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  • Old-Time "Moving Pictures"

    Old-Time "Moving Pictures"

    A listing of 16 different late 19th-century "Boy's Own Panoramas" for home entertainment, from H. G. Clarke and Co. in London. These 19th-century crankies include moving panoramas about John Gilpin, Dick Turpin, Punchinello, Punch and Judy, and views…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Dec 19, 3:11am -
  • Pontine Theatre Review: Storytelling at its Best

    Pontine Theatre Review:  Storytelling at its Best

    Review: Pontine Theatre’s ‘A New England Christmas’By Jeanné McCartinPosted Dec 2, 2019 at 9:27 AMPontine Theatre’s “A New England Christmas” is a brimming cup of holiday magic and cheer. Two people on a largely blank stage act out two i…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 6:02pm -
  • David in the Dark

    David in the Dark

    David Worobec performing at King Friday’s Dungeon Puppet Slam, a scene from "Sweeney Todd" (October 2018 in Portland, Maine...)
    - 15 days ago, 30 Nov 19, 5:18pm -
  • The Mushroom Hunters

    The Mushroom Hunters


    - 19 days ago, 27 Nov 19, 1:10pm -
  • Pollock's Toy Museum Exhibition

    Pollock's Toy Museum Exhibition

    gal·li·mau·fry /ˌɡaləˈmôfrē/ a confused jumble or medley of things."a glorious gallimaufry of childhood perceptions"The 14 artists participating in A Pollock’s Gallimaufry have been offered unprecedented access to the Museum’s internat…
    - 36 days ago, 10 Nov 19, 1:57pm -
  • Peeping Tom: Hand-built Miniature Interiors

    - 44 days ago, 1 Nov 19, 9:23pm -
  • Pumpkin Time!
    View this post on InstagramIt’s pumpkin 🎃 time. Starting this Thursday expect some spooky goings on in your feed . . . . . #cinderella #pumpkin #cinderellacoach #toytheatre #fairytale #toptoytuesday #theatre #benjaminpollockstoyshop #pollocksto…
    - 46 days ago, 31 Oct 19, 6:01am -
  • Second Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival

    Second Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival

    The 2nd Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival, taking place at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, NOVEMBER 8-10th, 2019 promises to expand on the inaugural edition as a new, interactive and participatory festival, where audience members can immerse themse…
    - 46 days ago, 30 Oct 19, 6:58pm -
  • Pontine Theatre: Exciting Improvements!

    Pontine Theatre:  Exciting Improvements!

    Pontine Theatre announces its 42nd Performance Season at its newly renovated venue located in Portsmouth's West End at #1 Plains Avenue. Audiences will enjoy ample free onsite parking and comfortable seating in the intimately-scaled, fully-accessible…
    - 47 days ago, 30 Oct 19, 6:21am -
  • Crankie Blues

    - 47 days ago, 30 Oct 19, 5:53am -

Puppet Heap

  • David Valentine F#%s It Up!
    Congrats to one of our very own,  the amazingly talented David Valentine!  David, a puppet designer, builder, artist, friend, colleague and favorite holiday,  has definitely not f#%ed up in the show F#%ing Up Everything!  Go see his puppets.…
    - 10 May 13, 10:31am -
  • Old Hats

    Old Hats

    If you haven’t seen it already, run, don’t walk to the Signature Theater and see David Shiner and Bill Irwin in “Old Hats.” It's sort of a revival of their big hit from a decade or so ago "Fool Moon'' and its just as good, if not better. The…
    - 8 May 13, 12:26pm -
  • Ray Harryhausen died today at 92
    I’m not really an animator or a special effects guy, but Mr. Harryhausen leaves behind a legacy that, for me, really serves as a kind of model or creative ideal to strive for.  I guess I admire that pioneering spirit of the auteur that he embodied…
    - 7 May 13, 7:47pm -
  • The End of an Era: Thoughts on the passing of Jane Henson
    "The end of an era."   That's what Lauren said before we silently went back to work after I announced Jane Henson's death to the shop yesterday.  In many ways it is. I never met Jim Henson, but very early in my career I was fortunate enough to me…
    - 3 Apr 13, 11:04am -
  • The Week of Fashion meets the Year of the Snake

    The Week of Fashion meets the Year of the Snake

    Last night, on the eve of the Year of the Snake (and in the midst of Fashion Week), legendary Roman jeweler, Bulgari, hosted the opening of a special exhibition at its Fifth Avenue boutique. Dedicated mainly to the iconic Serpenti line, the exhibit…
    - 11 Feb 13, 6:29am -
  • Wyatt Cenac Embraces his Inner Puppet

    Wyatt Cenac Embraces his Inner Puppet

    Tonight, Wyatt Cenac steps out of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and into our hearts.  Well, I don't know about our hearts, but certainly into our shop.  Okay that was months ago,  but, boy, did we have fun!  After we built the puppet versions o…
    - 14 Dec 12, 12:33am -
  • Imagine Dragons: "Radioactive"

    Imagine Dragons:  "Radioactive"

    Just yesterday we all got together in the shop to watch the music video for “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons as released on YouTube.  Despite Hurricane Sandy, which arrived the first day of shooting, it came out really well.  I want to commend…
    - 12 Dec 12, 1:39pm -
  • God hates puppets, or does He? Some reasons I am especially grateful this Thanksgiving.

    God hates puppets, or does He?  Some reasons I am especially grateful this Thanksgiving.

    It’s a ridiculous thing to try and make a living out of something like puppetry.  For me, it’s a living and it’s a passion, so naturally I can be pretty single-minded about it and often get frustrated when the going gets tough.  But of course…
    - 24 Nov 12, 4:58pm -
  • Maurice Sendak

    Maurice Sendak

    Thinking about the death of Maurice Sendak over the last few days, I'm struck by how much my generation owes his.  Mr. Sendak belongs to a small group of artists who, along with an even smaller group of forward thinking producers and editors , chang…
    - 12 May 12, 4:36pm -
  • At Last...

    At Last...

    Ever since I began making puppets, the best reactions have always been “I want one.” Well, now I can finally say, “Here, have one!” This week Puppet Heap releases Mother Hubbard Among Others, our first line of hand puppets designed for every…
    - 13 Oct 11, 12:44pm -

Puppeteers Unite

  • Get Inspired

    Get Inspired

    Day off today! Touring around this town enjoying amazing art.The post Get Inspired appeared first on The Creature Works Studio.
    - 28 Jun 19, 12:35pm -
  • Puppet Budgeting 101
    Before opening up the spreadsheet there are a few questions I want you to ask yourself: 1) How much does it cost (in materials) to build one puppet? 2) How long does it take to build a puppet?3) Do you know what your overhead is? I hope you answered…
    - 14 Jun 19, 2:36pm -
  • Why I Don’t Dye Antron Fleece

    Why I Don’t Dye Antron Fleece

    I use to be proud of the fact that every puppet I built I made by hand. Vacuum forming eyes, stripping feathers for individual hairs, cutting foam and dyeing fleece; I knew every square inch of that puppet before it was shipped. I had time …then I…
    - 29 Aug 18, 10:37am -
  • When Puppet People Meet

    When Puppet People Meet

    I met Kristi Ann Holt and her daughter yesterday on a Puppet/Fleece exchange 🙂  Kristi has her own studio –Anarkiti and builds amazing hand crafted puppets. It was a joy to chat and exchange horror/fun stories of puppet building.The post When…
    - 20 Sep 17, 12:09pm -
  • Starting anew…
    So I managed to integrate the old Puppeteers Unite! Blog on my personal blog. It would be a shame to have years of blog posts be obliterated. This Blog will be a little more personal and not only dabble in other topics but also showcase more of the b…
    - 5 Jun 17, 4:05pm -
  • Farewell. It was a great Ten Years!
    Today is our 10th Anniversary and the day I am announcing the closing of the Puppeteers Unite! Blog. First thing I want to address is that this is a personal decision. My children, wife and two full time jobs have made it harder and harder for me to…
    - 13 Dec 15, 1:52pm -
  • The Unsuited Podcast
    A Podcast for those who are Mascots characters or have ever dreamed of becoming one! The Unsuited Podcast is hosted by Matt, John and Morgan and is a great resource for anyone interested in Mascot work. They cover latest news, teach what they have le…
    - 12 Aug 15, 3:13pm -
  • Dead Panic Studios Presents: Monsters and Microphones Podcast

    Dead Panic Studios Presents: Monsters and Microphones Podcast

    I love listening to podcasts; especially those that deal with practical effects, puppetry and industry leaders! Monsters and Microphones is a new Podcast by Dead Panic Studios featuring hosts Christopher Vaughan (Dead Panic Studios- Co-Owner/Executi…
    - 23 Jun 15, 4:43pm -
  • JURASSIC WORLD: Building the Apatosaurus – Legacy Effects
    Its great to see puppets still being being used in Jurassic World. It reminds me of the triceratops in the first movie. Posted by Dallin BlankenshipThe post JURASSIC WORLD: Building the Apatosaurus – Legacy Effects appeared first on The Creature W…
    - 22 Jun 15, 9:29am -
  • Mastering the Marionettes!
    The Stan Winston School of Character Arts announced they are running a 2 day web course on Marionette building by none other than Scott Land!! I’ve signed up immediately for the course and hope to see you all there! SIGN UP NOW!! Also remember tha…
    - 18 Jun 15, 11:32pm -

Puppetring

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PUPPETRY NEWS BLOG

  • 'The Odyssey' in Singapore
    I have just returned from an inspiring two-weeks in Singapore, during which I worked on a production of Homer's "The Odyssey", which involved the students of Tanglin Trust High School drama department. Using acting, dance, music, puppetry and shadow…
    - 20 Jan 18, 5:34am -
  • Build That Wall Film

    Build That Wall Film

    It has been over six months time since I've written a post and much has happened this year. Probably the most significant has been my transition into stop-motion animation, which is a huge learning curve, even for an experienced puppeteer.I have been…
    - 27 Oct 16, 2:56am -
  • World Puppetry Day 2016
    'Je Suis Punch!' is a film we just completed for 'World Puppetry Day 2016' as a special dedication to to the freedom of expression in our world and the two young Spanish puppeteers, Alfónso Lázaro de la Torre and Raul García Pérez, who recently…
    - 20 Mar 16, 8:25am -
  • Continuation of the Spanish Saga...

    Continuation of the Spanish Saga...

    Abajo Puppet TroupeThe story is finally becoming a little more clear! Two young Spanish puppeteers Alfónso Lázaro de la Torre and Raul García Pérez, who trained at the Pepe Otal Workshop in Barcelona, are spending their fifth day in a Madrid pri…
    - 9 Feb 16, 6:46am -
  • Spanish puppeteers jailed for glorifying terrorism

    Spanish puppeteers jailed for glorifying terrorism

    Free the puppeteers campaign in SpainTwo puppeteers in Spain have reportedly been jailed, charged with “glorifying terrorism” during a children’s show in Madrid. Alfonso Lazaro de la Fuente and Raul Garcia Perez were arrested after staging a sh…
    - 8 Feb 16, 10:15pm -
  • Liz Swados - musician, playwright & puppetry activist dies

    Liz Swados - musician, playwright & puppetry activist dies

    Rachel Stern, director/ screenwriter Elizabeth Swados, and Sigourney Weaver attend HBO's "My Depression: The Up And Down And Up Of It" Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.It feels very strange indeed to be writing a piece…
    - 28 Jan 16, 11:35pm -
  • Long awaited update (Part One)

    Long awaited update (Part One)

    Poster from Tehran Workshops, November 2015Part One of my Journey - Iran and TurkeyIf I had to mention that this trip around the planet was the most inspiring and productive journey I have ever taken, you'd say "But you say that every time you travel…
    - 9 Dec 15, 12:59am -
  • Long awaited update (Part Two)

    Long awaited update (Part Two)

    Part Two of my Journey - EuropeFrom Istanbul, I flew to Paris to continue my exploration of 'Les Guignols de L'Info', the story behind the Canal + daily puppet satire, which I started shooting a year ago. As you are well aware, the past year's events…
    - 9 Dec 15, 12:58am -
  • Producing new online Puppetry Tutorials
    A series of new tutorials and workshop films are currently in production for our new website, Puppetry Films. These films, in both the paid and free sections, are being developed by our tutors across the globe to cater to the requests by puppeteers…
    - 31 Aug 15, 4:26am -
  • Call for Puppets for Peace and Diversity from Iran

    Call for Puppets for Peace and Diversity from Iran

    The International Puppet and Doll Museum first opened it's doors in Tehran, in September 2014 to mark the occasion of International Day of Peace. Peace provides equal opportunities for individuals when the prevailing cultural and social environment…
    - 13 Aug 15, 12:09am -

Spirits Dancing

  • Big Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten puppets

    Big Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten puppets

    I’ve continued to make large puppet heads of Australian politicians for Matt Armstrong. In December 2018 I finished one of Scott Morrison, who had just become Prime Minister after rolling Malcolm Turnbull. Fairly soon afterwards in March 2019 there…
    - 100 days ago, 7 Sep 19, 4:20am -
  • Roman breastplate

    Roman breastplate

    In September 2018 I made this Roman breastplate for The Fool Factory for the National Museum of Australia’s exhibition Rome:City and Empire. The Caesar character was used as a living statue performer, intended to reflect the Roman statues in the ex…
    - 6 Sep 19, 7:42am -
  • The Piano Creatures video
    I’m excited to present the video of The Piano Creatures that accompanies the creatures when they are on static display! At the moment they are in my show Glimpses of a Seabird Flying Blind at the Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville, until 29 April. The c…
    - 26 Mar 18, 1:16am -
  • Glimpses of a Seabird Flying Blind

    Glimpses of a Seabird Flying Blind

    I’m really happy and excited that my first gallery exhibition, Glimpses of a Seabird Flying Blind is opening tomorrow, 23 March at the Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville, continuing through to 29 April! It represents almost a year of work, and a new d…
    - 22 Mar 18, 7:21am -
  • Assorted props and costume elements

    Assorted props and costume elements

    Here are a few photos of costume elements and props I’ve made for The Fool Factory over the last couple of years. A new cover for the Giant Cherry! I love this photo because it looks completely photoshopped and surreal but isn’t. Finding the righ…
    - 27 Jul 17, 8:52pm -
  • Big Malcolm Turnbull and Barbnaby Joyce puppets

    Big Malcolm Turnbull and Barbnaby Joyce puppets

    It’s been a while… almost three years since I last posted. So some catching up. Following on from the ‘Real Big Tony’ Abbott puppet, I made a ‘Real Big Mal’ puppet head of Malcolm Turnbull (when he replaced Abbott as Prime Minister in Sep…
    - 27 Jul 17, 7:02am -
  • Biami and Dinnawhan

    Biami and Dinnawhan

    (Nakiya Smith as Dinnawhan and Maitland Schnaars as Biami. Photo credit: Angie To) For the Wiradjuri Echoes production Biami last year (see previous posts) I also made a mask and costume elements for Biami, and an emu puppet. In the creation story, B…
    - 10 Sep 14, 1:26am -
  • The Rainbow Serpent puppet for Biami

    The Rainbow Serpent puppet for Biami


    - 9 Sep 14, 2:43am -
  • Inca owl and tumi masks

    Inca owl and tumi masks

    These masks were made for walk-about performances by The Fool Factory at the National Gallery of Australia‘s festival during the Enlighten Festival, Canberra, March 2014. They were themed to go with the NGA’s exhibition Gold and the Incas. The ow…
    - 8 Sep 14, 7:15am -
  • Political puppets for Puppet Government

    Political puppets for Puppet Government

    I made four puppets of Australian politicians earlier this year – Abbott, Bishop, Turnbull and Hockey – for Puppet Government, an indie youtube parody series.  So far four episodes have been made, with more presently in the works. Here are some…
    - 7 Sep 14, 4:13am -

The Muppet Mindset

  • The NEW Muppet Mindset!

    The NEW Muppet Mindset!

    Greetings, Muppet fans! The Muppet Mindset, our extensive set of articles, interviews, and information has moved to a completely redone website courtesy of WordPress! We're extremely proud to showcase exciting new articles, newly formatted Weekly Mup…
    - 29 Aug 14, 2:52pm -
  • Michael Wermuth Remembers 5 Years of Articles

    Michael Wermuth Remembers 5 Years of Articles

    Michael Wermuth - Well, 2014 is a great year for Muppet anniversaries, whether there’s official celebrations or not. It is the 60th anniversary of The Junior Morning Show (thus the 60th anniversary of Jim Henson’s television career), 45th annive…
    - 25 Aug 14, 1:22pm -
  • News Update: August 22, 2014

    News Update: August 22, 2014

    AUGUST 22, 2014 Like all major celebrities seem to be doing this week, Kermit the Frog took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Kermit was challenged by WWE's Vince McMahon (and many a Muppet fan), and took to the challenge bravely and coldly. Watch below…
    - 22 Aug 14, 12:04pm -
  • Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Dog

    Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Dog

    DOGPerformed by...Brian HensonFirst appearance...The Storyteller Episode 101: "Hans, My Hedgehog" (1987)Most-Recent Appearance:The Jim Henson Hour Episode 110: "Secrets of the Muppets" (1992)Best known role...The Storyteller's canine companionWHO IS…
    - 20 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 7

    Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 7

    Written by Abigail Maughan.207—DENNIS QUAIDPLOT: While Kermit is forced to spend a disturbing evening with Gilbert Gottfried, Clifford feels unneeded when Dennis Quaid excels in all of his jobs.GUEST STAR: We have actor Dennis Quaid, who gets to re…
    - 19 Aug 14, 10:17am -
  • Yet Another Muppets Most Wanted Video Round-Up

    Yet Another Muppets Most Wanted Video Round-Up

    Last week, we shared a bunch of videos of Kermit, Pepe, and the Muppets giving interviews to promote Muppets Most Wanted on Blu-ray. Incredibly, that's not even half of the videos out there to enjoy. There are tons more videos of Kermit and pals shi…
    - 18 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • News Update: August 15, 2014

    News Update: August 15, 2014

    AUGUST 15, 2014It was announced this week that Constantine, the World's Most Dangerous Frog, would be appearing at Walt Disney World's "Villains Unleashed" event on August 23rd at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This announcement pretty much officially…
    - 15 Aug 14, 10:04am -
  • Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray Interview Round-Up!

    Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray Interview Round-Up!

    This week, Kermit the Frog and Pepe the Prawn went on a whirlwind tour of the media to promote Muppets Most Wanted on Blu-ray and DVD. Below are a whole bunch of fantastic interviews with the frog and the prawn and some other Muppets!First up, it's…
    - 15 Aug 14, 9:34am -
  • Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Mulch

    Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Mulch

    Written by Ryan Dosier.MULCHPerformed by...Kevin Clash (Muppets Tonight)Jerry Nelson (The Muppet Show)First appearance...The Muppet Show Episode 501: Gene Kelly (1981)Most recent appearance...The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)Best known role...Dr. Ph…
    - 13 Aug 14, 11:32am -
  • REVIEW: Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray

    REVIEW: Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray

    Ryan Dosier - Muppets Most Wanted will be released on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, and the release is absolutely worth your money. For those who don't know, the release of the latest Muppet feature film is packaged as "The Unnecessarily Extended Editi…
    - 11 Aug 14, 10:00am -

Tough Pigs

  • VCR Alert: Sesame Street at The Kennedy Center Honors

    VCR Alert: Sesame Street at The Kennedy Center Honors

    Sesame Street will be honored by the Kennedy Center this Sunday, December 15th!The post VCR Alert: Sesame Street at The Kennedy Center Honors appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 3 days ago, 13 Dec 19, 3:00pm -
  • Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 50

    Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 50

    As we finally reach Season 50, Sesame Street keeps trying. And they want you to keep trying, too.The post Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 50 appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 3 days ago, 13 Dec 19, 10:58am -
  • Bunsen and Beaker Present at The Game Awards

    Bunsen and Beaker Present at The Game Awards

    Watch as Bunsen and Beaker introduce a special guest at The Game Awards!The post Bunsen and Beaker Present at The Game Awards appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 3 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 11:30pm -
  • Vanity Fair Presents Sesame Street Impressions

    Vanity Fair Presents Sesame Street Impressions

    Your favorite Sesame Muppets impersonate each other.The post Vanity Fair Presents Sesame Street Impressions appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 2:06pm -
  • Caroll’s Carols: The Music of Caroll Spinney

    Caroll’s Carols: The Music of Caroll Spinney

    Caroll Spinney sure did sing some amazing songs - here are just a few of our favorites!The post Caroll’s Carols: The Music of Caroll Spinney appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 11:31am -
  • An Illustrated Day in the Life of Caroll Spinney

    An Illustrated Day in the Life of Caroll Spinney

    See some of Caroll Spinney's amazing original artwork from The Puppetry Journal!The post An Illustrated Day in the Life of Caroll Spinney appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 5 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 11:05am -
  • Memories of Caroll Spinney

    Memories of Caroll Spinney

    Caroll Spinney gave us so much, and he left behind a big legacy for a Big Bird.The post Memories of Caroll Spinney appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 6 days ago, 10 Dec 19, 11:56am -
  • Movin’ Right Along 235: Muppet Underwater

    Movin’ Right Along 235: Muppet Underwater

    Miss Piggy continues her water ballet fantasy as Kermit and Nicky serenade her.The post Movin’ Right Along 235: Muppet Underwater appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 6 days ago, 10 Dec 19, 4:00am -
  • What Can You Say About Caroll Spinney?

    What Can You Say About Caroll Spinney?

    It's hard to find words, but I thought of a few.The post What Can You Say About Caroll Spinney? appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 7 days ago, 9 Dec 19, 9:55am -
  • RIP Caroll Spinney

    RIP Caroll Spinney

    Caroll Spinney, the iconic performer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969 has passed away.The post RIP Caroll Spinney appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 8 days ago, 8 Dec 19, 12:55pm -
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