I'm a big fan of the Lord of the Rings movies and I've been fascinated by the special effects. These effects were concocted by New Zealand's own Weta Workshop. I had some vague idea that the company was named for a bug, but I Had No Idea. The weta looks like a fat praying mantis and is as big as a puppy. Seriously, they could have used this thing to film Attack of the New Zealand Bug Monster and just skipped the special effects. The weta is humongous because it lives on an island with no natural predators. So we don't have to worry about being overrun. Yay! By the way the orange thing in the picture is a carrot. Not a baby-sized one either.
Source: Scholastic News May/Jun2008, Special section p3
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