Rick Lazzarini is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Character Shop, creating fantastic creatures, puppets and animatronic effects for over twenty five years. Lazzarini has built and puppeteered creations from a miniature six inch replica of Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell for "Hook," to life- sized elephants for "Operation Dumbo Drop", all... See full bio »

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 2016 Keeping Up with the Joneses (snake replicas and prosthetics - uncredited)
 2016 War Dogs (puppeteer: bomb retrieval robot - uncredited)
 2016 Ghostbusters (puppet designer and builder - uncredited)
  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series) (alien tentacle creature creator - 1 episode, 2015) (puppeteer - 1 episode, 2015)
- 4,722 Hours (2015) ... (alien tentacle creature creator - uncredited) / (puppeteer: alien tentacle creature - uncredited)
 2015 CSI: Immortality (TV Movie) (puppeteer: bomb retrieval robot - uncredited)
 2014-2015 Extant (TV Series) (animatronic Lucy robot - 16 episodes)
- The Greater Good (2015) ... (animatronic Lucy robot - uncredited)
- Double Vision (2015) ... (animatronic Lucy robot - uncredited)
- Zugzwang (2015) ... (animatronic Lucy robot - uncredited)
- Arms and the Humanich (2015) ... (animatronic Lucy robot - uncredited)
- The Other (2015) ... (animatronic Lucy robot - uncredited)
 2015 State of Affairs (TV Series) (puppeteer - 1 episode)
- Ghosts (2015) ... (puppeteer: bomb retrieval robot - uncredited)
 2013 Identity Thief (animatronics supervisor/puppeteer - uncredited)
 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (custom snake puppets - uncredited)
 2006 Snakes on a Plane (animatronics supervisor)
 2003 Willard (animatronics supervisor: The Character Shop)
 2002 Sweet Home Alabama (special effects: bloodhound replica - uncredited)
 2002 Big Trouble (animatronic frog creator) / (puppeteer)
 2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 (trout replicas)
 2000 Dude, Where's My Car? (puppeteer)
 1996 Escape from L.A. (puppets: Kurt Russell & Pam Grier)
 1995 Operation Dumbo Drop (animatronics: The Character Shop)
 1995 Casper (ghost replicas)
 1994 The Shaggy Dog (TV Movie) (animatronic dog puppets)
 1994 The Santa Clause (miniature animatronic reindeer puppets) / (reindeer puppets creator: The Character Shop, inc.)
 1994 The Flintstones (Pebble & Bam-Bam replicas)
 1993 Hocus Pocus (miniature flying witch puppets)
 1993 The Sandlot (animatronic monster dog effects) / (special effects supervisor)
 1993 Groundhog Day (special effects crew - uncredited)
 1992 Radio Flyer (animatronic buffalo)
 1991 And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird (creator: robot) / (lead puppeteer)
  Monsters (TV Series) (special effects - 1 episode, 1989) (special effects makeup - 1 episode, 1989)
- Reaper (1989) ... (special effects: Reaper)
- Their Divided Self (1989) ... (special effects makeup)
 1989 A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (creator: womb with a fetal view canal)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (creature effects: theatre & subway ghosts)
 1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien (animatronic eye supervisor)
 1988 The Unholy (prosthetics: Apogee - uncredited)
 1987 Spaceballs (Barf ear animatronics)
 1986 Aliens (creature effects crew)
 1986 Invaders from Mars (mechanical department coordinator: creature effects crew)
 1985 A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (special puppet effects creator)
 1982 The Slumber Party Massacre (special effects)
 1982 Forbidden World (special mechanics)
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Gold BAFTA Craft Award 2014 for Best Model Making: Foster Farms "Amazing Chickens" commercials.

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