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  • Iconic Model Theatre Needs Good Home!

    Iconic Model Theatre Needs Good Home!

      Incredible infrastructure!  Wiring, controls, lighting, spotlights, fades - you name it, it has it...A few weeks ago I was contacted by email about a Model Theatre that is looking for a good home. The model is described as a Model Cinema/Theatre…
    - 21 Mar 17, 6:55am -
  • X-Men Wolverine as a Puppet

    X-Men Wolverine as a Puppet

    Australian star Hugh Jackman, well-known for his role as Wolverine, was recently in Taiwan to promote the film Logan. At a press conference there, he was given a Taiwanese glove puppet in the likeness of his X-Men character from the film company, 20t…
    - 9 Mar 17, 5:19am -
  • A Portrait of the Puppet Master as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Puppet Master as a Young Man

    Barnaby Dixon is a very talented young man, with an innate ability to create both visually (puppets) and orally (character voices), as well as write/ad lib some VERY funny stories for his puppets. Check his videos out to see for yourself...
    - 8 Mar 17, 1:09am -
  • A New Toy Theatre is Born: HAMILTON

    A New Toy Theatre is Born:  HAMILTON

    The toy theatre includes a great example of pre-restoration (2013) interior architectural accuracy...[Photo Credit:  Kelli Kirk]Last week, one very lucky little boy received a rare Christmas gift nowadays:  A toy theatre. Not only was it a toy thea…
    - 30 Dec 16, 4:45pm -
  • Rebel Red & The Wolf

    Rebel Red & The Wolf

    Red encounters the WolfJoe GladwinPresentsREBEL RED & THE WOLFSunday, January 8, 2017[See Details by clicking on poster on the right]Rebel Red lives with her mum Penny and her dad Will  in the a sleepy country village. Penny runs the community shop,…
    - 16 Dec 16, 2:38am -
  • Mouse Shops by Anonymouse

    Mouse Shops by Anonymouse

    "Am I too late?" Mr. Mouse wonders.  It looks like he is - the door is locked, the lights are out, and no one answers..."Mrs. Mouse will be very disappointed," Mr. Mouse mutters to himself as he leaves...The mouse shop in-the-making.  The creative…
    - 11 Dec 16, 1:41am -
  • Toy Theatre Aficionado: Ulrich Chmel

    Toy Theatre Aficionado:  Ulrich Chmel

    A wonderful video of a toy theatre production by Ulrich Chmel of Vienna, Austria...Here we see Ulrich with a nifty idea - a wearable toy theatre!  He appears to be doing some audio effects with a tambourine/drum and singing.  I think he is doing a…
    - 5 Oct 16, 10:30pm -
  • Great Small Works: NEW SHOW!

    Great Small Works:  NEW SHOW!

    We are delighted to announce that La MaMa, in association with Great Small Works, presents our newest show,  Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls From October 28th through November 6th, 2016. Please come, invite your friends, and support this…
    - 15 Sep 16, 5:44am -
  • The Gnomist
    Deep in the forest of Overland Park, KS, little gnomes made a home. But how did they get there? This is the story of paying it forward, one little house at a time. A Great Big collaboration with filmmaker Sharon Liese and CNN Films, present The Gnomi…
    - 10 Jul 16, 1:31pm -
  • Ma'agalim (Circles) / Jane Bordeaux (Artist)

    Ma'agalim (Circles) / Jane Bordeaux (Artist)

    Jane Bordeaux, a band based in Tel Aviv, has launched a Hebrew language music video for “Ma’agalim”, using a rotating penny arcade entertainment machine to explore the concept of cycles. A wooden doll, stuck in place and time, is overtaken by e…
    - 25 Jun 16, 5:50pm -

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

  • Farewell. It was a great Ten Years!

    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

    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 -
  • Picture of the Day!

    Picture of the Day!

    Master of Puppets: Bil Baird, an American Puppeteer in India, 1962
    - 13 Jul 15, 11:05am -
  • Picture of the Day!

    Picture of the Day!

    Bucket-Tabletop rod puppet by Mathieu René
    - 8 Jul 15, 8:35am -
  • Picture of the Day!

    Picture of the Day!

    FABRIC SCULPTURE by Lisa Lichtenfels The Sea Queen
    - 7 Jul 15, 9:49am -
  • Picture of the Day!

    Picture of the Day!

    Dutch artist Rosa Verloop creates these fantastic sculptures that are made of nylon stockings. She tucks them with pins and molds them into human like figures.
    - 3 Jul 15, 8:57am -
  • Picture of the Day!

    Picture of the Day!


    - 2 Jul 15, 10:06am -
  • Picture of the Day!

    Picture of the Day!

    Head of the Ram-Bamana wood puppet.
    - 1 Jul 15, 12:19pm -
  • Picture of the Day!

    Picture of the Day!

    William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Salzburg Marionette Theatre.
    - 30 Jun 15, 9:15am -
  • Picture of the Day!

    Picture of the Day!

    Gus White with his characters- Check out more about Gus and his Punch and Judy Puppets HERE.
    - 29 Jun 15, 8:58am -

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PUPPETRY NEWS BLOG

  • 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 -
  • Puppetry Films portal officially launched
    We are proud to announce the launch of a brand new web portal housing, Puppetryfilms.com containing:
• puppetry tutorials
• workshops
• documentaries• theatrical puppetry
• stop motion animation• puppetry film archive
Many of us…
    - 9 Aug 15, 3:33am -

Spirits Dancing

  • 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…
    - 20 days ago, 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…
    - 20 days ago, 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 -
  • Tony Liar Pants on Fire puppet : Hands and flames

    Tony Liar Pants on Fire puppet : Hands and flames

    I’ve recently made new hands for the Tony Liar Pants on Fire puppet, as well as some flames to accompany his smoking pants. Meanwhile he has appeared at a rally at the ANU to protest Abbott’s changes to higher education, and the March Australia p…
    - 5 Sep 14, 1:52am -
  • Videos of the giant Abbott puppet
    Here are 3 videos of the giant Tony Abbott puppet at the Bust the Budget rally last Sunday. Abbott ripping up a promise: Abbott arrives at the rally: Tony ‘liar,liar pants on fire’ Abbott breaking promises in front of the crowd:
    - 12 Jul 14, 4:32am -
  • Giant Tony Abbot puppet: Liar, liar, pants on fire!

    Giant Tony Abbot puppet: Liar, liar, pants on fire!

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been involved with the making of a giant 3 metre tall protest puppet of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, with the theme of Liar, liar, pants on fire. Matthew Armstrong, who came up with the concept, brought together th…
    - 11 Jul 14, 7:59pm -
  • Mass shootings: a cultural narrative
    The rest of the civilised world and particularly Australia (with the smugness akin to the reformed smoker), see gun control as the blindingly obvious solution to mass shootings in America. I certainly do, and I’m aware many Americans do too. Aside…
    - 28 May 14, 9:05pm -

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 -

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