Shudder premiered Phil Tippett’s super-trippy animated feature Mad God on June 16, and it has very quickly become the horror streaming platform’s most-watched premiere of this year.
Phil Tippett is on a role, because the film completed a very successful IFC Midnight theatrical release just a week prior to its Shudder debut. Although that makes it sound like Mad God‘s success happened very quickly, in truth, the film has been 30 years in the making.
Phil Tippett is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker specializing in visual effects, and has worked on such iconic films as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers and RoboCop. After completing RoboCop 2, he sketched and conceptualized some sets and creatures, starting the long road towards Mad God‘s success. His stage and stop motion team at Tippett Studios shot the first few scenes of Mad God, then were sidetracked by the intensive work they performed on Jurassic Park.
Cut to 20 years later, when some of Tippett’s artists came across the puppets and sets that had been created so long ago. With computers now playing a large role in animation, this new generation of creators were intrigued by the pieces, and convinced him to revisit the concept.
Tippett and a volunteer crew began working on the project, and during the midst of a global pandemic, the final scenes were completed in 2020. It made its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival to excellent reviews before playing at Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival and Fantasia.
As for Tippett Studio itself, it has stayed very relevant, working on films and series such as The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Locke and Key season two, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Tippett is very pleased with the reception Mad God has received on Shudder, declaring “It’s amazing to see the range of reactions from viewers to this movie that has lived in my head for three decades.” In return, Shudder GM Craig Engler proclaimed the platform to be honored to present Tippett’s visual masterpiece.
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