I have a unified theory of puppet performance that I’ve taken to calling “Six Principles of Great Puppetry”. It’s been slowly simmering in my brain for at least as long as I’ve been writing this blog. I’ve written some posts over the years that discuss various aspects of it, which was inspired by Disney’s famous 12 basic principles of animation […]
Yesterday along with a few other Unraku puppeteers I took part in a puppet slam at CanZine, a very cool festival of underground culture in Toronto hosted by Broken Pencil magazine.
One of the most popular puppets on YouTube has got to be Achmed The Dead Terrorist, a creation of Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. Achmed is a brilliant idea for a character - even if Jeff's humour is sometimes questionable - but what I think really makes audiences respond to Achmed is the way Jeff performs him, especially the way he creates the illusion of thought and focus.
The National Theatre’s Warhorse features stunning puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. The puppetry of Warhorse – a runaway hit currently playing in London’s West End – is absolutely stunning (you can watch a video here). As longtime PuppetVision readers already know, I love this sort of very realistic, highly technical puppetry and I dare anyone to say they’re […]
Kanye West’s recent Glow In The Dark tour featured a giant animatronic creature built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Remember that big animatronic puppet that Jim Henson’s Creature Shop was building for Kanye West last year? Well, Sean – who along with his brother Patrick was part of the team that built the monster – sent in some links to […]
The puppeteers of Stuff-N-Foam perform at a Church fund-raiser in April, 2008. I haven’t featured any Christian puppetry here on PuppetVision for quite awhile, so what the heck…here’s a video of a group called Stuff-N-Foam lip syncing to Walk Like a Christian. Excessive hair twirling notwithstanding, it’s not bad. And how can you not love a group that calls itself […]
Brian Henson spoke with L.A. Weekly about the Jim Henson Company’s improv puppet work. L.A. Weekly recently sat down for a chat with Brian Henson. In the interview Brian talks about Puppet Up! Uncensored, which has one of its monthly shows at Avalon Hollywood in L.A. tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Via Tough Pigs.
Baltimore’s Annex Theater performs a “live episode” of the cult classic cartoon Space Ghost. Check out this video of Baltimore’s Annex Theater performing an episode of the cult classic cartoon Space Ghost live on stage with puppets (you can watch the original episode for reference purposes here). Just watch out for Dr. Nightmare and his army of Nightmare Creatures… Via […]
Some unconventional street theatre is being created with a giant animatronic spider in the UK. Take a look at CNN’s report of the incredible 50 ft spider that’s currently on the loose in England. Don’t worry, there hasn’t been an invasion of giant radioactive insects (yet) it’s just an elaborate piece of free street theatre that’s happening this weekend in […]
Highly trained chick rod puppets perform fantastic acts of daring-do. And now for your entertainment and amusement…the Amazing Acro-ba-chicks.