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Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Fozzie Bear, Apr 14, 2002.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Hey, was wondering how many people (besides myself) we have around here who does puppetry rather frequently (performance or building or both? professional or for fun?).

    Later on!
  2. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member


    hey Foz,
    Yeah, I'm a professional puppeteer ( i hitnk you new that though) . Got a BFA in it and everything! No kidding! Work for Paper Moon Marionette theater as well as run my own company, Lionheart Puppet Co. I also do a lot of freelance building work and am treasurer for the Garden State Guild of Puppetry. You should check out my website, www.lionheartpuppets.com We have a lot of changes ot make to it still, but the basic idea is there.

  3. Bovegard

    Bovegard Member



    I do Puppetering to. I have my own puppet group at my church.

    I use Rod arm puppets.

    What kind of puppets do you use???

    :) First time I've been on this Forum.

    Bye for now,

  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hiya, I don't think I did know all that about you! That's pretty kewl, a BFA and everything!! KEWL! I have a BSA according to my friends, but we won't discuss that. I'm going to check out your webby site in a few.

    I just realized that the Mid-South Cartoonists Association website hasn't been updated in a few months, but the Photo Gallery has, and that's where all my puppets are, including the puppet I made of the elusive Dr. Lovemonkey for that pal o' mine who does that comic strip at Rock 103's website: www.rock103.com/crew/funnypages (not for the faint of heart). The cartoon versions of my puppets are there as well under the Muley icon.

    BTW, if you can use marionette puppets, man, you're my hero! I get all tangled up in the strings and just stink at it! Anyhow, if you check the pics you can see what kind of puppets I'm used to performing.

    I use the same kind of puppets, plus live hand puppets. It's great fun and I love it. If you go to www.midsouthcartoonists.com and check all the albums in the Photo Gallery, you'll see my puppets and costumes there, as well as figure out that Muley is my main character as he's EVERYWHERE!!

    Later on!
    De FOZ
  5. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member


    Yeah, tangles happen, but you get used tot hem...most of them. ou learn how to work with it and go with the flow. Mainly I like using rod puppets though and doing mask work. I love doin mask work I do a lot of work with hand puppets too. I've done some Muppet-style puppets. Just built some crude shadow puppets last night. I'm hoping to update my site soon, I should have some real cool stuff to put on there (Emporer's New Clothes, Little Red Hen, and The Hobbit) I'll let everybody know abotu it, when and if it ever gets the update. I've seen your work a few times (pics, that is) I like it. you look like you have a lot of fun and you've had some good opportunities. Talk to you later.


    BTW: I think I just settled on my avatar. You may have noticed it flipping back and forthe the last few days. What do you think?
  6. Iggy35

    Iggy35 Well-Known Member

    I've made a fair few puppets in my time and have puppeteered since around the age of 6! (For fun & video mainly)

    You know, I always used to think the following: The puppets I made weren't profesional or even good, because I made them from crap I found lying around the house.

    Then years later I think, heck..isn't that what they do at Henson?? I've used coke bottles, destroyed towels, made eyes from bathroom sealant, etc. I've never shopped for Antron fleece or Polyfoam, but still consider myself quite a good puppet builder. Plus, having to find alternatives keeps the imagination working overtime! :)

  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Re: foz

    Groovy new avontrol Matt!! Or, whatever that thing is called. I'm goin' back to sleep, man, nobody's landed.

    If we have another MuppetFest Muppet Central Get-Together, we need to make it a "Bring Your Puppet" night and everyone attending brings their puppet. Muley would enjoy that, also meeting other puppets that he hasn't met before.

    The only problem is that Muley starts hollering out, "Let me try it! Let me try it!"

    He doesn't understand puppetry that well yet, tho.

    FOZ de Kev
  8. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member


    Great idea Kev! Will Kermit heads be allowed again?
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Ummm...uh, ummm. I dunno. Kermit heads by itself? That might be a bit too much for Muley to handle. I'll let you have the idea and run with it.

    Muley has his little Kermit toy he plays with, and Buford the Dog has an orange puppet he calls Orangey in his own puppet shows (that's fun, performing your puppet performing his own puppet show)! I dunno, maybe if it's homemade.

    Muppet Central Puppet Meeting at MuppetFest2 should be at a place where there's non-greasy foods, and folks should bring their own HOMEMADE puppets methinks...and if it turns out to be a homemade Kermit or something, cool!

    But, hopefully none that's been beheaded. The Mule would get some indigestion over that. And do you know what it's like to get indigestion from raisin bran?? Ew.

  10. DrGoshposh

    DrGoshposh Active Member

    Hiya Foz,

    I too am a puppeteer, and hope to one day do it professionally. I have designed and built several characters. Some friends and I were planning to do a public access show, but they all jumped ship (they have some issues with motivation).

    I now plan to do a show all by myself (I have once before done a video with several characters where I shot each one individually, and then edited it together to look like they were all talking to each other. It turned out pretty good, but I think it could be really good with practice.). I'll let you know how it turns out.

    I love the pictures of Muley, by the way. I like his design very much.

  11. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Well-Known Member

    I've been making puppets for years. My last public performance was of Three Billy Goats Gruff in Mrs. Bruns's 2nd grade class back in the 1970s (I'm way too tired to do the math and come up with an exact date)-- but I do love to build 'em. Lately I've been making heads and getting excited about a new idea and starting the next head before I complete the body. Heads are always rolling around my studio! LOL If I ever manage to finish one of these guys I'll post pictures. I've only recently started working on foam puppets so I'm anxious for a little feedback.
  12. Jivepuppet

    Jivepuppet Well-Known Member

    hey Foz
    You already know I'm in puppetry/puppet making. I think it's great this thread started. We should all keep each other posted on our projects, there may come a time where we can all help each other out!
  13. Scrid

    Scrid Member

    29 years of performing, had a children's show on TV in Bakersfield CA in the 70s, work in the libraries now (going for my Master's), and I do hand/rod and shadows (I was always too clumsy for strings)
  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Hey Scrid, that's great! I hope one day to be able to say I've done something worth while!

    Jivepuppet--I think we should keep things updated on projects, sure! I don't really have much going on right now, and usually don't have much to tell until after the project is ready to begin (had too much stolen really). Currently, I'm scripting a big puppet show for Muley and the Gang and am considering doing it with a puppet stage or doing it where the puppeteers are visible like at Muppet Fest's Live Muppet Show. What do you all think?

    MuppetQuilter-Kewl on the puppet building stuff. I am also thinking about doing a series of puppet shows with Muley based on stories like that. I thought about doing some Biblical Scripts where Muley, Buford the Dog, and Roy Duck would be like Shadrack, Meshack, and Abendigo (I know they aren't spelled right), or they narrate a special puppet production about certain aspects of the Bible.

    Scott--On the motivation thing, I know EXACTLY what you mean! I can't get ANYBODY to follow thru with anything in Memphis. They all have dreams and desires, will talk about it all, but when given the chance, they freak out, chicken out, and back out. We (my buddy Lin and I, he's Beetlejuice in the pics at the site you looked at and found Muley) went downtown in Memphis one day and filmed Muley doing "Mule on the Street" things, making jokes about stuff going on, and interviewing folks. We even interviewed the mayor of Memphis and Mayor Herenton called himself a MULE!! LOL! It was great. It was amazing to me how well people took to Muley down there that day, and even more amazing how much I can get away with using that puppet. Thanks for the compliment! There's going to be some puppet re-builds going on in my cast soon. Frank N. Stern, a Frankenstein character, is going to lose that name as the puppet (but retain it as a cartoon character) and the puppet will become Frank Steinatra. I've recently become obsessed with Frank Sinatra for some strange reason.

    later all!
  15. Jivepuppet

    Jivepuppet Well-Known Member

    Sounds good, if anyone has any live performances, or videos, or anything they want to share we should list them here, for each others reference (and entertainment)
    As for myself, I'm working on a show, and a full length film with my puppets, both in preproduction.
  16. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Lucky. I'm still in the scripting processes for the big things; Muley in the meantime is making Celebrity Appearances...heh heh, and he ain't even a Celeb yet!! I don't understand it, but as long as people are liking it, I ain't gonna fuss!

    Was just invited to a big thing downtown next Wednesday night, and I have NO idea where, or what time. One of my friends will tell me though. I have great friends; too bad none of them are puppeteers.

    How and where do you find your puppeteers?

  17. Jivepuppet

    Jivepuppet Well-Known Member

    I kidnap people.

    Just kidding.
    Usually i get some frieds to help out, and my wife. I've got five people I can count on! I'm very lucky that my closer friends are interested in this stuff. Also if you're a member of Puppeteers of America you get a directory of all the members, many of them are willing to give a hand when they can (no pun intended).
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Lend a hand!! WOCKA WOCKA!!

    Hey, I have friends who want to help out, but they're not very coordinated, and there's only one PofA person local, but they don't return calls or mai!! Geez!

    Well, maybe I'll find some help soon!
    Later on!
  19. Jivepuppet

    Jivepuppet Well-Known Member

    I had to train some of my friends, so i understand where you're coming from in the lack of coordination department! POA members can be like that. I'm a member myself and have had a hard time with a few other members. Overall being in POA has been an excelent expirience, and I do recomend it to any puppeteer. Just the store alone is worth it.
  20. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Gravy Train---

    I tried to do some training, it just didn't work so well. I'll figure something out tho!

    P of A is a great place to be! I hope to ONE DAY make it to a festival.

    One day I'll be able to plan something for Nat'l Day of Puppetry here in Memphis, I hope. Get SOME attention back on puppetry.

    Later on!

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