Thursday, 18 October 2018

R is for Retirement: A tribute to the great Caroll Spinney


My custom made Big  Bird puppet
As most of you heard, Carol Spinney has announced his retirement. For those of you who don't know who he is, he is the man inside Big Bird and the man behind Oscar the Grouch. He has been puppeteering for 50 years straight and if you ask me he has earned this retirement. He is probably my hero (next to Jim Henson) because he has inspired me to become a puppeteer.

My Bruno the Trashman costume Halloween 2017
I know he looks weird but this was when I first started making replicas

 through Big Bird I learned the alphabet and that it's okay to make mistakes and ask questions and through Oscar I learned that there is a dark side in everybody and there is nothing wrong with that. There where days were I acted like Big Bird and days where I acted like Oscar I have enjoyed all 50 years of Carol's work and he has inspired me a lot. thanks "fur" everything Mr Spinney 😁😁😁.

Me when I was a little kid and Big Bird 
Me when I was a little kid and Oscar

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Seuss on the Loose Puppet Show

This afternoon I did a Dr Seuss based puppet show called "Seuss on the Loose". We took a few pictures to show you guys.

The pan flit for the show

The show featured many different Dr Seuss stories performed with puppets including....

The Cat in The Hat



The Lorax

(the photo above of the cat was actually the intro to The Lorax)

The Sneetches



Green Eggs and Ham

(not pictured)

Horton Hatches the Egg

Yertle the Turtle

We werent able to record any of this show but I am hoping to redo the show for Youtube. Most of the script will be the same with the edition of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", "Hunches in Bunches", "Mcelligot's Pool", "And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street" and "The Butter Battle Book".



Saturday, 26 May 2018

Building Daisy Snuffleupagus part 2

Now for page two of my process building Daisy Snuffleupagus. Things are looking pretty good and I am almost finished.

Here are the legs, I hand sewed them. they don't have toes and they are more like doll feet, they are furry bud the bottom of each foot is magenta polar fleece.

Now the body is finished so it's time to add the fun part which is the accessories.

Like I said in the last post I want to give her some Hawaiian accessories so I made a grass skirt with a green boa.

Now I have added a red flower necklace. It was pretty big so I had to adjust it a lot.  

Well there you have it folks, it's Daisy Snuffleupagus and she is finished and ready to move to Safari Mall. I took a photo of her inside her house, she lives in a log piled hut behind Big Red's tree house that leads into a tunnel to a cave.

You can click here to view the CPT's YT channelYou can click here to view the Safari Mall websiteIf you have any puppet idea's for me please email me.





Building Daisy Snuffleupagus part 1

I have a new character that I am building for Safari Mall (you can click here to see Safari Mall's new website), Her name is Daisy and she is a furry pink Snuffleupagus/elephant puppet. not to be confused with the other Snuffleupagus. her species is a Snuffleupagus and she is Snuffy's cousin from hawaii (the natural habitat for snuffleupagus's). I took some photos of my progress building her that I thought I could show you.

I will use a fuzzy pink coral fleece blanket for fur, and stress balls for eyes.

I have hand sewed her head and for the mouth palate I glued some blue polar fleece on cardboard. I usually don't sew the body so I hot glued it and stuffed it with teddy bear batting. the head and body are finished so I think i'll start making the features. I cut the stress balls for eyes.

Now the head is finished and I put a piece of fur on the eyes for eyelids. the head was to short so I made a small neck. The snuffle/trunk might need to be extended (or she will look like an ant eater).

I have hand sewn this live handed arm, it has a sleeve at the elbow (similar to Fozzie Bear). I think that the other arm will probably be a dummy arm that will be fastened onto the belly.

I added two black velcro dots for pupils and all I need to do is ad another arm and extend the snuffle.

Now I extended the snuffle/trunk so she looks more like a snuffleupagus.

Now I added some eyelashes that I cut out from dark blue fleece and a red felt tongue.

Now she is almost finished and is looking pretty good. I gave her a left dummy arm and some light green feather hair with a orange felt bow. I even gave her a big plush tail. in the next post I will give her legs and some accessories (probably a Hawaiian flower necklace and maybe a grass skirt).





Saturday, 14 October 2017

Here come 4 more Muppets!

I just made 4 more muppet replicas for "Here Come The Muppets" and I think that you will like em so lets take a look at each one

Animal

This wild monster is one of my favorite muppets and I was excited to finally make him, it's Animal. He is made from peach colored polar fleece with rag clothes, ping pong ball eyes and an orange ping pong ball for the nose and plastic teeth, a hot pink feather boa for the head and and a black feather boa for the eyebrows. he has bendable fingers and the coolest thing is his eyes, he actually has a slide on the inside of his head so he can blink his eyes.

Janice

The next muppet is more on the obscure side and not many other puppet builders have made a Janice replica so I made one now. She is made from the same fleece as Animal and she has a felt mouth, tongue, lips, eyelids and teeth (but you can't see them). her jeans are made from real jean fabric and she has a short shirt made from white fabric with a neon flower design. she has feather eyelashes, bendable fingers, a pipe cleaner bracelet and hair band and yellow yarn for hair.

Robin the Frog

If you saw part 2 of my special "Jim Henson the true genious" (which has parts 3,4 and 5 coming really soon) you can see my previous Kermit replica and he was to small so I made a bigger one who you saw in my last post, I wanted to do something with that other Kermit so I removed the collar and changed his eyes and he became Kermit's nephew Robin. he is made from green polyester fleece and has a felt mouth and felt eyes and feet.

Sam the Eagle

Finally we have the muppets resident grouch (after Oscar of course) and biggest party pooper out of all the muppets Sam The Eagle. his head and hands are made from blue polar fleece and has a body made from two grayish blue hand towels. he has ping pong ball eyes and eyebrows and a collar made from the same boa I used for Animal's eyebrows. He is live handed and I really like him.

Well those are my 4 most recent muppets. I have 6 more to show you later and I will definitely be making more. I'm open to all of your suggestions for more replicas, I'm planning on making Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Scooter, Sweetums, Bunsen, Walter, Mahna Mahna, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and many more but if you have any favorite muppets you would like to see me make just let me know.


 




Wednesday, 11 October 2017

6 Muppets for a new show

Yes it is what you think. In the last few weeks I built 6 Muppet replicas and yes I really do mean built, they are all hand sewn and made by yours truly. We have (from left to right) Pepe the King Prawn, Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great and Beaker. Of course I'm just showing you the lineup real quick right now but later on I will review one at a time. These were all built for a new show I'm doing in a few months called "Here Come The Muppets" which is a one hour show to bring back the popularity of The Muppets.



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Wishes for Jim and Cam

Today is probably the saddest day for Muppet fans and puppeteers
But one the other hand it can also be a very happy day (especially for puppeteer Cam Garrity)