Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Kermit

This is one of my favorite Sesame Street videos. The song totally sticks in my head. Plus, at 1.01, if you watch the lower right corner of the screen, Jim Henson’s head flashes for a moment. First time I’ve seen that.

Cookie Monster on NPR

PuppetVision Blog pointed out that Cookie Monster was on NPR yesterday. There’s a long tradition of puppet characters appearing on radio, but we are lucky that the wise folk at NPR also made a short video of Cookie answering the famous Proust Questionnaire. You can listen to the whole interview at the same link. “C” …

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Vikings raid bookstore

I gave my nephew the first book in the Strongbow Saga and the moment he finished it, he made his dad go to the bookstore to get book two. He’s been whining, wondering when book three would come out. Here’s the answer.

Repetative Dialogue

((Spotted at Genevieve Valentine’s)) You know you’ve read scenes exactly like this which were written in earnest. Cut the repetition and don’t say the obvious. Unless you are Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry, in which case you are fintastically fintastic.

The Sinking of the Lusitania

When I was in college, we were shown this very early example of animation. Made in 1918, Winsor McCay wanted to show the horror of Lusitania’s sinking. I was talking with a friend about it and she’d never seen it so I hit the wonders of YouTube. Behold! I hadn’t seen this newsreel with making-of …

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Classic Christmas Puppetry From Richard Teschner

PuppetVision Blog pointed out this stunning video by Richard Teschner. There are a couple of things you need to understand before watching this short film. It was filmed in 1916, so it is very early cinema. It is also not stop-motion. Both of those things are cool. What is significant though is that Richard Teschner …

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Tempest build, Day Two

Hello, learning curve, my old friend. We focused on the intestines today. Starting by inserting the El wire into our latest concoction and looking to see if we liked the way it glowed. Behold! Something that looks good with the lights off and on. In this shot, the El wire is lit, but we are …

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Twelve Days of Christmas

I sometimes tell people that I had a Norman Rockwell upbringing. Our Christmas tradition explains it. For over fifty years, my extended family gathers at Woodthrush Woods, the house that my dad’s parents built, for Christmas dinner. The number of guests ranges from 20-35 people, and we hoot and carry on. First Robby (my namesake …

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Chattanooga Spaceship

In Chattanooga, when we go to visit my cousins on Signal Mountain, we always pass this spaceship. Seriously. Well, okay, it’s a house shaped like a space ship, but still. There’s an article online about it, which includes this handy video showing the inside of the Spaceship House. I’d always wondered about it. Clearly, I’m …

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More fishy stuff

Emily DeCola has been hired to create puppets for the African Children’s Choir. She started with these design drawings and has hired me to help her build the puppets. My primary job on the fish is to take her drawings and translate them into patterns that can be quickly reproduced for the sixteen fish puppets …

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