MTV: The Werewolves 5 Secrets Revealed

MTV has a behind the scenes look with Phil Tippett, Eclipse’s legendary FX man!

The Wolves Have New Fur, Eyes and Behavior
Weitz requested wolves that had more of a rangy look to them, with matted fur and eyes that more closely resembled human eyes than wolf ones. By contrast, Slade wanted his wolves just a bit more, well, coifed.

“They weren’t supposed to look like poodles, but [Slade] wanted them a lot sleeker looking and with shinier, shimmering coats,” Tippett explained.

Slade was also adamant that the “Eclipse” wolves revert to the wolf eyes you might see in nature. But it wasn’t just the wolf pack’s physical attributes that got a makeover for the third installment. Tippett and his team were also directed to adjust the wolves’ overall behavior.

“The ‘New Moon’ wolves, we played them as heroic sentries,” said Tippett. “When the wolves met the humans, we attempted to make it appear as though the wolves had a center of conscience that was definitely human. And David really wanted to play it that the wolves were far more primordial and much more wolflike. The wolves became less sentries sent from God and a lot more twitchy, uncertain, fairer animals.”

Perhaps the biggest similarity between both films’ wolves, however, is that neither set actually has genitals — a compromise necessary to secure a PG-13 rating. “We just deal with it by putting extra fur down there,” he laughed.”

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  1. shannonh08 says:

    LOL! Never really gave it a thought about the wolves not having genitals!!!! GREAT! Now I can’t stop thinking about that! ROTFLMAO! Now I have a vision of them licking themselves!

  2. Poor wolfies!

  3. Well, at least now I know why they looked cheap. They are nothing like Stephenie described them. Way to go David, I knew you had to f$@k up something. At least you didn’t f$@ked up the whole movie, but still, they where beautifully created wolves, you didn’t had to touch them.

  4. PamelaC says:

    I thought about the genital thing at the part when Jacob is nudging himself against Bella, during the training scene, and then turns around. I was like, “Hmmm how are they going to handle the back shot?”

    As far as how the wolves looked, I really thought they were just fine. The movie felt a little rushed to me, but I understand that it’s probably so time could be used on other important moments in the movie, like the newborn scenes, the leg lock scene, proposal scene, etc.

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