The Chiodo Brothers

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The Chiodo Bros.
Charles Anthony Chiodo
(1952-05-24) May 24, 1952 (age 67)
Stephen Joseph Chiodo
(1954-03-02) March 2, 1954 (age 65)
Edward Michael Chiodo
(1960-08-25) August 25, 1960 (age 59)

OccupationSpecial Effects Artists
Years active1982-present

The Chiodo Bros. (Stephen, Charles & Edward Chiodo;[pronunciation?] born in Bronx, New York) are an American trio of sibling special effects artists, specializing in clay modeling, creature creation, stop motion and animatronics. Known for their film Killer Klowns from Outer Space as well as creating puppets and effects for films such as Critters, Ernest Scared Stupid, and Team America: World Police. The Chiodo brothers created the claymation sequence for the Large Marge scene from Pee-wee's Big Adventure. They created the elaborate mouse dioramas and "mouseterpieces" featured in the 2010 film Dinner for Schmucks.[1] The band Chiodos was originally named "The Chiodos Bros." after them, before modifying their title slightly.

Their studio has made several clay animation segments on The Simpsons:

  • In the ninth episode of twelfth season, titled "HOMR", there is an obvious parody of Davey and Goliath called Gravey and Jobriath.
  • "The Girl Who Slept Too Little", the second episode of seventeenth season, features a couch gag where six balls roll in and bump into each other in the living room before turning into Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Gumby.
  • The Willice and Crimbles segment from "Angry Dad: The Movie", a parody of Wallace and Gromit in the same style of animation. Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park voiced himself in the episode, as the creator of the fictional short.
  • A segment depicting the premonitory nightmare of Ned Flanders', during the twenty-third season episode, "Ned 'n Edna's Blend". they have even worked on the stop motion animation characters for the 2002 movie ELF and on the stop motion Stone Age creatures in the Cup’O’ noodles adds from the mid 90s and puppeteers in The Thundermans


  1. ^ "Working Hollywood: Making mice for 'Dinner for Schmucks'". Los Angeles Times. July 25, 2010.

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