In ‘Sweet Tooth,’ a Taste of Fantasy Rooted in Reality

Based on a comic book about a pandemic-fueled apocalypse, the new Netflix series is actually full of big-hearted whimsy. Thank the remote-controlled ears.

A rendering of Gus, the half-deer character from “Sweet Tooth.” On set, his ears were made of latex and brought to life by remote control. Credit…Fractured FX

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By Chris Vognar

It was all about the ears.

With very little rehearsal time, the practical-effects team had to get them right. Perched atop the head of the child actor Christian Convery, who plays the part-deer hero of Netflix’s fanciful new dystopian drama “Sweet Tooth,” the ears, soft and furry, had to move just right. That meant they had to move like a deer’s.

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