Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 27th, 2009
When I was out on the Queen Mary, I was delighted that Colbert Fennelly, who has worked with Disney, came over and introduced himself during my cryptozoology appearance and talk. We had a nice chat about monsters in the movies.
Fennelly is an animator, and leads his own division/company that has been involved in some good projects. For example, he is currently the “Animation Layout & Support Lead” on the forthcoming The Land of The Lost (2009) at Rhythm & Hues.
He wanted to share with me, and thus indirectly the folks at Cryptomundo, a sort of “inside joke” the crew had about the Yetis on a recent movie. As the “Animation Layout & Support Lead” during The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), Colbert Fennelly and his team designed the CG Yetis and the Yeti army scenes.
Fennelly told me the Yetis were all distinctive and different, with the three leads having red, white, and blue eyes. In tribute to their patriotic nature, the crew named them Tom, Ben, and George, after Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.