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  • Coming in July: The Smallest Show on Earth!

    Coming in July:  The Smallest Show on Earth!

    Coming up next month in July: The Geisel Library's annual Paper Theatre Festival, aka ..."the Smallest Show on Earth"!Every year, the UC San Diego Library hosts a Paper Theatre Festival, celebrating an art form with roots in Victorian Era Europe. Pa…
    - 2 Jun 19, 10:51am -
  • Dreamland Theater: Star Trek Marionettes

    Dreamland Theater:  Star Trek Marionettes

    Careful attention to detail and mastery of puppetry give Dreamland Theater appeal to a wide variety of audiences.From:  Saline Journal article by Dell Deaton This past December 16, 2018, Dreamland Theater in Ypsilanti Michigan hosted its second liv…
    - 13 Jan 19, 10:22pm -
  • Action Shot

    Action Shot

    From the film, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, this is a scene showing a mechanical prop operated off-stage that provides the illusion of a sea monster 'eating' a sailing ship.  What fun!Although this was meant in the film to be full-size, the s…
    - 3 Jan 19, 3:16am -
  • Focus on Toy Theatre: DAVID'S VOICE (film)
    David Worobec is a classically trained vocalist who performs musical theater on miniature stages. Not content to play merely one character, he sings and performs every part with the help of an ensemble of action figures he’s carefully cast in each…
    - 24 Dec 18, 4:44pm -
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    - 9 Dec 18, 1:46am -
  • Curious Contraptions: Now through January 20th

    Curious Contraptions:  Now through January 20th

    Going on right now is a fascinating, fun exhibition of automata at San Francisco's Exploratorium. The featured artists are from around the world, and have a wide variety of styles, of which only a few are shown in the above film clip.To find out mor…
    - 2 Dec 18, 3:04pm -
  • Shadow Smash Hit: Feathers of Fire

    Shadow Smash Hit: Feathers of Fire

    Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of…
    - 1 Sep 18, 12:36pm -
  • 6th International Toy Theatre Festival at Vischmarkt

    6th International Toy Theatre Festival at Vischmarkt

    I am happy to pass on that there will be another toy theatre festival in Harderwijk, Netherlands next month, May 9-11, 2018!The organizers, Harry and Tieneke Oudekerk, have shared:Eleven paper theater companies from the Netherlands, Germany, and Engl…
    - 30 Apr 18, 5:17pm -
  • Private Toy-Theatre Exhibition Opens in Preetz

    Private Toy-Theatre Exhibition Opens in Preetz

    About 50 toy theatres, hundreds of sceneries and tiny paper models - the lovely, private collection of Dirk and Barbara Reimers - has found an official home in the Heimatmuseum (Local History Museum)  in Preetz.All of the toy theatres have been part…
    - 24 Apr 18, 11:23am -
  • AutomataCon 2018

    AutomataCon 2018

    AutomataCon hasn't been around all that long. But it's picking up steam. There has been a growing renaissance around kinetic, mechanical art, aka automata, in recent years. All around the world. Enter Brett King, who decided it was time to showcas…
    - 12 Apr 18, 5:10am -

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.
    - 79 days ago, 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…
    - 93 days ago, 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 9 days ago, 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

  • newSome Old Muppet Titles Will Apparently Be on Disney+

    Some Old Muppet Titles Will Apparently Be on Disney+

    Here's the list, directly from Netherlands Disney+ Muppet Fan Twitter!The post Some Old Muppet Titles Will Apparently Be on Disney+ appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 15 hours ago, 14 Sep 19, 9:56pm -
  • newRUMOR: Disney World’s Muppet History Show to Close

    RUMOR: Disney World’s Muppet History Show to Close

    Sadly, it looks like "The Muppets Present... Great Moments in American History"... is history.The post RUMOR: Disney World’s Muppet History Show to Close appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 23 hours ago, 14 Sep 19, 1:19pm -
  • New Info and Images from Sesame Workshop’s Helpsters

    New Info and Images from Sesame Workshop’s Helpsters

    Here's what we know so far about Sesame Workshop's new puppet show!The post New Info and Images from Sesame Workshop’s Helpsters appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 2 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 12:30pm -
  • Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 37

    Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 37

    Abby moves to Sesame Street and Gina adopts a baby. But here's a crazy question: What do CHILDREN think of Sesame Street?The post Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 37 appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 2 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 11:53am -
  • Review – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Episodes 9&10

    Review – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Episodes 9&10

    We already have a pretty good idea what's going to happen to these characters. But that's not a bad thing!The post Review – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Episodes 9&10 appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 4 days ago, 11 Sep 19, 11:23am -
  • “Muppets Live Another Day” Will Not Live Another Day

    “Muppets Live Another Day” Will Not Live Another Day

    "Muppets Live Another Day" is dead right now. But "Muppets Now" is still coming another day!The post “Muppets Live Another Day” Will Not Live Another Day appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 5 days ago, 10 Sep 19, 7:31am -
  • Movin’ Right Along 222: What Is Jim Henson Eating?

    Movin’ Right Along 222: What Is Jim Henson Eating?

    "Night Life" concludes and Kermit & friends enter the very fancy Dubonnet Club.The post Movin’ Right Along 222: What Is Jim Henson Eating? appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 5 days ago, 10 Sep 19, 5:00am -
  • Review – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Episodes 7&8

    Review – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Episodes 7&8

    What do mind control, futuristic visions, genocide, and puppet shows have in common? Episodes 7 & 8 of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance!The post Review – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Episodes 7&8 appeared first on Muppet Fans Who G…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 19, 10:42am -
  • Sesame Gang Gets Insured With Farmers

    Sesame Gang Gets Insured With Farmers

    Bert and friends star in new videos for Farmer Insurance Group.The post Sesame Gang Gets Insured With Farmers appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 9 days ago, 6 Sep 19, 4:57pm -
  • Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 36

    Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 36

    Spoofs and parodies! Spoofs and parodies everywhere!The post Sesame Street: 50 in 50 – Season 36 appeared first on Muppet Fans Who Grew Up - Tough Pigs.
    - 9 days ago, 6 Sep 19, 10:14am -
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