So, I was watching this video about Disney’s Imagineers making an animatronic figure of Obama for the Disney Hall of Presidents. When Obama is recording his speech to the microphone, I couldn’t help but watch his hands and think that it was terrible puppetry technique.
And this is the real man.
If it were a puppet, I’d smack the puppeteer and tell them that the gestures were meaningless and to stop them.
And this is where things get interesting. As if they weren’t already. One of the 16,000 people who clicked through to see the GBoF works for the National Pork Producer’s Council. You think you can see where this is going, but I promise you that it is even less believable than that.
One of their big events is the Legislative Action Conference and they have a full-body puppet of Petunia Pig to do a meet and greet. Madhu Caesar, the program director for the NPPC had a problem. Their puppeteer had just been sent to the hospital with a broken leg and the Conference is today. She was frantically looking for a replacement and a chance link about a Giant Block of Foam and Bacon dropped her onto my site where she noticed the link to my puppetry reel.
Would I be willing to come to D.C. on short notice? Sure! I like D.C. and I like body puppets.
And then she dropped the kicker, “Of course it will depend on if we can get your security clearance fast enough.”
“The president will be there.”
My jaw dropped. Literally. I didn’t think that really happened.
Fortunately, my brother worked for the state department and I’ve apparently already got a file. Who knew surveillance could be handy?
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