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AniaR
01-15-2014, 09:58 PM
Thom was part of a team of people hired by Disney to create the tail for Splash. Disney, couldn’t use the name Disney at the time because of naked mermaid bum and boobs (seriously) and they branched out into “Touchstone” pictures so they could put out Splash without causing backlash. There were several people on the team. Thom headed up the physical making of the tail along with some of his friends, while Robert Short create the design and gave input on how it should be done and helped with hands on, chose the colours, and Madison’s over all look (as he told me himself in the comment you can see (https://24.media.tumblr.com/e812212df63ff732d9ffc23a8e488ff1/tumblr_mzgrj9kmjd1r0wgkuo5_1280.jpg)) Mitch Suskin (http://themoviesplash.blogspot.ca/2013/05/the-tail-updated-and-expanded-look.html) (seems to always be forgotten) was the visual effects supervisor, who made sure the work of Thom, Robert, and the others, came to life on screen in the way it was envisioned.


After Splash, Mitch and Robert went on to continue working generally in the special effects world for films, doing many different projects. Thom however, stuck with mermaids, and was the main mermaid man for Disney for decades. His other most memorable Disney work was his work with gold medallist Michael Phelps. However, an agreement was signed that he and the others would not remake the Splash Tail in the way it was originally made. Thom always tends to get the credit for Splash, likely because he’s the only one who actively still talks about the project.

To this day, Thom’s main project that he is the most proud of, is his consistent work with make a wish foundation. Thom has been named, by the community, as the tail man. While the other artists involved indeed are spfx artists, Thom was the one to become the TAIL MAKER. Because he was the first, 30 years ago, to start a tail making business, before most current tail makers were even born. He has undertaken many commercial and TV/Movie projects, he’s also mentored many professional and amateur tail makers.Though, he was not the first to ever make mermaid tails as we've seen from old movies ;)


A few years ago, Thom suffered a serious reaction to an immunization, and had 6 mini strokes. He has recovered very well, but he struggle to physically type. He instead opts to use the Dragon Speech program to dictate what he’d like to say. You don’t see him as active online as he is in person, because of that barrier.


This year marks 30 years since Splash came out. I think I’ll post loads of behind the scenes :)

While Thom was not directly credited in the credits (a studio admitted mishap as explained in the ultimate splash fangroup where some of the actors still frequent [like the guy who said pee down the air hose]) this often happens. A perfect example would be, Jim Henson studios is simply credited as thus and doesn't list every person working. Merwrangler Sean's brother in law also works in movie production and it really depends on who he is working under whether he shows up on credits.

Regardless, you can actually see Thom working away here ;)
Here's photos of Thom working away!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1545212_472100846233672_1459147905_n.jpg

https://31.media.tumblr.com/fcedea41837c8fa4b1c5183a3224ac35/tumblr_mzgrj9kmjd1r0wgkuo4_500.jpg

https://31.media.tumblr.com/c5fad55c9f87dcd727c24421d2057b51/tumblr_mzgrj9kmjd1r0wgkuo2_500.jpg

https://31.media.tumblr.com/b8df4c7954f8bb4fbb36706933e41f68/tumblr_mzgrj9kmjd1r0wgkuo3_500.jpg

https://31.media.tumblr.com/e922ca316df25cd32e8a90f81ebd6f8d/tumblr_mzgrj9kmjd1r0wgkuo1_500.jpg

AniaR
01-15-2014, 10:01 PM
Thom also did Splash Too and told us so many funny stories about filming both. He was saying for Splash Too the sea life was afraid of the girl playing the mermaid and wouldnt come around her lol

Mermaid Danielle
01-15-2014, 10:08 PM
Thank you for sharing, Raina. I intended to look some of this up the other night after seeing something about it on facebook, but it slipped my mind.

Sirenade
01-16-2014, 04:06 AM
Thank you for compiling this. Thom truly commercialized the tail making business when he started Mermaid Rentals decades ago and did tails for commercials, TV shows, music videos and other events. I am a close friend of Thom's (gave him the Dragon Speech program as a gift last Christmas!) and have seen the Splash molds in his garage and the Madison necklace hanging on his wall. He has directly inspired everyone who is in the mer-community today whether they know it or not. His tails have a longevity that outlast anything else that is out there for purchase. Some of the criticisms of his tails are that they are ill fitting or look baggy, but that is just due to them being generic sizes for rentals (and undergoing many re-sizings and beatings by customers). The tails that are made for a person are better fitting than any other tails out there.

AniaR
01-16-2014, 09:20 PM
if it's not super clear based on emails I'm getting from he who shall not be named, the first sentence of this thread says "Thom was part of a team of people hired by Disney to create the tail for Splash" nowhere does it say Thom was the only person, nor does it say Robert did not contribute. Some one is continuing to take a mer-tantrum. ;)

Seatan
01-16-2014, 09:38 PM
The funny thing is that I have STILL not watched Splash! I have GOT to see that movie!!!!!

AniaR
01-16-2014, 10:10 PM
I watched it on the plane to merfest!

lynsea
01-16-2014, 10:23 PM
I highly recommend the 20th anniversary DVD. It's got some GREAT behind the scenes footage and interviews. It might be a bit dull to some, but if you love the production side of everything that goes into making a film, especially mermaids ;), then definitely get it.

You can buy the video on Amazon HERE (http://www.amazon.com/Splash-20th-Anniversary-Edition-Hanks/dp/B00015YVD6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389925311&sr=8-1&keywords=splash+20th+anniversary+edition).

Also, "mer-tantrum"... loving the image I have in my head right now :D.

Sirenade
01-16-2014, 10:23 PM
Raina- he is STILL tantrumming? Yeesh.

Merman Arion
01-16-2014, 10:28 PM
if it's not super clear based on emails I'm getting from he who shall not be named, the first sentence of this thread says "Thom was part of a team of people hired by Disney to create the tail for Splash" nowhere does it say Thom was the only person, nor does it say Robert did not contribute. Some one is continuing to take a mer-tantrum. ;)

For someone spying of the forum thanks to alt accounts, he sure can't read a sentence as simple as that. What a baby... :doh:

Merman Arion
01-16-2014, 10:30 PM
The funny thing is that I have STILL not watched Splash! I have GOT to see that movie!!!!!

WTF did I just read there???

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Girl, you gotta do it TOMORROW!!! :jester:

deepblue
01-17-2014, 12:07 AM
Thom also did Splash Too and told us so many funny stories about filming both. He was saying for Splash Too the sea life was afraid of the girl playing the mermaid and wouldn't come around her lol

It's like they KNEW how awful that movie would be. (Your movie mileage may vary, of course.) You can find it in parts and one bad full copy, on YouTube.

I agree, the 20th anniversary DVD is totally worth the $. And thanks for posting the images of Thom working on the tail. That movie (Splash, the original) came out at such a pivotal time in my life. I was already a mermaid nut, it just fed the love.

(Also, when that tv show came out here, Splash, I have never been so disappointed in my life. Not about mermaids. A celeb diving competition show. smh.)

AniaR
01-17-2014, 12:08 AM
This year I hope there is a 30 year dvd

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deepblue
01-17-2014, 12:14 AM
If they don't, maybe it can be petitioned for. :D Really.

Sirenade
01-17-2014, 03:53 PM
Raina- I saw your comment in the NCMerfest thread about Eric sending you and e-mail on behalf of Robert Short to remove the picture of the baby Madison tail. It seems silly to have TWO middle men (You and Eric) to share information between Robert and Thom. It seems just silly. :/

AniaR
01-17-2014, 05:58 PM
I'm not going between
He stalks everything I do online and sends me emails. I dont engage. He's been doing this for years. He's reading this now...lol

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AniaR
01-17-2014, 06:00 PM
He's also contacting people who went to merfest to try and find things out about me. Loads of people have been forwarding me his messages. Its what he does.

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Mermaid Dottie
01-17-2014, 06:36 PM
I don't know how you deal, Raina. That exhausts me just thinking about it. *faceplants into seabed*

The other thing I don't get is why people pinpoint you. Just because you're outspoken? It could be a dozen people telling someone the same thing, but if you joined in, you would suddenly be a mastermind hell-bent on disrupting peace in the galaxy, and everyone else would be your puppets.:crazy: I honestly don't understand why people always get mad at you, in particular. Doesn't make any sense to me. :thinks:

deepblue
01-17-2014, 07:04 PM
omg, these people... Raina has a great reputation for a reason, it's based on who she is. I don't know her personally but I see it everywhere mer-related- if she's mentioned, it's good, and if she's the one talking, she doesn't' say anything effed up. The other thing you see is that the crazy actions of other people get them a reputation, also. Somehow they're not making that connection that they create their own crap. Evidence everywhere, but nope- it's not their fault.

omg I love that baby Madison tail. <3 It was only on a stick, but it has the cutest flukes!

Echidna
01-17-2014, 07:36 PM
he who shall not be named


He's also contacting people who went to merfest to try and find things out about me. Its what he does.


meh, now I'm stuck with this image:
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AniaR
01-17-2014, 08:45 PM
Gets mad at me because I always show proof ;)

Its okay dont even worry. Things come around ;) lots of stuff in the mix

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AniaR
01-17-2014, 08:47 PM
Dont let it bug you folks I dont let it bug me :) its just the usual.

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AptaMer
01-17-2014, 10:12 PM
I highly recommend the 20th anniversary DVD. It's got some GREAT behind the scenes footage and interviews. It might be a bit dull to some, but if you love the production side of everything that goes into making a film, especially mermaids ;), then definitely get it.

You can buy the video on Amazon HERE (http://www.amazon.com/Splash-20th-Anniversary-Edition-Hanks/dp/B00015YVD6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389925311&sr=8-1&keywords=splash+20th+anniversary+edition).


The Blu-Ray is available too, nowadays.

Except Amazon doesn't seem to have any Region A copies for sale only region B, which is good for you European & Aussie Mers.

I wonder if Touchstone/Disney sold out their inventory of Region A copies, and haven't produced more?

You can get in on eBay, though.

Or just get a region-free Blu-Ray player and not have to deal with the studios' Blu-Ray region restriction nonsense

http://www.amazon.ca/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=region+free+blu+ray+player&tag=googcana-20&index=electronics&hvadid=34029294102&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18004780582095587094&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_320ugnmo0_b

AniaR
01-17-2014, 10:15 PM
I posted threads earlier where you can watch the extras and behind the scenes on YouTube :)

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Meridian Mer-Gyver
06-08-2015, 03:55 PM
My replica Necklace from Splash, Thom let me borrow the real necklace30396 so I could recreate this one as close to the original as possible! :) And its up for sale!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236361496/splash-tribute-movie-replica-necklace