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How does Cookie Monster work?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by unheard, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. unheard

    unheard Member

  2. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie New Member

    I completely agree with you. I never liked him as much after they rebuilt him with a stiff "duck bill" mouth rather than the floppy mouth that you could manipulate with your fingers. They have gone back to more of the rounded shape for his mouth as opposed to the more squared off version.

  3. Gerbert

    Gerbert Member

    I have A blue bathmat Thats the same fur they used For cookie. I'll take a pic. And post it tommorow. I'm gonna Build a Cookie Next week.
  4. Gerbert

    Gerbert Member

  5. I've noticed Cookie Monster has a sorta neck-collar of foam to help keep the shape for the fur body draped below, which is more noticable in some incarnations of the puppet than others, but I can't tell if there's any foam for the hands or wrists. It's hard to tell their size with the fur. Anyone know?
  6. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie New Member

    I think I posted this somewhere a long time ago, but it's easier for me to just type it again than search for it.

    There is no foam for the hand or wrist. There is a full glove sewn to the inside of his mouth that the puppeteer puts his hand into. Especially in the earlier Cookie that we were talking about where there was no mouth plate, that was the only way to control him. Also, it leaves the area where the back of his mouth is open clear to be able to put things down into it.

  7. Gerbert

    Gerbert Member

  8. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie New Member

    You can even clearly see which side the opening is on in that video. It's the right side so it was easier for Frank's left hand to stuff things into it.

  9. unheard

    unheard Member

    can any one post please ( if possible ) a x-ray of cookie monster. e.g gloves in side / head shape / body ( if there is one ? )

    what type of glove do you think they used black gloves ?
    but they maybe to small.

    rubber gloves are the right size i would guess but would be very hot ?
  10. Melonpool

    Melonpool Active Member

    I think I read somewhere that it was a garden glove attached to deflated basketball. Am I remembering that right?

    Here's what i envision the glove looking like:

  11. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie New Member

    I don't know about the deflated basketball, and I never saw the glove (didn't turn him inside out), I only felt it. It could have easily been a garden glove, because those are very easy to slip on your hand.

  12. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    There are probably no "inside the head" photos since the building of the character is a secret. Building a Cookie Monster will be a trial by error process no matter how you look at it.

    I would suggest using cheap fabric and creating the puppet using the Borsha Puppet pattern found at Project Puppet as a starting point.

    I don't know if someone else already posted this link but it goes through the process of building a "cookie monsteresque" type puppet:
    http://www.consumermonster.com/ (click on the DIY title located on the left hand column) Although crudely built... and it looks nothing like Cookie Monster....it should provide you with a clear understanding of the process. I think I would have used contact cement instead of green painters tape to keep the foam pieces together. LOL Needless to say a alright tutorial.

    Anyway, once you get the basic pattern; then simply dismantle the puppet and use the pieces as your pattern to create (in good) the Cookie Monster of your dreams. :)

    Hope this helps some of you.
  13. unheard

    unheard Member

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