Early Chiodo Bros. Flick Online

Like most visual effects and animation professionals, The Chiodo Bros., Shephen, Charlie and Edward, have some old home movies that offer early glimpses into their genius. We were thrilled to learn that the boys have posted one of those childhood epics online in its entirety. Titled The Beast From the Egg, the impressive kid creation laid the foundaion for things to come, including Tim Burton’s stop-motion short, Vincent, and the cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Based in Burbank, Calif. Chiodo Bros. Studio is a visual effects and film production facility that provides stop-motion animation, CG, animatronics, make-up effects and puppetry. Over the years, the guys have created memorable effects for Tim Burton’s Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, the 1995 sci-fi cult fave Screamers and the Will Ferrel hit Elf. Most recently, they provided the marionette puppetry for Matt Stone’s and Trey Parker’s Team America: World Police and a special puppet sequence for SCI Fi Channel’s Stargate SG1. They also just put out their first children’s book, Alien Xmas, which features a forward by Ray Harryhausen and is available at Barnes & Noble and amazon.com.

Obviously inspired by the Harryhausen classic 20 Million Miles to Earth, The Beast From the Egg has the boys bringing home a mysterious egg (a wad of tin foil), which hatches, unleashing a rapidly growing stop-motion monster on an unsuspecting neighborhood. Check it out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbGUr97tIDs. You can watch the Stargate SG1 puppet scene at http://youtube.com/watch?v=PTkDu38sI28.