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HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER – The Art and Technology of Animatronics

Between 2005 – 2016 John Cox’s Creature Workshop, in association with their touring company, Creatures on Tour,  toured this blockbuster interactive exhibition in the USA and Canada twice, including one of the Top 10 Museums in the USA: St Louis Science Centre, opening the NEW Spark! Science Centre in Calgary, Canada, and being the #1 exhibition ever shown at Anaheim Muzeo, California. It toured New Zealand twice and has shown in most major cities and a number of major regional venues within Australia. The grand finale was taking part in the ‘Bestiale’ exhibition at the National Museo de Cinema, Italy.  ‘How to Make a Monster’ has hosted almost 1 million visitors.


Exhibition Concept

‘How to Make a Monster – the art and technology of animatronics’ is a fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ exhibition that explores the skills and processes involved in bringing a creature from the written page to the silver screen.


This 5,000 sq ft exhibition engages people of all ages through their leisure, hobby, school and work interests.

The exhibition reveals:

  • how monsters and creatures are designed and story-boarded
  • how maquette are made
  • how full size creatures are sculpted, moulded, and finished
  • how animatronic components are designed and installed to create the bones and muscles that bring monsters to life
  • Interactive exhibits allow visitors to become an animatronics puppeteer.

‘How to Make a Monster’ features the work of 1995 Visual Effects Academy Award winner for the movie ‘Babe’, John Cox, and his company John Cox’s Creature Workshop.

A number of components from the exhibition are  still available for display

‘How to Make a Monster – the art and technology of animatronics’ PAL and NTSC DVDs and Book are available by emailing: julie@johncox.net