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Archive for the puppets Category
I loved that cover…then realized I’m such a collector-nerd that I had a whole bunch on vintage ventriloquism book covers…who knew?
Have I mentioned that I love interesting dolls and puppets? I like to see the way people give form to the creatures in their heads. I got an email from the creator of The Mutees; handmade balsa wood jointed puppets.
Such unique little characters…almost cute…almost disconcerting…
See more here.
Tired of the same old specials on TV? Here are some alternatives.
Let’s kick things off with this warped and wonderful “Spumco Christmas Card,” by Ren and Stimpy mastermind John K.:
I believe this claymation video was supposed to be aired on TV, but was actually cut (perhaps due to the kiddies getting beaten up?):
If not for my dear, talented friend J.E. Larson, I would not have remembered this 1950 rendition of “The Night Before Christmas.” PUPPETS!
Mr. Larson also made sure I didn’t skip the priceless Nativity Scene (this is just the first part, see the youtube sidebar for links to the rest):
And now to go waaaaaaay back to 1898, a simpler time, before Christmas was about Xboxes and iPads:
For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the 1968 Terry Gilliam Christmas Card:
And here’s a suggestion from My Pink Planet; a post-apocalyptic anti-war cartoon in which forest critters rebuild a world after the humans have destroyed it.
We’ll top things off with a gelatin Christmas tree from none other than Charles Phoenix, whom you may remember from his fantastic Fried Cereal video:
Are you ready for the puppet show of the year? Puppets are not just for children I assure you. I found a great post detailing the as-yet elusive production of The Narrative of Victor Karloch.
The Narrative of Victor Karloch is a non-profit traveling stage show presented in the style of an eerie Victorian triptych puppet theater. The three original stories in the show are about 15 minutes in length and are written in the classic gothic horror tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, M.R. James and Algernon Blackwood. The show benefits The Art of Elysium, a charity that encourages artists to help children battling serious medical conditions.
[The show] uses 30″ tall rod puppets, traditional shadow puppetry (woodcuts designed by Eisner Award-winning graphic novel artist Gary Gianni), rear-projected elements and full scale insert props to present the adventures of Victor Karloch, an alchemist, scholar, and ghost hunter, as he battles the supernatural forces of the Unknown.
Here is the trailer:
I can’t wait for this production!
I’m not much of a facebooker, but I don’t want to miss information and show listings so I actually joined the film page here.
Check out more info about the production and the star-studded cast here.
This is directly from the files of Dream Collaborations I’ve Envisioned, but Never Thought I’d Actually Get to See.
I cannot think of a more perfect team to utilize the museum’s contents in film. I’m eager to see the results.
“Our films are dark fairy tales with elements of grotesquerie and the pathological,” Stephen Quay said on a recent afternoon.
Timothy added, “We set them in a twilight world, midway between sleep and wakefulness.”
See the Brothers’ last incredible exhibition I visited in NY here.
I hope people don’t mind these desktop image posts. They are lots of fun for me, and allow me to post things that don’t necessarily warrant their own entry.