property.

    by BeanGrud

    I'd love to have that sitting in my front yard.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    I know it might require you to read more than the first sentence, but the info you seek is in there, I promise. Plus, how do you not know what the movie is just on the headline?!?

  • Ah, you know I'm only kidding. This is a great shot of fantastic work on an all-time brilliant film. It's too bleak and despair-filled for me to watch it much, but it's utterly fantastic.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Really aicnmscott?

    by nomihs

    Quint doesn't need to stop acting like we know what he's talking about...because we KNOW what he's talking about. Is this your second or third time to this site? I may not have an extensive (pre-1980's) knowledge of movies, but c'mon man...know your geeky, sci-fi/action shit like a good boy.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    out ofThat dude from ER/FAME coming out of the toxic waste...

    by Zombieflicker

    then exploding on that incoming care. Classic! What was the name of that car? Luxoflux, Luxosux?

  • Just kidding, again. I wish more people expected that; it would make the world feel less like it was plunging headlong into a sea of idiocy. If aicn and the like read that all-important paragraph and get turned on to great stuff like Dragonslayer and Willow, it will be worth it.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    screwed up subject above. Should start with: That dude

    by Zombieflicker

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Better do what he says...

    by Essemtee

    That guy who got shot to bits by ED-209 got shot to even *more* bits in the longer, unedited version. Oh, and ED doesn't do stairs. His toes wiggle, he steps out, but nope, he goes a-tumblin' down. That's what happens when you're designed to walk like a chicken.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Can you fly, Bobby?

    by MrWug

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I WANT IT !!!!

    by KilliK

    holy crap,that life size ed209 is simply sweet.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    The 600SUX! Still got the factory sticker on it!

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    How Many People Actually "Clicked" Withing 20 Seconds?

    by Kevin Rubio

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Looks like Eric Stoltz in Mask.

    by Knobules

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    @landosmoustache, I love me my Robocop, but 2?

    by welcometothepartypal

    You really liked it? Tell me why and maybe I'll revisit it. Only the first one exists in this....uh office(I'm at work)

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    SDB does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    And that is sad.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by NeonFrisbee

    Robocop is easily in my top ten favorite movies ever. One of the best and most hilarious satires of outta control, self-destructive, American uber-capitalism EVER. Plus, it's ultra-violent and transgressive to boot! What happened to this kind of ballsy, hilarious, uncompromising cinema that doubles as a popcorn movie?? It's absolutely brilliant. Come back to us, Verhoeven! Make another crazy sci-fi satire! We need you! the world needs you!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Actually it's 6000 SUX not 600

    by KilliK

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Your move, creep.

    by PorkChopXpress

  • Got the McFarlane 12in. figure pointing at my head behind me, yeah I love this movie, won't get the Blu until they make a better quality version.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    D'you mind if I zip this up?

    by Ford_Fairlane

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Fuck I want that ED-209 model for my apartment!

    by Rob

    That's my motherfucking guard dog right there!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Robocop has it all

    by Roninf5

    Not only does Robocop have ultra-volience, biting social commentary

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Where is the edit button?

    by Roninf5

    Not only does Robocop have plenty of ultra-violence, biting social commentary, and a wicked sense of humor it also has tons of heart. Check this out-

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Where's my HARD R Robocop sequel?

    by Ricardo

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Can ANYONE imagine Kershner directing Robocop 2?

    by Ricardo

    That homely old man right next to the camera while that 12 year old kid sniffs coke and shoots a gun?

  • 1. The cop at the station named Alex Murphy 2. Adam being a former cop who got killed and was subsequently rebuilt as a cyborg 3. The montage of him being rebuilt was very Robocop-like 4. The aug killing biochip reeked of Directive 4 5. Much of the game took place in Detroit. 6. One of the police mechs, though painted differently, had a sort of ED209 profile and design. Even the art direction felt like Robocop with a twist of Blade Runner. These devs really loved their Robocop. =)

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    buckwheat, you want to know where my dick is? Ask your girlfriend, she's been playing hide the sausage all day.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    buckwheat, so I was porking your girl earlier when we heard your car pulling up. I told her she had 20 seconds to comply so she got down on her knees and swallowed the whole load down. Then while I went out the window she went and gave you a welcome home kiss with that mouth.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    One of the funniest movies of all time!

    by fustfick

    Robocop truly is a masterpiece. Miguel Ferrer's coked-up executive asshole is one of my favorite characters ever...that he manages to illicit such simpathy from the audience (at least me) while getting his kneecaps blown off is nothing short of a miracle. And all of the sequels suck. In fact, its almost amazing just how much those sequels suck.

  • Bitches leave!

  • Robocop is one of the greatest Sci-Fi/action movies ever made. It was actually pretty prophetic about the future as well. In comparison to the awesomeness of the original, Robocop 2 is quite possibly one of the worst sequels ever made.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    This Lone Star is for you

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    Since I'm here My son is now prone to say GET HIM A BODY BAG!!! since watching KK last weekend.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Don't touch me, man!!!

    by HapaPapa72

    My cousin(actually named Emil!) used to do the mutated and melting Emil walk. Some funny shit.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Tippett is indeed a genius

    by tbrosz

    When CGI came into its own, Tippett could have been looking at the end of his career. Instead, he dove into the technology, adapted his own stop-motion armatures into CGI inputs, and called on his extensive animation experience to greatly enhance the CGI output of movies like Jurassic Park. And now Tippett has CGI hanging on his belt. You go Phil!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Tippet looks like the kid in MASK in this pic.

    by planetran_fan

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Murphy... I'm a mess...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    They'll fix you. They fix everything

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Something I always loved...

    by catlettuce4

    I think it's clever how they had this jerky animated puppet robot ED-209 as an element in the film's reality, but then there's that great moment where a scene just cuts to a similar jerky animated puppet dinosaur rampaging around... "wtf?" But it turns out to just be the 6000 SUX car commercial... great little visual joke!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by PatientZer0

    Robocop, Phil, ED 209, everything. Thanks a damned million, Quint. Stay out of -trouble.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by PatientZer0

    rsanta's right on...He was badASS as Boddicker. Ice cold that dude was. He has so many great line deliveries in that, I quote that character a lot!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    One time... I even called him an asshole.

    by Lashlarue

    But there was always respect.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake.

    by Lashlarue

    Now, it's time to erase that mistake.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Nice shooting, son. What's your name?

    by Lashlarue


  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Theres more hair...

    by diseptikon

    down there! I didnt get this when I was a kid.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Bitches Leave

    by corplhicks

    great movie !

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Give the man a hand!!

    by banditmania

    Does it hurt?

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Ed-209, Quint

    by Cheif Brody

    Made my day. Awesome design and talent in that pic!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by cinematt

    Come on, Sal! The Tigers are playin...(pound table)tonight! I never miss a game!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    "as loyal as a puppy" my @$$!

  • "there's more hair....down there!" Then Murphy shows up shortly and shoots the guy in the shlong and presumably testicles. Classic.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by Bramton1

    to the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    aicnmscott... also just read the article?

    by MurderMostFowl

    There's only a finite number of articles on the site. Some of the reviews/articles for the dumbest movies have been some of the best TBs in AICN history

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    TIPPETT didn't animate anything in TEMPLE OF DOOM

    by justmyluck

    AFAIK he was an advisor, and Tom St. Amand did the bulk of the mine's railcar figures along with a few other techs.

  • ... the ED-209 and MKII (from Robocop II) were done especially well considering the small size.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    SDB, you legend! Good to see you back (a cameo appearance?), and glad to hear that Young Demon Bag has been indoctrinated in the ways of KARATE KID. Be strong Daniel!

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Imagine having that glorious fucker in your hallways

    by steve

    Geek heaven.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    yeah the 6000 SUX was a jab at the Pontiac 6000

    by MRJONZ72

    Which was the main competitor of the Ford Tauras back then..of course all the police cars i the movie were Ford Taurases

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    A Great Mind


    to fill that giant skull.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Robocop 2 still stinks as it did on opening day in 1990.

    by ZodNotGod

    Phil Tippet, great talent, ugliest monster alive! He looks like the hairy kid from "Land of the Lost" on 'roids.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Robocop is still fantastic!

    by ZodNotGod

    The best non-superhero, superhero film alive!

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Bitches Leave.

    by ZodNotGod

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I wish that Paul Verhoeven could have made a film with H.R. Giger

    by successor

    <p>Imagine how amazing it would be to have those two working together.</p> <p>And Robocop is amazing. One of the best modern science fiction films.</p>

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Too bad there's no SFX to fix

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    That hairline...shit man...time to rogaine that motherfucker. Get some monoxidyl or somethin'

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    ED209 is way cooler than the Kane robot from Robocop 2

    by lv_426

    Although, Kane-bot was still pretty cool. That cyborg Yakuza dude from Robocop 3 was hilarious though. Back to ED209... I love how right after he blows away the wimpy executive dude in the boardroom, that everyone acts like it was really no big deal. In real life people would be barfing and shitting themselves, and the old man CEO probably would have had a multiple heart attack, but no, in Verhoeven's cracked up fictional world they all seem like it is just a natural work hazard.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Actually it's Dick Jones & the Old Man...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...who don't seem to give a rats ass. The Old Man turns to Dick and says 'I'm very disappointed, Dick.' To which Dick replies, 'It's just a glitch.' The office peons run around screaming. My favorite part is when someone yells 'Don't touch him! Don't touch him!', as if anyone could do anything for that poor bastard at that point. So fucked up - I love it!

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Dr Macnamara trying to rip the wires out of the control board.

    by UltraTron

    After the smoke clears and Kenny is a pile of goo he finally gets those circuits out

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Hey, I shot this still!

    by blocktek

    Craig Davies (now Hayes), the guy that designed ED209, was a good friend back then. He hired me to shoot stills of the construction process on the full sized prop in a small shop in Marin County. When Phil brought Craig in to duplicate his efforts on the miniature, Craig brought me with him. I'll have to dig out the rest of those stills sometime. A lot of them ended up in Cinefex and a glossy Japanese Robocop magazine. They were also working on House and Golden Child in Phil's shop at the time. Quint - perhaps a little insight into the guys I referred to in an earlier submission?

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    @blocktek: many thanks

    by justmyluck