From Jim Henson’s official website:

To perform each of the five Fireys, four puppeteers were required, each wearing black velvet so that they would disappear into a black backdrop. They maneuvered the various body parts, but according to Augins, there was one thing the puppets could not do in the pre-digital age — they “…couldn’t make the Fireys cross one another, or turn around, because the puppeteers’ bodies would block each other.” It took two weeks to shoot the sequence and another two weeks doing special shots with the second unit to complete the scene.

Photo: Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) on the set with the Fireys.

From Jim Henson’s official website:

To perform each of the five Fireys, four puppeteers were required, each wearing black velvet so that they would disappear into a black backdrop. They maneuvered the various body parts, but according to Augins, there was one thing the puppets could not do in the pre-digital age — they “…couldn’t make the Fireys cross one another, or turn around, because the puppeteers’ bodies would block each other.” It took two weeks to shoot the sequence and another two weeks doing special shots with the second unit to complete the scene.

Photo: Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) on the set with the Fireys.

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Sarah and the Fireys.

Sarah and the Fireys.

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