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Michael Poindexter
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« on: July 29, 2010, 12:07:35 pm »

I'm just wondering if anyone else has noticed a recent uptick in the number of puppets on television?  Is it me because I have started to build and I'm just more aware or is there really something going on?

MTV has a series and I know I've seen more commercials.  I'll try to add some links to what I've seen.  Anyone else?

I was in F.A.O Swartz toy store in NYC last week and saw that they had a "Build A Bear" type of puppet product that is licenced by Henson studio.  You pick a type and features and they build it for you for $130.
puppetfreak
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2010, 12:51:33 pm »

It's called the What-Not-Workshop. You can also order an online packet and have them ship one.
One commercial in particular I remember about a few months back was the Weightloss Monster? He was bright orange and represented "Hunger"
Another I just saw yesterday was the Carfax Fox. It's CarFax.com?

Ill post more when I remember them.
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010, 12:55:22 pm »

I have noticed a bit more puppets around this past year................... Muppet what nots have been out for some time. i would love to go to that store.
https://youtu.be/SFyWa6K6jQc
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010, 01:51:06 pm »

I tend to agree with you Michael that there seems to be a lot more puppets showing up in TV.  I've noticed several commercials with them of late. 
Michael Poindexter
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2010, 08:20:20 pm »

Here's the What Not Workshop link.

http://www.fao.com/whatnots/index.jsp?002=2194048&004=1368951563&005=13144939733&006=4755596843&007=Search&008=

Here is the weightloss monster.

https://youtu.be/<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/K1ytP9oazCo&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/K1ytP9oazCo&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

Here is one from Free Credit Report.
https://youtu.be/<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CdY4dtewURQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CdY4dtewURQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

Warren The Ape is the MTV show.  I'm not going to link to it because it is typical MTV childishness.

Here is the Car Fox

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Chris Arveson
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2010, 05:52:40 am »

Weight Watchers-- puppet or cgi?
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2010, 08:47:53 am »

The Weight Watchers puppet is CGI-enhanced bunraku style puppet.
Chris Arveson
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2010, 03:12:25 pm »

The Weight Watchers puppet is CGI-enhanced bunraku style puppet.

Ok, it's both. Cool, thanks Shawn.
themonstons.com
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2010, 09:30:21 am »

I think the recent upsurge in puppets has to do with the internet for the most part.  It enabled everyone who couldn't get thier puppet art out to the masses because of the bajillion miles of thick red tape out to the masses in TV broadcasts.  Now, any and all of the past, new and future puppet makers pro's or newbie's can get thier works out for all to enjoy.  In doing so, studios have seen the benefit of low(er) cost puppet productions rather than expensive animated pieces by way of seeing how popular web puppet shows have become and with lower production costs, come higher salaries for those in charge of the production.  Hense, more puppet shows on TV.  At least thats my opinion.
nall29
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2010, 12:32:08 pm »

what do you guys thing of the what-nots from what ive seen the mouths seem to be abit wrinkley? does someone one one? ive never seen one in real life. oh and are thay hand sewn or machine.
frankiel
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2010, 01:11:34 pm »

See i have noticed the use of puppets a lot more but i put it down to developing an interest in puppets so i tend to look out for them now :/
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2010, 01:23:49 pm »

what do you guys thing of the what-nots from what ive seen the mouths seem to be a bit wrinkly? does someone one one? Ive never seen one in real life. oh and are they hand sewn or machine.


I think they are machine sewn most likely mass produced in a factory. I did notice the mouths and the quality is not that good however you are paying for the "Muppet" name.

http://www.stitchkingdom.com/exclusive/muppetwhatnotworkshop/
nall29
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2010, 11:51:24 am »

yea, i guess you are right...lol thanks ss puppets
Michael Poindexter
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« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2010, 08:14:24 am »

by way of seeing how popular web puppet shows have become .....
What are the popular web puppet shows?
Andrew
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2010, 12:15:28 am »

Here's a few examples of some of the more recent shows:

Transylvania TV - http://www.transylvania-tv.com
Exit Row - http://www.youtube.com/puppetheap
Monster Factory - http://monsterfactory.net/videos/category/126

Michael, I write about puppetry in film, video and web and you'll find info about dozens more shows here and here.
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