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Inside the Blinking Eye

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Puppetplanet, May 7, 2004.

  1. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    Ever want to see the inside of a blinking eye puppet? Me To.... so I purchased an old beat up looking 1970's Animal Muppet that no one else wanted on Ebay. I'm sure that he had plenty of play with happy children and adults thru the years..... but his time has come and gone.

    If your sensitive to the demise of a puppet then please do not visit the link provided as you may become upset. I apologize to anyone who finds this offensive.


    I hope this is helpful to builders like me who are in pursuit of further education in puppet construction.


    PS: You can also access this link from the "Build Your Own" page of my website where you may find other tips, diagrams, and ideas to guild you in your quest for knowledge. Go Forth And Prosper. :p
  2. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    This is really great! :)

    The only thing I noticed is that some of the pictures at the bottom of the page didn't load. Oh and I'm stuck on dial-up for a few days and the size of the pics are huge (each one is about 3mb I think) so it took over fifteen minutes to download them all. Great stuff though.
  3. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I didn't even think about that. I just slapped it together on my site while I was eating lunch.

    I'm working on a few projects, but I'll see what I can do about making it easier to load over the weekend.

  4. zoetrope

    zoetrope Well-Known Member

    Very cool, thanks for posting that.

    As far as picture size goes, you might want to keep those (huge) picture files online, but create a page of thumbnail jpgs that are shrunk down to the size you have them resized to in your table, with a link to the big picture. Did that sentence make any sense at all? :halo:
  5. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    LOL.... ummmmm, no it didn't.

    But I tried something else. It's all one jpg file now. Hey Buck, try it again with your dial up and let me know how it goes. Any Better?

  6. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that seems to load more quickly. Not sure what software you have for image editing, but what Zoetrope is suggesting is that you use each big picture (say "animal_pic_1.jpg") and resize it to a smaller, more managable size as save the reduced pic under a different filename (like animal_pic_2_sm.jpg). Then post the small pic on your web site but link it to the big picture (animal_pic_1.jpg"). When users click on the small picture the big one will load in their web browser.

    If you have a WYSIWYG editor like Frontpage or Dreamweaver it should have an feature that does this automatically for you.

    Make sense?
  7. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    Okay, yeah.... I get it. But I don't have a lot of space for my site and wouldn't that option require extra space for two photos of each of the 15 shots... making that 30 photos... yikes! Thats alotta space!

    If the way I've done it here works, then I think I'll leave it this way. I'm not ready to spend the extra cash for an upgrade just yet. :p
  8. Show and Tell

    Show and Tell Well-Known Member

    Thanks PP those are very detailed pics. Even I can understand how it works;) I found the pic of your toes to be the most upsetting part though.....is that cheese in there?....JK :p
  9. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    Awwww, thats just WRONG! :cry:

    Thats not cheese, thats stuff from sticking my foot up your.... well, anyway, I think the link is about to be broken. :mad:

  10. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    If the original images are still on your site they must be eating up well over 10 mb. If space is a concern then cut down the size of the large images to something like 640 x 800 pixels - big enough for most people unless it's something really detailed that has to be bigger. Do that before inserting the images in to your HTML program. Resizing pictures in an HTML editor doesn't actually reduce the filesize of the images unless there's a "resample" button you can click.
  11. Show and Tell

    Show and Tell Well-Known Member

    Yes PP I've missed you too:D
  12. fishbone

    fishbone Well-Known Member

    :halo: good bye
  13. Phantom

    Phantom Well-Known Member

    PP, you sadistic beast....just kidding... very informative and appreciated.
  14. Hey, I have one of those puppets, and you don't have to take it appart, I just looked inside the hole for your hand, and figured it out, But since it was for the sake of puppet builders, i guess its ok. The poor puppet. :cry: :halo:
  15. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    Well, I have two of these Animal puppets. Hmmm, let me correct that... I HAD two *laughing* and if there was anyway to provide my building friends with the same quality information on blinking eye puppets, then I would have.... but you can't see enough of the inside mechanism from the hole in the back to get a good working perspecitve of it's features and structure.

    Besides, Animal was a lot worse looking in person than he was in the photos provided for the auction I bid on. So, I made good out of an otherwise disappointing purchase. ;)
  16. gfarkwort

    gfarkwort Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the links. I just complited a "test" Puppet that blinks thanks to your site.....It's Awesome
  17. Infinity Sirius

    Infinity Sirius Well-Known Member

    What did you search for on ebay when you were looking for this Animal puppet? Were there any others made besides Animal and what company made them?
  18. gfarkwort

    gfarkwort Well-Known Member

    I know the answers..........Fischer Price made them.......there were NOT any other characters made.......and you can find them in Puppet, Muppet, Henson, and Animal on ebay.
  19. Iokitek

    Iokitek Well-Known Member


    ...How do you control the eyes seperately then? I know you can't with this one but how would you be able to do that? And how do you also make the lower eyelids move up so the upper and lower eyelids meet in the middle?

    Hope you all understand what I mean.

    I'm wrecking my brain over this actually. Not to mention the ears folding like animals have. I know I need to make some sort of skeleton inside the head. But I just don't want it to come down to using animatronics because I don't know anything about electronics.

    Maybe I also want to do too much. I can already envision myself crawling after my puppet in a green room with a green suit and green make-up on. ;)
  20. afarq

    afarq New Member

    Blinking eyes

    Thanks so much for posting those pics. I have been wondering for some time how to go about getting the eyes to move. In answer to the previous post, if you explore the website further, you'll find some diagrams and pictures of blinking eyes where, if I recall correctly, the bottom lids rise to meet the top ones. (I may be wrong). :confused: But again, very helpful, thanks alot!

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