When a show like “Bones” needs, well, bones, Hollywood calls on Burbank native Gary Robbins. Same goes for werewolves, sneaker-clad bison and Stuart Little's stand-in — all can be found in an unassuming warehouse and workshop located in downtown Burbank across from a comedy club.
After walking under the giant shark with someone's legs in its jaws, you're greeted at Bischoff's Taxidermy and Animal FX by a reception area resplendent with serpents, critters, creepy-crawlies, and a nice married couple who welcome you into their business in the same way a mom and pop might invite you in to sell you shoes or some baked goods.
But at Bischoff's, the crafts of Gary and Mary Robbins are of a macabre sort. And it's the go-to place for Hollywood's taxidermy needs.
“What's fun is making up the custom orders — especially when they want blood and guts,” Gary Robbins said.
That's why, in his shop, roadkill has its place next to beautifully pristine fox pelts, mounted moose heads and a stuffed polar bear. The thousands of animals that fill his building are lovingly, expertly arranged by Robbins himself, not that exotic taxidermy was exactly in his lifelong plans.