“Jack and Diane” isn’t just a popular ’80s song; it’s also the name of an interesting love story starring Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Cara Seymour and Kylie Minogue. If you aren’t familiar with “Jack and Diane,” here’s the official synopsis:

“‘Jack and Diane,’ two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But when Jack discovers that Diane is moving she pushes her away. Unable to grasp her new feelings, Diane’s emotions begin to cause unexplainable violent changes to her body. Through these awkward and insecure feelings, the two girls must struggle to turn their first love into an enduring one.”

There are really unique instances in this film that required animatronic design and animation. Here’s how those sequences were done.

Special effects designer Gabe Bartalos designed the animatronic of the skinless beast. The design was based on a skinned polar bear head. According to the people behind the film:

“Since the creature emerges from within Diane’s sexual frustration it opens the possibilities of a new interpretation for traditional creature design. With this in mind, Bartalos and director Bradley Rust Gray intended to create an animal that’s never been seen before: a creature that stems from Diane’s inner desires, and also links the Brother’s Quay’s unique vision of the world inside Diane.”

The Brothers Quay were behind the animated scene that dealt with Diane’s body:

“The Brothers Quay unearthed the interior of Diane’s body, a world of blood, hair, and teeth which is brought to life by her blossoming sexuality. These animated moments surface throughout the film, edged on by Diane’s emotional journey.”

Below are some new stills from the film as well as the trailer, a featurette and a clip from the film. “Jack and Diane” is available on VOD and iTunes and will entertain audiences in theaters November 2. You can learn more about the film at its official site and Facebook page.

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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