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Chucky
Child's Play character
Chucky (Child's Play).jpg
The Chucky doll, as seen in Child's Play 2
First appearance Child's Play (1988)
Created by Don Mancini
John Lafia
Tom Holland
Portrayed by Brad Dourif
Fiona Dourif (Cult of Chucky)
Information
Full name Charles Lee Ray
Nickname(s) Chucky
The Lakeshore Strangler
Species Good Guy Doll
Human (first and sixth film)
Gender Male
Female (Alice's/Nica's bodies)
Spouse(s) Tiffany (wife)
Children Glen (son)
Glenda (daughter)
Nationality American
Classification Serial killer
Voodoo sorcerer
Power and ablities Voodoo

Charles Lee "Chucky" Ray, is a fictional character and the villain of the Child's Play slasher film series. Chucky is portrayed as a notorious serial killer whose spirit inhabits a "Good Guy" doll and continuously tries to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body. The character has become one of the most recognizable horror icons, often mentioned alongside Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Ghostface, Leatherface, Pennywise and Michael Myers, and has been referenced numerous times in popular culture. In 1999, the Chucky character was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for the film Bride of Chucky. He was created by writer-director Don Mancini and is portrayed and voiced by Brad Dourif in both live-action and voice-over.[1]

Appearances

Film

Chucky made his first appearance in the 1988 film Child's Play. In the film, serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) uses a voodoo ritual to transfer his soul into a Good Guy Doll in an effort to escape capture. Now living in the form of the animated doll, Chucky (Voiced by Brad Dourif) is given to young Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) and begins terrorizing the family.[2] Chucky made his second appearance in the 1990 sequel, Child's Play 2. In the film, a resurrected Chucky (Dourif) continues his pursuit of Andy (Vincent), who has been placed in foster care after the events of the first film.[3] In Child's Play 3 (1991), Chucky (Dourif) again returns from the grave eight years after events of the previous film to terrorize a now teenage Andy. (Justin Whalin).[4]

Bride of Chucky (1998) continues the story, with Chucky (Dourif) being resurrected by former accomplice and girlfriend Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly). After transferring Tiffany's soul into a bride doll, the two terrorize a young couple in an attempt to transfer their souls into human bodies.[5] Seed of Chucky (2004) follows six years later when Glen/Glenda (Voiced by Billy Boyd), the child of Chucky (Dourif) and Tiffany (Tilly), brings his parents back to life. The trio then set their sights on actress Jennifer Tilly (Tilly in a fictionalized version of herself), whom they have sinister designs for.[6]

The 2013 film Curse of Chucky saw the series return to the straightforward horror elements found in the first three films.[7] The film takes place twenty-five years after the events of the first film, as Chucky (Dourif) torments wheelchair user Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) who is implied to be his daughter.[8] In Cult of Chucky (2017) Chucky (Brad Dourif) returns to torment a now institutionalized Nica (Fiona Dourif), while a now adult Andy (Vincent) attempts to stop Chucky once and for all.[9]

Concept and creation

Design

Child's Play Writer Don Mancini explained that Chucky draws heavily from the My Buddy dolls: "In my original script, he was originally called Buddy, and we couldn’t use it because of the ‘My Buddy’ doll. The director went out and got a ‘My Buddy’ doll, a Raggedy Ann, a Raggedy Andy and one of those life-size baby infants. What I told [designer] Kevin Yagher was, I wanted something similar to a My Buddy doll. I described "Buddy" in my original script, now "Chucky", as wearing red-buttoned overalls, red sneakers, striped sweater, with red hair, blue eyes, and freckles. Kevin went off and sketched many designs of Chucky, until the final was picked. Yagher then built the first doll from those sketches and my details".[10]

Popular culture

See also

References

  1. ^ Langshaw, Mark. "'Revenge of Chucky' in the works, says Brad Dourif". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Tom Holland (Director) (1988). Child's Play (DVD). United States: United Artists. 
  3. ^ John Lafia (Director) (1990). Child's Play 2 (DVD). United States: Universal Pictures. 
  4. ^ Jack Bender (Director) (1991). Child's Play 3 (DVD). United States: Universal Pictures. 
  5. ^ Ronny Yu (Director) (1998). Bride of Chucky (DVD). United States: Universal Pictures. 
  6. ^ Don Mancini (Director) (2004). Seed of Chucky (DVD). United States: Rogue Pictures. 
  7. ^ "Quint chats up Don Mancini, David Kirschner and Michelle Gold about the CHILD'S PLAY REMAKE and the new DVD!!!". Ain't It Cool News. August 19, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Don Mancini (Director) (2013). Curse of Chucky (DVD). United States: Universal Studios Home Entertainment. 
  9. ^ Don Mancini (Director) (2017). Cult of Chucky (DVD). United States: Universal Studios Home Entertainment. 
  10. ^ "Chucky: Making a Nightmare". 
  11. ^ "Rick Steiner encounters Chucky from "Child's Play" on WCW Nitro". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky". 
  13. ^ Webb, Charles. "'Child's Play' Killer Chucky The Unlikely Hero of Endless Runner 'Chucky: Slash & Dash'". MTV. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. 
  14. ^ Mullins, Jenna. "RadioShack's Super Bowl Commercial Brings In (Almost) Every '80s Star, and It's Totally Awesome". Entertainment News. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Cawthorne, Andrew. "Venezuela's Maduro gives ultimatum to Caracas protesters". Reuters. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Taliesin_ttlg (2011-12-05). "Taliesin meets the vampires: Monster Mash (2000) – review". Taliesinttlg.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  17. ^ Jones, Brent. "Reviving the Raiders". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Pitchingace88 (October 04, 2014). "Criminal Case Pacific Bay - Case #24 - Hanging by a Thread - Chapter 3". YouTube. Retrieved October 04, 2014.

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