Animatronic bear suit

The world most realistic animal suits


SFX Studio Inc., the well renown make-up and creature FX studio from Vancouver, BC, Canada, is proud to announce that its kodiak bear is now ready to perform for you. This bear is a one of a kind highly realistic photo double of a kodiak bear. The only one available in the world. It is composed of a performer suit and an animatronic head able to growl, talk and more. It has doubled real bear in feature films and numerous commercials.

Here are its specifics:

  • Size/height: 8’4”
  • Type: Suit with animatronic head
  • Usage: Feature Films, TV programs, Commercials, Music videos, Special events...

The suit comes with a performer, a puppeteer and a dresser. We travel wherever you need the bear to perform.

Tell us about your project and we will provide you with a free quote.

The team

Joel Echallier

The puppeteer

A puppeteer is the animator behind the puppet. With the help of controller like radios or cables, he brings life to the character using all mechanical advantage that the puppet has to offer. This requires skills and proper understanding of human and animal comportmental behavior. He also works very closely with the performer inside the suit to coordinate a move for a particular moment.

Joel Echallier has been a makeup FX artist and a puppeteer for the last 14 years. He has worked on numerous movies and TV commercials animating characters like bears, aliens, cats, dogs,sea creatures and ice cream cones with eyeballs.

Andre Tricoteux

The peformer

A performer is a person who is acting the suit. He is usually inside of it. It's the most difficult part of character acting. The suit is usually heavy, uncomfortable and noisy from all the servos running inside of it. The performer should be person in good physical condition and should have experience in body expression and body language. Also the knowledge of character animation is a must. A gorilla should not move like a Chimpanzee. Long hours of practice are required to grasp all the tiny motion details that will make the character believable.

Bear dresser

The dresser

A dresser is a qualified suit specialist with knowledge in costume fabrication, sewing techniques, special suit fitting and maintenance. We provide technicians who do only that and more. They can backup every tasks that the puppeteer needs them to take over. The dresser is in charge of the maintenance kit which contains all necessary tools and products to clean and maintain the suit during the rental period.


For all rental and price inquiries, please contact us at:


Telephone: 1-(604) 205-5142

All regular mail inquiries can be sent to:

SFX Studio Inc.
Suit Rental division
18-145 Schoolhouse St.
Coquitlam, BC, V3K 4X8 Canada

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