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Worst/creepiest puppets/puppeteer work

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mr3urious, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    For every good puppet like the Muppet Show or Puzzle Place characters, there are dozens of awful ones. Here's what I think are some of the worst:

    - These ones come from an awful, low-budget, straight-to-video SS wannabe called Peppermint Park. The human characters especially look ugly with their shrunken, realistic heads; linebacker shoulders; and monkey mouths. Witness the valley that is most uncanny.

    - These Christian puppets sing about their non-resemblance to monkeys. I think they're right on the money, don't you? :D

    - I didn't know Fizzgig could speak, and was German!

    - Those teeth! :eek:

    - Ick! Terrible lip sync, hard-to-hear voice over the loud music, and a downright horrifying puppet design!

    Share your thoughts here.
     
  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the "Helping Hands" video from England? It's chock full of hideous puppets.
     
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  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I hate to say it, but there are quite a few ugly characters on Letter People... but some that really overcome the handicap of their budget (the second Monty Swell puppet was very nice... looked better than some of the other characters). But unlike THOSE shows, it really didn't matter. The writing was fairly clever (i picked up watching a few episodes on YT), and after a while, when the budget allowed, they had some really good ones.

    Buyt here's an example of what I mean...
    This was from the first episode Note how generic Melissa looked...

    But they got better as time went on, and again, the writing was clever enough to save their handicap.

    Now Peppermint Park is an abomination. And naming one of the Characters "Ernie"... really. If there's one thing I've always hated is Puppets= kid's television because Sesame Street= kids television and Sesame Street=puppets. It also = cash grab. That said, I also can't say all that many nice things about New Zoo Revue... those are some UGLY characters... at least the Hippo is just dreadful looking. And I don't like the clear bulbs with eyes rolling around in them either... ick. However, there's a blooper that I CANNOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ever show here that came about the final day of taping that was so disgustingly raunchy and hilarious, I actually have a small respect for the show.

    But those Christian puppet shows... not getting against the religion at all, but Vegitales and 321 Penguins they are NOT. Unenjoyable on EVERY level. And Dogmatic at worst. Not relatable.
     
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Some of you HAVE seen how my Squirrely Squirrel puppets have turned out right? I believe that right there is enough proof that of my lack of construction skills. :smirk:

    As for creepy puppets, I hate to admit, but even Henson and the Kroffts had their share of abominations... on the Henson side, there was Bozark the Elephant from Animal Jam... kinda creepin'. Then, I don't know, for some reason after the respective television show and movie in the early 70s, the Pufnstuf puppets didn't look good at all until more recent years; the puppet used at last year's TV Land awards was the best looking Puf puppet since 1970, IMO.

    Goriddle Gorilla from The Great Space Coaster isn't exactly an attractive puppet either.

    Just goes to show you, and I believe it was Boris Badenov who said "There's a little bad in everything good."
     
  5. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    And let's not forget early Big Bird and Snuffy. *shudders*
     
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yeah... had I been a kid when the first Snuffy was introduced, I probably would've been scarred for life, lol.
     
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  7. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

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  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You know what the worst part about that puppet show is? There is NO WAY to keep a straight face when they say "Do we come from monkeys" and NOT make any obvious "Of course you do, you cheap pieces of felt" comments about them.
     
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  9. The most disturbing puppets I recall seeing are the puppet versions of The Wiggles. I saw them on YouTube because the video came up in the related videos while I was looking for Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock videos.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVV4h38wnMI

    It must be the giant eyes and those freaky smiles. Anything that looks that happy must be up to somethin'!
     
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  10. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Ah yes the good old days when adults willingly dressed up in embarrassingly silly costumes just to entertain the kids, hehe. You almost never see that now, it's almost all CGI, pft! ; )

    I do think these Anti-Drug PSA commercial puppets qualify as creepy (especially the drug dealer at the end of the first one ::shivers:: )

    Hip Choice
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV6PM8KjBZg

    We're Not Candy (What can I say about this one that hasn't already been said, it's classic!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3zds9zaDBc
     
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  11. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Canadians are weird indeed, especially French-Canadians. :) Cornemuse reminds me so much of Zoobilee Zoo, too.

    If pills start singing to you, then maybe you're on some other type of drug. :D
     
  12. muppet maniac

    muppet maniac Well-Known Member

    3 words:

    Meet the Feebles.

    That's all. :smirk:
     
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Isn't that an oxymoron, sort of like "The Atheist who Believed in God" from the movie Inherit the Wind?
     
  14. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.

    ; )

    For many Christians it is not considered an oxymoron. I went to a Christian school all my life and we were taught both religion and evolution. But on the other hand yes, it could be interpreted as an opposite yet similar oxymoron to Inherit the Wind. That's an interesting observation. : )
     
  15. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Ooo yeah I remember Zoobilee Zoo, that's exactly what I'm talking about, lol. Weird indeed! :crazy:

    That would be a new level of weird, yes. :concern:
     
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  16. JaniceFerSure

    JaniceFerSure Active Member

    From the 70s tv show Vegetable Soup, is the puppet segment called 'Outerscope'.

    http://www.vitalrecipe.com/view/akdg2i356/vegetable-soup-outerscope/

    The show Thunderbirds:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFb4IVLXDss&feature=related


    I absolutely agree about the puppetry on HR Pufnstuff.

    Although I have a very open mind when I comes to the different mediums used in all variations of puppetry, I do find that the afore mentioned clearly proves that lack of skill and low budget were an issue when making and using these puppets. I would very much like to see, if the case were to ever happen, that these shows were brought up to modern-age, how much they would improve. One can only dream of such an occurrence.:smirk:
     
  17. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member


    Oh yeah definitely can't have a discussion about weird puppetry without mentioning these two, lol.

    I know what you mean, clearly they had to work with low budgets and all. Still I admire their motivation despite the challenges and find their low budget-ness rather quirky and charming, hehe.

    I'm still stuck on the old PSA commercials for some reason, any thoughts on these guys?

    "Same But Different"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvccCl-vsU4
     
  18. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

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