Sunday, October 08, 2006

Mystery! Intrigue! Footwear! Huh?

The Lady from SockholmGet your copy today!
It's out! The Lady from Sockholm is now out on DVD. I got my copy and I must say I loved it!

With the feeling of an old Bogart movie, this movie is very well done. I hope they do more! Run time is 71 minutes.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's here! It's here!!

It's here! Episode 5 of the Heather and Ben show is finally here... It's called "wegman is god" and you can get it here.

Heather and Ben Show Episode 5

Doggy dating toward the end is pretty funny.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Episode 1.1 Huh??

Brian Hogg over at has added a short in between episodes 1 & 2. Check it out here.

Be sure to take a look at Brian's Paperdoll Puppets. Keep'em coming Brian!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Super Adventure Team...

I found this on Google Video.

Click here for video Parody of British marionette action-adventure series Thunderbirds. Co-created by comedian and Simpsons writer Dana Gould. Pre-dates Team America.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Stargate SG1 strung up...

On their 200th episode Stargate SG1 did a parody of their 1st episode with marionettes.

Click here for video
Very Gerry Anderson (thunderbirds) looking. There's a video of it here.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Strings attached...

Here is a cool marionette video. Check it out here.

The Classical Guitar Marionette is great!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Little diving puppet...

little Diving Puppet
Check this out. This is very well done.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Boo two..

Here's another Halloween Flyer...

The Flying Crank Ghost
Many more hallows things can be found at


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Boo... Things that make you go... AHHHHH!!!!

Halloween is quickly approaching... Check out this project.

I've seen some good Ghost Marionettes out there but this Skeleton Marionette is the best that I've come across. Great step by step instructions.

More scary projects can be found at Vile Things.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Show 004 is online...

The Heather and Ben Show 004 entitled "Pizza!" is online!

Get the other 3 shows too.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

In the neighborhood? Drop by and say hi...

The Puppet Zone
There's a new Puppet Forum in town, The Puppet Zone. Stop in and say "Hi" to TPZ and help get this site moving.

While you are out and about, drop by the Rotten Puppets web site too.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Be sure to check out The Melonpool Quickcast a new weekly feature scheduled to appear every Friday on Kevin Smith’s new Web site, Quick Stop Entertainment. There are 7 Episodes online.

My favorite episode #6: Meeting “Johnny Depp”. Make sure you check out the Melonpool Comic website. Melonpool is the brain child of Steve Troop.

Monday, August 07, 2006

BOOM... Did you feel that?
Something just slammed into the Internet...

Oh it's the first episode of DotBoom!

congratulations to Brian Hogg and his crew for a great first episode! A lot of work went into this production. Brian also created an audio commentary track for this episode.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

And the wiener is...

1st place goes to...

Kaal Haarloos by Michael Harding

2nd place goes to:

Mr. Fuzzy Face (Radar) by Spencer Lott

Congradulations to both puppet builders!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Time is running out...

Time is almost up! Please drop over to Puppet Project and vote for my entry, Snoop Otter Otter.

The winner will be announced on August 1st.

Snoop says, "Thanks Dog.."

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Puppet Television Episode 2...

Puppet Television

Follow the adventures of Chino , Toodloo & Chinchilla on Puppet Television. The long awaited episode 2 is online. Be sure to check out Chino's blog too.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Give it up for Mike...

Check out The Rag! A weekly video Blog with puppets featuring the talents of master puppeteers Tim Lagasse and Jim Napolitano.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Outstanding Instruction...

Click here to buyI am not going to be able to say enough about this instructional video. It's outstanding. Dave walks the viewer through every step. Sections on the DVD include:

  • Tools You'll Need
  • Start With The Art
  • Creating The Sculpt
  • How To Cut Foam
  • Back To The Sculpt
  • Making & Cutting Seams
  • What Size Puppet?
  • Transferring The Pattern To Paper
  • Scaling Up The Patterns
  • Prototyping The Puppet
  • How To Glue Foam
  • Back To The Puppet

Dave covers it all, and then some. The section on the proper way to glue foam is something everyone should see. I can't wait to create my own puppet pattern from my own design.

This video is worth every penny. Go here to get your copy.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

My marionettes like to hang around...
In style...

I wanted to show off my Marionette Hanger. My Brother made it for me. It 24 inches across and holds 5 Marionettes.

Notice that the Marionettes are staggered. The end and center posts stick out about 5 inches. The 2nd and 4th posts are about 8 inches.

It's made from 14 gauge steel. Cut with a plasma cutter. The posts are welded on. And it has a hammered copper finish. Plus rubber glued to the back to protect the wall.

The staggered posts give a crowd look to the marionettes. You can visit my brother and sister-inlaw's web site at

Monday, July 10, 2006

America's got Talent??
Well at least Kevin Johnson does...

America's got Talent is a new show on NBC. The first episode included a ventriloquist named Kevin Johnson. At first Kevin seemed like he might not make it though the first round. But when he did his Godzilla Theater routine, the audience went nuts. You can see this routine by visiting his mySpace site.

Good luck Kevin!! You've got talent!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Turn it up...

Here's a very cool video from Supergrass, it's called Pumping Up Your Stereo.
Click here to view videoThis video is very well done. I found this link here on Muppet Central.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Poof! Henry appears...

Here's Henry Ringmaster. Puppet magician Henry Ringmaster has some very cool magic videos online.

Click here to visit Henry RingmasterThis is the first time I've seen a puppet do magic. He's pretty good too! Be sure to check out the "Say It Again" link for more of Henry's videos.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ping Pong anyone?

Here's a Construction Diary from

For Construction Diary click here There's a lot of pages to explore on this site. Very cool photos, information and techniques. Happy surfing.

Friday, June 23, 2006

I'd like to thank the judges...

Sock Search - The Glorified Sock Puppet Contest - Top 10 Finalists Click here
The top 10 finalists are finally in!! My entry Snoop Otter Otter made the top 10!!!!

Snoop Otter Otter Click here for more photosNo matter if I win or lose, I'd like to thank the judges for including Snoop in the top 10. To me that honor itself means I won. Snoop is the third puppet that I've built. I have 8 more started. I am so hooked on puppet building... This would be a good place to thank my wife for putting up with me. :) Thanks Cyn!

Good luck everyone! May the best puppet win!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Road Trip... Anyone calling shotgun??

The Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe - Bringing the Beauty and Drama of Traditional Japanese Bunraku Puppetry to the United States.

The Bunraku Bay Puppet TroupeCheck out the link for Summer 2006 Program. Anyone up for a road trip? To Japan? Wish I could afford this.

2006 Summer program in Japan

Sunday, June 18, 2006

One mans trash is another mans puppet...

Here is an interesting puppet company called Lunatique Fantastique. All of their puppets are made from trash or discarded items of one form or another.

Visit Lunatique Fantastique
Be sure to check out their media section for some great videos. My faviorite is The Wrapping Paper Caper.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

He's dead jim...

We morn the death of Boo Boo the Chicken... - June 2006Sorry, this is kind of goofy but it made me laugh.

Friday, June 16, 2006


Visit This is the site of a young polish artist that makes beautiful marionettes.

faces Wish I could afford to buy one. She creates portrait marionettes that are stunning. Be sure to explore all of her site. She is very talented.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Bunraku... Huh?

I've been searching for information on the Bunraku style of puppetry and I have found a good website that I wanted to share.

The Puppet Theater of Japan: An Introduction to Bunraku
The Puppet Theater of Japan: An Introduction to Bunraku

Friday, June 02, 2006

Stringing it up...

Here is a cool Flash animation on how to string a marionette.

Click Here

By Eric Hagstrom

Monday, May 29, 2006

I am not dead yet...

Project Puppet's Glorified Sock Puppet Contest has extended it's deadline to June 4, 2006!!

That's great news for me! I has unable to finish my entry due to my littlest one's baptism.

Thanks for the extension Project Puppet!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Hot off the press...

Click here to order your copy today! My copy of Puppet Planet has finally arrived! If you like Puppet Mania you'll love this book. John has added some nice features to this book, like "Insider's Guides" to tools, materials and techniques.

With 12 new puppets John provides us with come unique new characters. My favorite is the Stuffed Strongman, a soft sculptured Bunaku style puppet.

John also adds a "field guide" to each of the puppets, suggesting ways to perform them. Another favorite is the Monkey Mitten. This is a hand puppet with a latex face and hands. He shows a pretty simple way to make a pretty effective latex puppet. With each puppet John also shows us other example puppets he has made using the same technique.

Thank you John, for another great puppet building resource. Click on the image to order your copy.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Where'd I put my socks???

I started making my puppets today to enter into Project Puppets' Sock Search Contest. Wish me luck.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Post vacation blues...

I am back home and back to work. Vacations never last long enough. I am spending the week paying catch up at work. At home I need to setup my puppet building space. I hope to do that over the coming weekend. Once that is setup I'll start posting more puppet building entries. I have a request to show more on how I get the foam in the fleece hands. I'll get something posted ASAP.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Kinka Doo and Chee-Chee Doo are done.
Now what are you going to do next?

I am going to Disney World!

Introducing Kinka Doo


La La La

Seriously, we spend the last week on Sanibel Island and tomorrow we head north to Disney area for 3 nights. One day at the Magic Kingdom and then maybe a day at Sea World or Blizzard Beach.

In my hands...

Here's what's in my posable hands.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Chee-Chee Doo where are you...

Sewing the arms onto Chee-Chee Doo was harder than making them. I am very happy with the final result though.

A drum roll please...

Chee-Chee Doo!

Ah... Give me a hug!

Chee-Chee Doo loves playing in the trees!

Two arms! Two arms...

I was very apprehensive about making the arms and hands. I wanted the fingers to be posable.

I started by cutting 4 foam hands and hot glued a wire armature between 2 of the foam hands. I then trimmed the foam hands, rounding the fingers and edges. At the wrist of each hand I hot glued a metal tube for the rod arms. I sewed the hand and arm pattern as the instructions stated. I turned the sewn hand and arm right side out over the foam hand. I thought this was going to be a lot hard than it was.

All in all I am very happy with how the hands and arms turned out.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Introducing Kinka Doo and Chee-chee Doo...

My 4 year old son put on his puppet and announced that it's name was Chee-chee Doo. The name works. My wife named the normal size puppet Kinka Doo.

Now it's onto the arms...