If you're a fan of the 1997 sci-fi cult classic "Starship Troopers," Christmas just came a little early.

The visual-effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (ADI) has released a nearly 6-minute video showing how its artists and technicians built a "warrior bug" for the film.

"To celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'Starship Troopers,' we dug deep into our video archive to uncover footage we had not previously presented on the studioADI channel," ADI representatives wrote in a description of the video, which was posted on YouTube Wednesday (Nov. 15). "Part 1 kicks off the series chronicling the creation of the warrior bug, from sculpture to paint to animatronics testing."

A still from the 1997 film "Starship Troopers," which centers on a 23rd-century war between humanity and a race of insect-like aliens.
A still from the 1997 film "Starship Troopers," which centers on a 23rd-century war between humanity and a race of insect-like aliens.
Credit: Everett Collection

Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" — which shares its name with a 1959 novel by Robert Heinlein — chronicles a 23rd-century war between humanity and a race of insectoid aliens. If you haven't seen it, you really should; it's a lot of fun.

 

The movie is absolutely crawling with warrior bugs, but most of them are computer-generated. The strikingly lifelike animatronic one shown in the new video was used for close-up shots.

You can watch the newly released video on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=2cylNnCaUI0.

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