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Encyclopedia > Adult puppeteering

Adult puppeteering is the use of puppets in contexts aimed at adults rather than children. Puppet shows have traditionally been children's entertainment, so many find the notion of puppets in decidedly adult situations, for example, involving drugs, sex, or violence, to be humorous, because of the bizarre contrast it creates between subject matter and characters. A puppet is any controlled character, whether formed by a shadow, strings, by the use of a glove, by direct mechanical contrivance (for example a cable-controlled figure for film or TV) or electronic guidance (such as a radio or infrared remote controller). ...


Such puppeteering appears in many mediums, but in the USA and UK is more likely to be seen on screen. Television satire such as the UK's Spitting Image provides a strong link to the earlier traditions of Punch & Judy or Commedia dell'Arte as sources of social and political commentary. Puppetry sitcoms such as the USA series Dinosaurs features puppet characters who are entertaining in themselves, not as satirical figures. Adult puppet theatre has a strong tradition in Asia and parts of Europe, and has a smaller presence in Australia, the UK and the USA. Handspan Theatre from Melbourne, Australia, toured internationally with its innovative and often surreal adult productions. Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show that ran on the United Kingdoms ITV television network from 1984 to 1996. ... A stained glass illustration of Punch by Professor Ignorant Punch and Judy is a popular puppet show featuring Punch and his wife Judy. ... Karel Dujardins set his closely-observed scene of a traveling troupes makeshift stage against idealized ruins in the Roman Campagna: dated 1657 (Louvre Museum) Commedia dellarte (Italian: play of professional artists also interpreted as comedy of humors), also known as Extemporal Comedy, was a popular form of improvisational... Dinosaurs was an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. ...

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TV Programs

Sam and Friends was an early live-action/puppet television show created by puppeteer Jim Henson and his eventual wife Jane. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Muppet Show was a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990... Rubbery Figures was a satirical rubber puppet series that screened in Australia in various forms from 1984 to 1990. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ... Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show that ran on the United Kingdoms ITV television network from 1984 to 1996. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... D.C. Follies was a syndicated situation comedy which aired from 1987-1989 and set in a Washington, D.C. bar, where bartender Fred Willard would welcome puppet caricatures of that days politicians and celebrities. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... PPD (modeled on Patrick Poivre dArvor) is the resident news anchor of the guignols. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... KMWB (Channel 23 analog, 22 digital) is an affiliate of The WB Television Network serving the Minneapolis-St. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... SCI FI (originally Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... The Jim Henson Hour was a television show that aired on NBC in 1989. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Dinosaurs was an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Muppets Tonight was a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring the Muppets. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... Aliens in the Family was a short-lived series on ABC. It was about a single father from Earth with two children whom falls in love with an ailen woman with three children of her own. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Best of Triumph DVD (2004) Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog is a puppet created and performed by Robert Smigel premiering in 1993 on NBCs Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an American late night talk show on NBC that is also syndicated worldwide. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Sifl and Olly Show is a TV show that used sock puppets and animation. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... Podge and Rodge are the two characters from A Scare at Bedtime and The Podge and Rodge Show, an Irish adult comedy televised puppet show. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Radio Telefís Éireann[1] (RTÉ; IPA: ,  ) is the Public Service Broadcaster of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Man Show was a half hour comedy television show on Comedy Central. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... TV Funhouse is the title of a recurring skit on NBCs Saturday Night Live featuring cartoons created by longtime SNL writer Robert Smigel, as well as a short-lived spinoff series that ran on Comedy Central. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... Greg the Bunny was a sitcom that aired on the American television network Fox in 2002. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) is a non-profit organization that broadcasts programming on four public access stations in Manhattan, New York. ... IFC logo The Independent Film Channel (IFC), launched in September, 1994, is a premium digital cable channel dedicated to presenting independent films, unedited and commercial-free. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... IFC logo The Independent Film Channel (IFC), launched in September, 1994, is a premium digital cable channel dedicated to presenting independent films, unedited and commercial-free. ... Comedy Network is a Canadian specialty channel with comedy programming. ... Puppets Who Kill is a Canadian television comedy series produced by and appearing on the Comedy Network. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Comedy Network is a Canadian specialty channel with comedy programming. ... Crank Yankers is a United States TV show produced by Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison that features actual prank calls made by show regulars and celebrity guests which are re-enacted onscreen by puppets. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... Chappelles Show is an American comedy television series starring comedian Dave Chappelle. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Comedy Channel (promoted on air as comedy) is an Australian subscription television channel available on Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television. ... Smile Time is episode 14 of season 5 in the television show Angel. ... Angel is a spin-off of the American television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The WB Television Network is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... Wonder Showzen was an American sketch comedy television series that began airing in 2005 on MTV2. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hampster Dance is one of the first widely distributed Internet Memes and illustrates the characteristic silliness of the genre. ... A guiñol of Michael Robinson, the presenter of the show Las noticias del guiñol (The news of guignol) is a satirical news program that airs on Canal+ in Spain. ... The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Le Bébête Show was a satirical puppet show shown on television. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... TF1 is a private French TV network, controlled by TF1 Group, whose major share-holder is Bouygues. ...

Movies

Let My Puppets Come (1976) is a 41 minute soft core pornographic comedy film using human and puppet actors, perhaps the first of its kind. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Muppet Movie is the first of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Great Muppet Caper is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The Dark Crystal is a 1982 fantasy film by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The Muppets Take Manhattan DVD cover The Muppets Take Manhattan is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Gremlins is an American horror-comedy film directed by Joe Dante and released in 1984. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Krysař, or Krysar, is a 1985 Czechoslovakian stop motion-animated feature film directed by Jiří Barta. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... poster to the first film The Ghoulies films were a Gremlins-like horror-comedy film series in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... For alternate meanings see Short circuit (disambiguation) A short circuit (sometimes known as simply a short) is a fault whereby electricity moves through a circuit in an unintended path, usually due to a connection forming where none was expected. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Labyrinth is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, and designed through the art of Brian Froud. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Meet The Feebles (1989) is a black comedy film by director Peter Jackson. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Puppet Master is a horror film released in 1989 by newly-formed Full Moon Features. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Muppet Christmas Carol was the fourth feature film to star The Muppets, and the first produced after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... DVD cover Muppet Treasure Island was the fifth feature film to star The Muppets, and the second produced after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996, produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Muppets from Space DVD cover Muppets from Space was the sixth feature film to star The Muppets, and the first since the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson to have an original Muppet-focused plot. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Team America: World Police Team America: World Police is a 2004 movie by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the Comedy Central television program South Park. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Strings is a mythic fantasy film about the son of the slain ruler who sets out to revenge his father, but finds out things that forces him to see the conflict between two peoples differently from what he has learned. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Live Freaky Die Freaky is a stop motion-animated, musical independent film directed by John Roecker. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Live Performance

Sid and Marty Krofft are a sibling team of prolific television producers who were very influential in childrens television and music/variety television, particularly throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. ... Puppetry of the Penis is a performance show that first started in 1997 as a live show by Simon Morley and David Friendy Friend at the 1998 Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Avenue Q is a Tony award-winning musical that was conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

A puppeteer is a person who manipulates a puppet or marionette, either by the use of strings, wires or their hands, for a stage production or film. ... Adult animation is animation that is targeted at adults. ... This is a list of stop-motion films from around the world organised in order of release date; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

External links

  • List of adult-oriented Czechoslovakian puppet films (click on "adults" in the right frame)

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The Muppet Show is a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981.
The show was well-known for outrageous, highly physical (slapstick), sometimes absurdist comedy, and particularly for using its puppet characters to create uniquely humorous parodies.
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There are shadow puppets, rod puppets, Marrionettes, Table-top puppets, body puppets, Hand or glove puppets, etc. Whatever the style, the puppeteer's role is to use manipulate the physical object in such a manner that the audience believes the object is imbued with life.
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