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National Day of Puppetry & World Puppetry Day

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 Celebrate March 21 and all month long! World Puppetry Day celebrates an art form that is as old as the beginning of humankind and is just as relevant today. Every culture has their own history and one is encouraged to borrow freely from each other. The heart of puppetry is a grand and glorious tradition that includes all, transcends languages, and unites the world in a way that is truly unique and powerful. Brian Hull President – Puppeteers of America  Puppeteers of America and UNIMA-USA are proud to present this National Day of Puppetry and World Puppetry Day taking place all over North America and brought to…

The best gorilla puppets and suits that nobody knew they saw…

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If you saw the film “Gorillas in the Mist” you watched scenes of mountain gorillas in the wild.  However, you might not realize that alongside footage of actual mountain gorillas, you were looking at one of the greatest feats of realistic puppet and creature making ever executed by a special effects crew. In  1985 I was the costume shop supervisor for make up effects artist, Rick Baker.  We were finishing up work on the film Harry and the Hendersons when news came that primatologist, Dian Fossey had been  murdered.   I remember I was sitting with several crew members when Rick…

Celebrating and Remembering Puppeteers Born in January – Part 2

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Part 2 of a list of puppeteers, all born in January.  A special thank you to Steve Abrams for putting this blog post together. Ernie Kovacs (Jan 23, 1919-Jan 13, 1962). Wildly innovative, out of the box , comedy genius of early TV. He sometimes used puppets. Lenny Suib was his puppetry mentor. You can see a clip on youtube form NBC Dec 1955 “Caputsa Kid in Outer Space” Pauline C Benton (Jan 25, 1898-Nov 22, 1974) Born in Kansas, Pauline studied Chinese shadow puppetry in Beijing. She founded the Red Gate Shadow Players in the 1930s, Her company toured…