Mouth for Manga

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#1 hollallen on 5 years ago

I have a peculiar problem. I have a mouth on a dog character that needs to open but should be flexible so that when closed, there is the slit for lips but when open, the mouth can widen and when closed again the cheeks can resume their original form.

I don't even know if it is possible or not. Most costumes I see that have movable jaws have a bottom jaw that extends back into the base that is clearly separate from the top but attached in the back. My particular situation is on that the mouth when opened fully only goes back so far. To extend it further back totally destroys the look. So basically if the mouth was opened fully, the cheeks would basically spread and not break apart. Any ideas? Pic links attached.