Saturday, July 25, 2009

When Puppets Ruled



More Puppet Thrills Here:

http://flexitoon.blogspot.com/2009/07/potpouree-of-powerful-puppets.html

17 comments:

HemlockMan said...

I never liked puppets. Can't say why. I did like Shari Lewis. I may have just been a small kid when I discovered her TV show, but she was hot.

Ted said...

They may not rule the roost, but puppets still live. The Gepetto Files will be puppeting it on up at the Elbow Room in Ypsilanti tonight, for instance...
http://www.gepettofiles.com/comingsoon.html

And Mr. Meaty is quite possibly the funniest things to be made in the last several years...

Oscar Baechler said...

You should come up to Seattle, the Frye Art Museum's got a terrific exhibit on puppetry right now. Very cool stuff!

Fulle Circle Productions said...

I love those Stan and Ollie puppets!

Trevor Thompson said...

Nice!

I'm pitching a puppet show idea in December. Here's a picture of me with my puppet. His name is Manx and he's a tailless mouse.

If I'd have gone to ComiCon this year I would've brought him, but alas.... Too bad. Deckter and I could've traded puppet recipes.

- trevor.

Sven Hoek said...

Wow, look at old Soupie. He looks like hes having fun.

A Loooo A Loooo

eternalunderstudy said...

i love how modernday puppet show try to fool kiddies into thinking they have legs by making elaborate shots of a pair of legs...but no top half. I have always loved to see how 3.d versions of cartoons turn out especially those who have "cheats" like fred flintstones hair. Also thank you MR Fricfalusi for creating this blog I have learned so much in six months that no animation schools have taught.

Pilsner Panther said...

Soupy Sales is one of the funniest comedians that ever lived. I'm glad to know that he's still around.

In the 1980's, I went to see Clark Terry and his band at the Village Vanguard in Manhattan, and I was astonished to find myself sitting next to Soupy! So I asked him why he was there, and he told me, "I love jazz, and I love these guys."

Long live Soupy, and may the pies go on flying forever.

There are some great Soupy clips on YouTube, including one with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior. Everyone gets pied!

"The Chairman Of The Board" loves every minute of it. Hilarious!

Shorty said...

Did you ever see the Australian Rubbery Figures show? Some wonderful puppets, mostly Australian characters but some international ones too. I'd love to see this sort of thing return.

http://www.nicholsoncartoons.com.au/rubbery.php

-Shorty

mike f. said...

What, no Rootie Kazootie or Mortimer Snerd? Where's Bil Baird, and Shari Lewis?

¿Dónde está Señor Wences?

(That's the great Frank Nastasi, 5th scan down, working Pookie and Hippy. Whatta mensch!)

Pilsner Panther said...

The Soupy Sales Show: Soupy and Pookie the Lion make a NO-budget Western.

On East 67th Street.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2zWIxBfy7U&feature=related

Pilsner Panther said...

The Soupy Sales Show: Soupy and Pookie the Lion make a NO-budget Western.

On East 67th Street.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2zWIxBfy7U&feature=related

Soupy is, of course, the recipient of a well-thrown pie at the end.

I don't think that ever happened to Walter Cronkite. But I welcome corrections.

EalaDubh said...

What, no Supercar? SHAME.

Gerard D. de Souza said...

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

Craig said...

I've had a lot of requests for SUPERCAR, so here are some rare pix: flexitoon.blogspot.com

-ing- said...

I'm still puppet-mad, and tend to write things for puppets really well, moreso than animation.
I went to the Jim henson retrospective festival here in Melbourne last year and bought a 6 session pass. It was bliss, it really was. Seeing the behind the scenes, the nuts and bolts, the ageless creative genius... And I feel such disappointment that in America cartoons and puppetry are seen primarily as things for kids these days. If that was true it'd be a waste of amazing skills and talent!
So long as the visual element is backed up by clever writing/sharp ad-libbers, it can be beyond wonderful.
One of the best things I saw at the Henson festival was footage of Ralph (can't recall how they spelt his name back then), on the black and white Jimmy Dean(?) variety show, and Frank Oz's ad-libbing was hilarious.
What I wouldn't give for Henson to reclaim its throne and make puppetry features that remain with you always. If it wasn't for seeing Labyrinth and Dark Crystal at far too young an age, I might be one of these straight shit-heads spouting on about how great the Power Rangers were and aspiring to be an accountant....

Leonardo said...

Have you seen avenue Q???

http://www.avenueq.com/

There's a very funny one called "The internet is for porn" and other "It sucks to be me", find them on YouTube :-)