When I began making puppets, long before i decided to set up Old Enough To Know Better Puppets and even think of building the custom puppets i have over the last year, all i wanted was to make a large replica of one particular muppet character. That was this guy... He was said to be amazing by a lot of people but as a puppet he has major flaws. His eyes are slightly misplaced, his eyelids are like flaps rather than a "round the eyeball" eyelid, his mouth is heavy cardboard, the wire for his eye mechanism is easily bent, and above all else he is just too **** big. So he has been sitting as a poser for most of the time with just a couple of runouts as a working puppet for very short stints due to the strain he puts on the hand. So, finally, in the middle of the other orders I'm working on, I have started rebuilding Animal as he should be. The skull is more or less complete, with the looser jaw, bags under correctly placed eyes and a working eyebrow mechanism made of steel wire that can only be bent with pliers. Here are the first pictures of his "naked" head. I'm expecting to make a start on feathering him later this week. I'll update the pictures along the way as the major stages are completed.