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Updated: 2014-10-01T03:36:14.918-04:00


Project Puppets 2011 contest winner


And the winner is Emerson Bartholamew Toppit!

This amazing puppet is the creation of Larry Merrill. Larry used the Pinhead pattern from Project Puppet. His dummy's name is Pete. Pete's mouth is controlled by trigger on the rod arm. Very impressive design.

Be sure to checkout all the other contest entries. All of them are very creative.

Boxcar Fair Project


Here's a music video project for the group Little Tybee. The Artist behind the video will be Tom Haney. Check out his site, his work is amazing! The blog for this project is here.

This is going to be a fun project to follow!


Umbilical Brothers


Having a 5 year old I have watched the upside down show on NickJr. The Umbilical Brothers are very physical comedians. Their level of creativity/craziness is impressive to me. They can get very far out side the box. Check out the two examples of their Adult material below. The upside down show is very clean.

Taxi race driver
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Somethin' Special for the Children?? (Language Warning)
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Wow does he rock or what! Check out Spock here…

Mike Chiechi's Blog

Super nice work! And congrats on the meet!

Puppet Contest 2010


Project Puppet has announced this years Puppet Contest. The theme this year is Heroes and Villains. Great theme, I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Click here to go check out the patterns.

I am thinking of entering myself if I can fit it into my schedule. But, I am torn on which I'd like to do, hero or villain. Too bad they didn't go with Heroes this year then next year go with Villains that oppose the heroes that were submitted this year. Anyway you look at it, Puppet Project's Contests are always fun.

via project puppet

Exit Row


Here's a new series from PUPPETHEAP. It's called Exit Row. I love the simplicity.

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Visit their YouTube Channel.

RIP Ray Allen


The world of Puppetry has lost a great Ventriloquist, Ray Allen has passed away suddenly at age 79.

I was only able to find 2 videos of him and Lord Charles.

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via BBC News

Kooky teaser


The kooky teaser with English subtitles is out.

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And here is the official web site

Mermaid and clown


Here are two more videos showing Andras Lenart's puppets. The first one shows his mermaid and dolphins, plus some other things. The second is a nice video of his clown and also the ballerina again. You can see his hands well in this video. They are so fun to watch! Enjoy!

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This video is super cool! The ballerina is awesome and controlled by Hungarian puppeteer Andres Lenart. Interesting controls! The movement is so fitting for dance!


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Puppet Stand



We have added a puppet stand to our Etsy store. Of course anyone can build one of these but we thought we would add it for anyone who may not have the means to make their own. You will notice a puppet that is almost finished in the pictures. It should show up in the next few weeks on Etsy as well.

Kooky’s Return


There's a new Czech hybrid live action and puppet film coming in May, it's called Kuky se vrací (Kooky's Return). The imagined journey home of a teddy bear belonging to a seven year old child, after the bear somehow gets thrown away. Below is the trailer. It's not in English. Another trailer is to follow with English sub-titles.

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I love how organic the puppets are and the over look and feel of this film. I am looking forward to seeing this film. Anyone know where there is a Czech theater?

The the production designer of the film is Jakub Dvorský, the founder of Amanita Design. Amanita have created some very cool games. Check them out Samorost, Samorost 2 and Machinarium.


Geoffry Sports some hair!



Quick update! Geoffry gets a dew! His hair is made like a toupee and can come off. I am going to try a few different hair styles and colors. I am pleased with my first attempt.


I made a paper pattern of half his hair area then transferred it to thin poster board. I then cut two pieces of the fur and hand stitched them together. First sewing I have done in a very long time. Not to bad. And it was fun to see Geoffry develop a look.

Next, more hair and cloths.

Geoffry gets some specs!



Geoffry has gained some specs! They are not the greatest but they are not to bad either. Will work on better ones down the road.


Now I am looking for shorts and a hawaiian shirt! I think he might be an old stoner surfer dude!



If you have any suggestions please post a comment!

Geoffry - Tabletop Puppet


(image) Rick here, first time posting to the blog. And as you can see, first post to the blog in quite awhile. Life seems to take us down different roads than what we expect.

Anyway, here is Geoffry. He is a tabletop puppet that I have been working on for a month or two(my time is usually limited). He has turned out better than I expected. And with anything like this, I learned some things that I will change next time around.

Special thanks goes to my wife Martha for helping me out in the painting department and with some design/sculpting. She is a full time artist and I tend to take her advice when she gives it in areas like this. :) Oh and thanks to her for Geoffry's feet! She wants to make him a pair of Teva's!(image)

Here are some images of the different stages of building. This was the first time I have used Sculpey clay to this extent. It was fun to work with but my skills sculpting need some work!(image)

Next is to get him some clothing and some hair! I am also working on a drum for him to play. Stay tuned! Will post more soon!

You can checkout Martha's blog at

You Must See Furry Puppet Studio


These guys do really cool puppet builds and as a bonus their website is a lot of fun.

(image) When exploring this site be sure to click around the border of the site for some clever surprises. A website and a work of art.

make sure you don't miss the blog.

Sarah Palin's Resignation Speech


I love Hoggworks Studios, Brian is so creative. Check out his latest.

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We are looking forward to seeing Brian's finished Battlestar Galactica Puppets.

Giant Pink Monster


(image) Gaston Morineau of Gaston's Puppet Show! has posted some pretty cool photos of the eye mechanism for the puppet above, check them out here. The puppet was created by Tony Urbano.

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Live Puppet Building


I love Littlecreatures, they put a smile on my face. And I would loved to see the out takes for this one. C'mon guys... Give us a blooper reel.

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Ship sailing through the streets


There is a very cool piece of puppet preformed with a ship on the streets.
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Via Alexander Winfield: puptcrit Digest, Vol 54, Issue 25

Flexitoon has a new puppet short out


A SPLASH OF THE HAMPTOONS is now up on the Flexitoon Blog, check it out here.(image) I really like Flexitoon because they use different types of puppets in one production. Hand puppets, Marionettes and rod puppets. Very talented puppeteers and builders.

They are also responsible for one my favorite TV commercials the Tide Talking Stain.

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It was voted the Funniest Office Commercial in the World on TBS World's Funniest Office Commercials. To see more of their commercial work go here.


We're on etsy!


We are very excited to announce that we're on etsy and have our first puppets for sale.

(image) Look for more puppets to be added in the coming weeks.

Welcome Rick to the blog


(image) My brother Rick has joined the blog. Rick also has an interest in building puppets. He is the builder, voice and personality behind Ned.

So everyone Welcome Rick and watch for some posts from him coming soon.

New Potter Puppet Pals


Neil Cicierega has posted a new Episode of the Potter Puppet Pals, Ron's Disease, over at


Be sure to check out Neil's many other works here.