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How long of a snout is too long?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by bluebomber95, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. bluebomber95

    bluebomber95 Member

    Hey guys. I'm building a live-hand hippo puppet and I was wondering how long to make the snout. I want him to be large, but I don't want his snout to be too long so that it doesn't move slow. If you don't understand what I mean, think about the Elton John "Crocodile Rock" number on The Muppet Show. The large crocodile's mouth movements weren't matching the syllables of the lyrics very well, and I want superior control to that puppet. Now, I wasn't going to make the snout that large to begin with, but I hope you understand my worry of losing some of a character's expressiveness. So, overall, how long do you think the puppet's snout should be for a hippo somewhere in between Fozzie and Bobo? Thanks a ton!
  2. Melonpool

    Melonpool Active Member

    I have a crocodile puppet that I built a few months ago that has a 10-inch snout. I haven't noticed any problems with the lip synch on him, if that helps you to figure out the sizing.
  3. bluebomber95

    bluebomber95 Member

    Yeah, I pretty much figured it out in the days since I posted here. I'm just gonna keep the snout light and have some real nice finger holes. Thanks a lot, though!

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