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Five Rivers Services, LLC Five Rivers Services, LLC

The props look awesome. As before we are very pleased with the realism of the props and know that the Soldiers will benefit from that realism in their training endeavors. Thanks for another exceptional product.

Please extend our Thank You to your outstanding staff.

Zac Witkowski
Deputy Program Manager
Five Rivers Services, LLC
Training Support Center
Fort Hood, Texas
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NBC/Universal (The Office)

That is very creepy...

Hugely impressed, Keep at it.

Randy Cordray
Producer: "The Office"
Quote From Our Man on Set: They loved it. Director even seemed to like how it moved when thrown better than the real cat! Everybody was impressed and pretty creeped out by how real it is.
NBC / Universal - The Office
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Tool of North America Tool of North America

Thanks you guys, the flea looked good. No, sexy!

Tom Wilkins
Production Designer
Tool of North America
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Andrew Martin Photography, Inc.

Your penguin was top notch, and he really acquired his own personality in our photos. The movements allowed him to come alive, and I thank you for that! I can't share images yet, but know that he worked out really well and I'm psyched! Thanks also for encouraging me to work with Propmasters, who did excellent work for us. We turned him over to the video team in perfect condition, so I hope he arrived back to you without a scratch. Thanks again, and I look forward to the next animal project... you know how it goes... once you do something different you're likely to be hired to do it again.

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin Photography Inc.
Andrew Martin Photography
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Fat Box Films Fat Box Films

Jim & Coral,
On behalf of myself and everyone here at Fat Box Films, I wanted to send out a huge thank you to both of you as well as your team for providing some amazing assets that were crucial in making this spot really come alive. Our client is ecstatic about what was shot and we are really excited as well after watching the footage. Jim, your creative suggestions, ability to meet our budget, and professionalism was a huge factor in this project coming together, and again I would like to say thanks. I can't wait to work with Animal Makers again in the future.

Aaron Bruski
Producer / Editor
Fat Box Films

U.S. Army

The dog model is working wonderfully with our training.  He is getting quite the workout traveling all over the country to assist the troops in training exercise.  Thank you for assisting us in the effort to support our Armed Forces.

Thank you,
Jessica Woods
U.S. Army
U.S. Army
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Czar U.S. Czar U.S.

Just wanted to let you know how pleased everyone was with the skunk. From the moment it came out of the box, and we met Aida, there was never any moment of doubt that it wasn't going to work well. Thank you for your teams hard work and craftsmanship. You guys pulled it off in no time flat, including working through the holiday schedule. Aida was a pleasure to meet and work with too. He preparedness, confidence, and on set demeanor all contributed to a quick and flawless day on location. I hope we get to work together again in the future. Hopefully the next time we need an animal from you, the scene will be set in Hawaii. Not that Romania wasn't, ... err ..... interesting ...
Pat McGoldrick
Czar U.S.
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Universal Studios

Thank you so much for your participation in the Education Works event at Universal Studios Hollywood last weekend. Your donation of the “critters” for our Movie Zoo was an added and very much enjoyed bonus for our guests. It was a great opportunity for the kids to have the hands on experience of manipulating the animals and earning their “Special Effects Technician” certificate.

Your thoughtful presentation and well executed set-up allowed the maximum numbers of guests to experience the attraction. Your attention to detail was evident throughout our dealings, especially in printing and providing the “Special Effects Technician” stickers as giveaways for the kids. The entire process of working with you and your group, from our initial visit to the shop to your suggestions of what animals/puppets were kid friendly and easy for them to work with, to your generous donation to the Education Works foundation of your product and time, was a wonderful one. The execution of your portion of our event was exceptional and worry free on my end! Thank you again for your participation in the Education Works event. I look forward to future projects with Animal Makers and recommend you highly at any opportunity I can.
Universal Studios

Kathi Fastnow Dirkse
Event Production
Universal Studios Hollywood
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The Drew Carey Show
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The Drew Carey Show

I just want to let you know how much we appreciate your staffs level of professionalism, creativity and overall performance on all of the shows that we work on together. Your company works within our budget and comes up with solutions that work well with the production and the animals. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Louis Fusaro
The Drew Carey Show

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Columbia Pictures

On behalf of Columbia Pictures, Inc. I would like to thank you for the opportunity of working with you while filming "Stuart Little 2". We appreciate your services and look forward to working with you in the future.

Elizabeth K. Tompkins
Production Accountant
Columbia Pictures

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We recently had the pleasure of working with Animal Makers on a Lubriderm spot with one of our commercial directors, Marcus Nispel. Animal Makers was extremely cooperative and easy to work with, especially with the budgetary and timing constraints that we were under. Accordingly, we were able to save time and money by using their existing stable of quality animatronics alligators. Both the director and the client were extremely pleased with the results and as Executive Producer at MJZ, I was very pleased with the process and the way in which Animal Makers handled us as client. Kudos to you!

Lisa Rich
Executive Producer
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Tombstone Pizza

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the terrific job you did for us on the Tombstone Pizza job. The dog not only doubled the live dog flawlessly, but the animatronic element worked like gangbusters. We laughed out loud while we were shooting, but we were howling in dailies.

It was a pleasure to work with you. I look forward to doing it again. Thanks again for a job very well done.

Paul Papanek
Area 51 Films
Tombstone Pizza
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Bonds Films Bonds Films

Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated working with you. Animal Makers will always be on the top of our list for their kind and professional service. The set crew was most helpful. They were not only willing to go the “extra mile”, they did!! Thanks again.

Warmest Regards
Marguerite Parise
Executive Producer
Bonds Films

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Ammirati Studio

This letter serves as a recommendation of the skills, and talent of Animal Makers. We rented a woodpecker from Animal Makers recently and found the animal surpassed our expectations. We saw only a Polaroid of the model in advance and needed many changes made, they worked on it over the weekend, and before it arrived we were worried because we had no time to see polaroids of the changes. The woodpecker arrived and was breathtakingly excellent. We are so glad to know about Animal Makers in case we need another animal model in the future.

Yvette Deeton
Studio Manager
Ammirati Studio

Ammirati Studio
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P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
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P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Thank you kindly for your generous donation to the PETA Millennium Gala "Silent Auction for the Animals". Your donation contributed to raising more than $200,000 in bids. None of this could have happened without your help. We're indebted to you for placing your trust in us as we worked together to make this a more compassionate and humane world.

Jill Baccheiri-Jones
Manager, Corporate Gifts and Affinity Programs
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Renaissance Pictures

I am writing to advise you of the air date for the episode of Cleopatra 2525 featuring your silicone baby dummy. The episode, entitled "Baby Boom", will be airing in the L.A. market on KTLA 5 at 3:00pm on Saturday, October 14th, 2000. From what we have heard from our New Zealand production crew, the dummy was terrific. Please extend our thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make it in such a short period of time. We hope you'll be just as happy with our finished product.

Melissa Blake
Renaissance Pictures
Renaissance Pictures
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The Magic of Khevin Barnes The Magic of Khevin Barnes

To Jim and Coral and the entire Animal Makers team: I want to tell you how pleased I am with my animatronic Toucan. It was wonderful to watch every step of his creation through your state-of-the-art web pages, with the video and photo updates. Your design team was second to none, and I expect many years of wonderful presentations with my bird. I have looked at many companies over the years, and I have never doubted that Animal Makers excels at creating art in its richest form—beautiful and heartfelt masterpieces that perfectly reflect the dedication of your company and your staff.

Thank you.
Khevin Barnes
The Dr. Wilderness Magic Shows
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Well Designed and Performed Animatronic Animals
USA Today reported recently that Budweiser's animatronic lizards finally supplanted their frogs as the most popular television commercial they have ever measured. Animal Makers created the frogs while the campaign was at DDB Needham. Ad Track goes on to rank the frogs/lizards campaign as the seventh most effective (at raising sales) behind the 1995 McDonald's campaign starring Michael Jordan. the lizards/frogs campaign is liked "alot" by 53% adult males and 47% adult females.

The Center on Alcohol Advertising concurs with USA Today, reporting that children were more familiar with the Bud Frogs than with Smokey the Bear, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Kellogg's Frost Flakes animated Tony the Tiger. Only Bugs Bunny is more recognizable (just barely).

Lion Breweries of New Zealand recently commissioned a threesome of their own, but this time had Animal Makers create wildebeests. These ruddy critters tested good with adults but were fearsome to young children. The test was run by the NZ Liquor Board.
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Lofton Arts & Museum Exhibition Contracting Lofton Arts & Museum Exhibition Contracting

The bear went up just wonderfully, the real log was a little off in shape but that was expected. We were able to fill in with foam and paint it dark brown. One could never see it from the viewing angle. Currently he is covered up and we are considering an unveiling maybe on Halloween. Do to a large local draw, This has to be confirmed with the city. Great Job !!!!

Cortney D. Lofton
Lofton Arts & Museum Exhibition Contracting

Coors Light

Jim, I wanted to take a quick moment and send my thanks for a job well done. I appreciate the professionalism of you and your crew through the pre-production phase, and I know that at the end of the day, we had received everything we needed and more.

Kris Eber
Pusher Media
The Magic of Khevin Barnes
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Lofton Arts & Museum Exhibition Contracting
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Alliance to Save Energy

Thank you so much Jim. It was a pleasure to work with you and your team on the original Energy Hog spots, and once again a pleasure to have you make a contribution to such a wonderful project. Hope to see you again in the near future.

Don Seay
Tracy Locke Advertising
Alliance to Save Energy
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Dolphin Human Therapy

This is just a quick note to thank you and your entire team at Animal Makers for making this research and development project so successful. Your puppeteers, engineers, production people, and entire team were super to work with. Your team really made TAD come to life in the pool for the children. You and your team's creativity are only exceeded by your professionalism, sensitivity, and talent! The potential of TAD as observed over the last five days could revolutionize therapeutic tools used in rehabilitation and therapy for special needs children and perhaps adults. On behalf of the children and families that participated in this test, and on behalf of the special needs children of the world that may experience TAD in the future, thank you.

Christina Collins
Director, Media & Public Relations
Dolphin Human Therapy
Dolphin Human Therapy
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Dolphin Human Therapy Dolphin Human Therapy

Just a quick note to the entire team at Animal Makers for making the TAD experience so special! Thanks. You made TAD come to life for the children. You are the best puppeteers in the world and TAD is a very special puppet with a lot of potential. I enjoyed meeting all of you. We learned a lot and are amazed at how creative you all are. You were all so accommodating and helpful. Not many people can pick up on all the subtle intricacies of therapy as quickly as you all did. It was a pleasure to work with such professional and fun people. On behalf of the families, the children, and us, thanks. We hope that some of you will come see Dolphin Human Therapy (DHT) in action in Key Largo, Florida someday. But if you don't get a chance soon, at least visit our website, and stay in contact by e-mail. God Bless you and your families.

Jennifer Reuschlein
Speech Language Pathologist
Dolphin Human Therapy
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