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A puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object — a puppet— in real time to create the illusion of life. Depending on the type of puppetry, the puppeteer may be visible to or hidden from the audience. Similarly, animators can make a puppet move on film by using stop motion, where the puppet is moved tiny fractions in between each frame. A puppeteer can operate a puppet indirectly by the use of strings, rods, wires, electronics or directly by his or her own hands. Some puppet styles require puppeteers to work together as a team to create a single puppet character. There are a wide range of styles of puppetry, and all require puppeteers. There are shadow puppets, rod puppets, marionettes, table-top puppets, body puppets, finger and glove puppets. Whatever the style, the puppeteer's role is to manipulate the physical object in such a manner that the audience believes the object is imbued with life. In some instances the persona of the puppeteer is also an important feature. A puppet is a representational object, usually but not always depicting a human character, used in play or a presentation. ... An animator is one who is involved in the process of animation. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Phillip Huber (L) and David Alexander of the Huber Marionettes perform with marionettes hand-made by Huber for scenes for the feature film Tillamook Treasure 2005 Marionette in Prague A marionette is a type of puppet moved by strings, as in a puppet show. ...

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Famous Modern Puppeteers

Sergey Obraztsov, frequently cited as the father of artistic puppetry, was skilled in finger puppeteering and showing puppeteering with his bare hands. His famous number was a dancing couple whose complicated tango movements had to be manipulated by seven puppeteers simultaneously. Sergey Obraztsov with a puppet of his youthful alter ego. ...


Ramdas Padhye , Ventriloquist & Puppeteer from India, performing for last 40 years is famous all over India with his ventriloquist dummy Ardhavatrao and his other puppet Bunny (the rabbit that starred in the commericial Lijjat Papad). He has also performed more than 9000 shows.He has produced to Mega Puppet Plays in India called "Good Night Baby Dino" and "Hats Off", each of which had 100 to 150 puppets.Padhye has a collection of more than 1500 puppets from around the world including puppets made by him in his own Puppet Studio.His son Satyajit Padhye is Gen-Next Ventriloquist and Puppeteer who is carrying this art of Puppetry to future generations. Ramdas Padhye is Indias Leading Ventriloquist, Puppeteer and Puppet-Maker. ... Satyajit, son of famous Indian Ventriloquist and Puppeteer Ramdas Padhye , is a budding Ventriloquist, Puppeteer and Puppet maker. ...


Two of the most famous modern puppeteers are Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Using The Muppets their work has entertained children for decades on the popular television series like Sesame Street, and adults for The Muppet Show. Henson and Oz also frequently worked in film, including directing and puppeteer work in the 1982 film The Dark Crystal and the 1986 film Labyrinth. Oz is also well known for his work with the puppet of Yoda in the popular Star Wars movie series and as a director of movies such as the musical Little Shop of Horrors. Jim himself never played with puppets when he was a kid, but as soon as television came out, this young artist started to experiment with the artform. And Frank Oz's parents were both puppeteers but Frank himself didn't get into it until he meet Jim and saw The Muppets for the first time. Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters, and the company created by Jim Henson. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... 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 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The Dark Crystal is a 1982 fantasy film by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. ... 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. ... Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 screen adaptation of the off-Broadway stage musical of the same name. ...


Another famous modern puppeteer is Gerry Anderson who used a marionette puppet system called Supermarionation to a number of successful science fiction television shows like Thunderbirds. Gerry Anderson (MBE), born 14 April 1929, is a British producer, director and writer, famous for his futuristic television programmes, particularly those involving specially modified marionettes, a process called Supermarionation. His first television production was the 1957 Roberta Leigh childrens series The Adventures of Twizzle. ... Supermarionation (standing for super marionette animation) is a puppetry technique devised by the British production company AP Films and used extensively in its numerous action-adventure series, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Thunderbirds. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Thunderbird refers to several things: The Thunderbird is a mythical creature common to Native American religion. ...


List of notable puppeteers

Captain Kangaroo was a childrens show which aired weekday mornings on CBS from 1955 until 1984, then moved to PBS until 1992. ... Captain Kangaroo was a childrens television series which aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS from 1955 until 1984, then moved to the American Program Service (now American Public Television, Boston) to air syndicated reruns of past episodes in 1992. ... Don on location with a waterpistol toting SCRATCH for Ministry of Mayhem. ... Bob Baker (born in Bristol, England in 1939) is an accomplished television and film writer. ... William Britton Baird (August 15, 1904 - March 18, 1987), professional name Bil Baird, but often referred to as Bill Baird, was an American puppeteer of the mid- and late 20th century. ... Ramdas Padhye is Indias Leading Ventriloquist, Puppeteer and Puppet-Maker. ... From left to right, Trace Beaulieu as Dr. Clayton Forrester and Frank Conniff as TVs Frank in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Crow T. Robot Crow T. Robot is a fictional character from the American science fiction comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). ... Sam Bermans caricature of Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen for 1947 NBC promotion book Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 – September 30, 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist. ... Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 _ September 30, 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist. ... The Norwich Puppet Theatre is a nationally unique venue dedicated to puppetry housed in the Medieval church of Saint James a Grade 1 listed building, in the city of Norwich, England. ... Richard Bradshaw OAM, born 1938, is an internationally renowned Australian puppeteer. ... Fran Brill is a actress, voice actress and puppeteer, best known for her roles on Sesame Street. ... Prairie Dawn is a rather mature seven-year old Muppet girl on the childrens television program Sesame Street. ... flor: omg finally this website open, it wouldnt work. ... Little Bird is a fictional character on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Roxie Marie is a female character on Sesame Street. ... Kevin Clash and Elmo Kevin Clash (born September 17, 1960) is an accomplished puppeteer whose characters include Elmo, Clifford, and Hoots the Owl. ... Elmo Elmo is a Muppet on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... John Eccleston is a puppeteer, known for his work as Rygel in Farscape, Groove in The Hoobs and his many roles on British childrens television alongside Don Austen. ... Wayland Flowers (November 26, 1939 - October 11, 1988) was a ventriloquist. ... Madame was a popular puppet in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Christine Glanville (October 1924 - February 1999) was a professional puppeteer and spent most of her working life involved to some degree with Gerry Anderson. ... Gerry Anderson (MBE), born 14 April 1929, is a British producer, director and writer, famous for his futuristic television programmes, particularly those involving specially modified marionettes, a process called Supermarionation. His first television production was the 1957 Roberta Leigh childrens series The Adventures of Twizzle. ... Dave Goelz (born July 16, 1946) is a puppeteer best-known for his association with The Muppets, and in particular with the Muppet character Gonzo. ... Gonzo, Gonzo the Great, or The Great Gonzo (said to be short for Gonzales in The Muppet Show) is a puppet character, one of Jim Hensons Muppets. ... Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... Ernie, in a skit. ... Being John Malkovich is a 1999 film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. ... Richard Hunt (August 16, 1951 - January 7, 1992) was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets. ... Scooter is a bespectacled character from The Muppet Show. ... Dr. Bunsen Honeydew is a character from The Muppet Show, performed by Dave Goelz. ... Sweetums in The Muppet Movie with Milton Berle. ... William Kincaid William Kincaid (also Bill Kincaid) is a locally known artist (b. ... Doug Kincaid (b. ... RAGGS Kids Club Band is a childrens music group of dogs, humans in costume. ... Roberto La Morticella is a Chicago Heights-based sculptor. ... Poster for the Monterey Pop Festival, June 1967 This article refers to the summer of 1967. ... This biography does not cite any references or sources. ... Shari Lewis (born Sonia Hurwitz; January 17, 1933 - August 2, 1998) was a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and childrens television show host, most popular during the 1960s. ... Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop Mallory Lewis with Lamb Chop Lamb Chop is a fictional character, more precisely a fictional sheep, who is a sock puppet created by comedian and ventriloquist Shari Lewis. ... David J Logan (born 1960, Brisbane) is an Australian historian, drama and theatre teacher, director, puppeteer and playwright. ... The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1978 by Vincent Anthony. ... Rick Lyon is a puppeteer from Rochester, New York, who has worked for Jim Henson Studios as one of the operators of Big Bird. ... Avenue Q is a Tony award-winning musical that was conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. ... Matthew McCoy is a puppeteer that has performed extensively in the theatres within Australia and internationally. ... Farscape (1999–2003) is a science fiction television series, featuring a present-day astronaut who accidentally travels through a wormhole to a distant part of the galaxy. ... Paul McPharlin (1903-48) was a puppeteer who performed at the turn of the 20th century. ... Childrens Fairyland, U.S.A. was the first theme park created to cater to families with young children. ... Childrens Fairyland, U.S.A. was the first theme park created to cater to families with young children. ... Basil Milovsoroff (1906-1992) was an accomplished Russian-American puppeteer. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000s Michael J. Nelson (left) and Kevin Murphy at an Exoticon 1 convention panel in Metairie, Louisiana, November 1998. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Tom Servo Tom Servo is a fictional character from the American science fiction comedy television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). ... Jerry Nelson (born July 10, 1934) is a Muppet puppeteer. ... 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. ... The following is a list of Muppet, animated, and human characters on Sesame Street, ordered alphabetically by first name. ... Sergey Obraztsov with a puppet of his youthful alter ego. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... Miss Piggy being moved on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Miss Piggy is a Muppet character primarily played by Frank Oz. ... Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Bert hosting a convention of the National Association of W Lovers meeting Bert is a fictional character, a Muppet on the Public Broadcasting Services long-running childrens television show, Sesame Street. ... Fozzie Bear Fozzie Bear in Muppets Treasure Island (and Mr. ... Grover and Kimiko on Sesame Street A Celebration of Me, Grover DVD cover Grover shown alongside another character from Sesame Street, Kermit the Frog, on the cover of The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street. ... Cookie Monster (right) and his mother in a season 33 Letter of the Day segment, 2002. ... Pietro Radillo (1820-1895), the Venitian puppeteer, made significant innovations in the marrionette arts. ... Reverend Frederick McFeely Fred Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, minister, songwriter and television host. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... Peter Schumann (b. ... Puppets found in the Bread & Puppet Museum in Glover, Vermont The Bread and Puppet Theater (often known simply as Bread & Puppet) is a politically radical puppet theater, active since the 1960s, currently based in Glover, Vermont. ... Bruce D. Schwartz is an American puppeteer and sculptor. ... Robert Smigel (born February 7, 1960) is an American humorist and performer best known for his Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. ... Best of Triumph DVD Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog is a puppet created and performed by Robert Smigel premiering in 1997 on NBCs Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... Larry Smith is a puppeteer and producer of childrens programming in the Cincinnati area since 1957. ... Spinney appears on a 1970s episode of Whats My Line Caroll Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney or Ed Spinney (born December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA) is a puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Big Bird finds Ernie in a game of Journey to Ernie. ... An Oscar the Grouch puppet, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Oscar the Grouch, peering out of his can Oscar the Grouch is a Muppet character on the television program Sesame Street. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... John Tartaglia. ... Avenue Q is a Tony award-winning musical that was conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. ... Johnny and the Sprites is a musical television show aimed for preschoolers that airs every weekend on the Playhouse Disney program of The Disney Channel. ... Winston Tong is a San Francisco-based performer, known both for his involvement (1977-86) with the Avant-garde / Synth Pop / Post punk group, Tuxedomoon, and for his solo work as a musician, performance artist, actor/playwright, and puppeteer. ... The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ... Jiří Trnka (24 February 1912 Plzeň - 30 December 1969) was Czech puppet maker, illustrator, and motion-picture animator, renowned for his puppet animations. ... Señor Wences (April 17, 1896 – April 20, 1999) was a prominent 20th century ventriloquist whose popularity grew with his frequent appearances on CBSs Ed Sullivan Show. ... Steve Whitmire (born September 24, 1910) is a puppet with the Jim Henson Company. ... Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... Ernie, in a skit. ... Willie Tyler, (born September 8, 1940, in Red Level, Alabama), is an American ventriloquist, comedian and actor. ...

Famous people who also were puppeteers

Taeuber-Arp on the 50 Swiss Francs note Sophie Taeuber-Arp (19 January 1889 - 13 January 1943) was a Swiss artist, painter, and sculptor. ... Cover of the first edition of the publication, Dada. ... Michael Ian Black (born Michael Schwartz on August 12, 1971) is an American actor, comedian and comedy writer. ... Peter Stephen Paul Brook CH CBE (born 21 March 1925) is a highly influential British theatrical producer and director. ... For other persons named Alexander Calder, see Alexander Calder (disambiguation). ... Robert Emerson Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Jean Cocteau Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (July 5, 1889 – October 11, 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker. ... Ibsen redirects here. ... Alfred Jarry Alfred Jarry (September 8, 1873 – November 1, 1907) was a French writer born in Laval, Mayenne, France, not far from the border of Brittany; he was of Breton descent on his mothers side. ... {Infobox musical artist | | Name = Ted Milton | Background = Poet, Musician, Puppeteer | Origin = London, England | Years_active = 1962—present | Instrument = saxophones, | Genre = Art rock} Ted Milton born 1943. ... Oskar Schlemmer (September 4, 1888 – April 13, 1943) was a German painter, sculptor and designer associated with the Bauhaus school. ... Typography by Herbert Bayer above the entrance to the workshop block of the Bauhaus, Dessau, 2005. ... Peter Seeger (born May 3, 1919), almost universally known as Pete Seeger, is a folk singer, political activist, and author. ... Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, satirist, actor, writer, author, and producer. ...  , IPA: , (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German polymath. ... Phil Vischer is a writer, actor, animator, puppeteer, and the founder of Big Idea Productions, the company best known for bringing computer-animated vegetables to life in the popular VeggieTales series. ... VeggieTales is a series of childrens computer animated films featuring humorous, anthropomorphic vegetables and conveying moral themes compatible with and often based on Christianity and Judaism. ... Mike Nawrocki(b. ... VeggieTales is a series of childrens computer animated films featuring humorous, anthropomorphic vegetables and conveying moral themes compatible with and often based on Christianity and Judaism. ...

Non-Puppetry related

Machinima artists also call the work of those who move the characters in the virtual world puppeteering. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


See also

A puppet is a representational object, usually but not always depicting a human character, used in play or a presentation. ... Adult puppeteering is the use of puppets in contexts aimed at adults rather than children. ... Puppetista is a word coined in 2000 by a group of puppeteers who make and use puppets in street theater and political demonstrations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Known Space is the fictional setting of several science fiction novels and short stories written by author Larry Niven. ... Piersons Puppeteers, often known just as Puppeteers, are a fictional alien race from Larry Nivens Known Space books. ... A puppet is a representational object, usually but not always depicting a human character, used in play or a presentation. ...

External links

  • Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA) - International organization of puppeteers and puppet enthusiasts
  • Puppeteers of America - National non-profit organization of puppeteers in the United States
  • The Puppetry Homepage - Extensive with links to information on puppeteers and all styles of puppetry
  • Puppeteers UK - Directory and news on puppeteers and puppetry in the UK
  • PuppetVision Blog - Popular weblog about puppeteers and the role of puppetry in film, television and digital media
  • Frappr Map - Of puppeteers worldwide
  • International Performers Directory- Find Puppeteers and Ventriloquists by Country and State.
  • PuppetryLab - Puppeteer theory and video training tutorials
  • Puppets in Prague - Puppetry courses conducted by professional puppeteers in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Wikia has a wiki about this topic: Puppet

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A general distinction between a puppet and an automaton is the former is mostly operated live and the latter is mostly programmed (for example a coin-operated automata-show or piano-roll sideshow figure).
Puppets of all sizes and types may be categorized under this umbrella term since this form allows a wide range of puppets, controlled by one or many puppeteers.
Punching Puppet Trivia: the head of the Punching Puppet Nun (from Archie McPhee / Accoutrements and American Science and Surplus, primary Punching Puppet Nun suppliers) is the same head from the older Margaret Thatcher Punching Puppet, prompting a claim of Anti-Catholicism by the Catholic League (citation).
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