Hot Buttered Elves founder Dan Garr is featured today in an article in the Daily Breeze about toy designers’ origins.
Here is an excerpt from the article
Dan Garr built a bus-size Titanic, broke it in half and sunk it in front of James Cameron’s camera. This was before computer animation dominated the film industry, and there was still demand for complex physical sets and props. Garr saw that CGI, or computer-generated imagery, was going to put him out of business, so he moved over to the toy industry, where he applied his skills with animatronics on a smaller scale.