THE BEST Puppets

Adam Savage’s Pet Dragon Puppet

Adam Savage’s Pet Dragon Puppet

One thing we love about Adam Savage is how he shares work from others, and not just his own creations. Here, he shows off a charming dragon puppet he commissioned from artist Katherine Winslade. Despite being assembled from simple foam, plastic, and paints, it has a tremendous amount of personality and expressiveness.

Rainbow Connection Live

Rainbow Connection Live

Every time we hear the song Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie, it gives us the feels. While Jim Henson set the bar high with his original performance, 13-year-old puppeteer Kai and his dad Kelbe Schrank did the song and its creators proud during an event at Aubrey, Texas’ Fortunata Winery.

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Glowing Fish Puppet

Glowing Fish Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon is an expert at creating simple characters with tremendous expressiveness. His latest creation is a tiny, glow-in-the-dark fish puppet that has a wonderfully fluid movement, despite being controlled by just two simple rods. It even can be operated underwater.

Nebula-75

Nebula-75

Nebula-75 brings back the style of classic puppet serials like Thunderbirds and Fireball XL-5. Working with a remote pre- and post- production crew, a team of three from Century 21 Films is shooting the series in their small London flat, since they were living together when the lockdown started. Catch Episode 2 here.

Re-Constructing E.T.

Re-Constructing E.T.

For Christmas 2019, Xfinity released a heartwarming commercial that featured the return of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It turns out that VFX artists had to build a whole new puppet, based on the original from 37 years earlier. Legacy Effects takes us behind the work that went into bringing the beloved character back to life.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The first full trailer for Netflix’s follow up to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal is here, and it looks amazing. The story is set many years before the movie, as three Gelfling set out on an adventure to save their world after discovering the source of the evil Skeksis’ power is draining the life from their universe. Premieres 8/30/19.

Glowing Puppy Puppet

Glowing Puppy Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon shows off his latest creation, a glow-in-the-dark, four-legged friend that charges up under black light. It requires both hands for operation, and has a tremendous amount of character, versatility, and expression.

Glove and Boots: The Tooth Fairy

Glove and Boots: The Tooth Fairy

Mario has a new get rich quick scheme – to grab up all the teeth he can and leave them for the tooth fairy. But like many puppets, he has no teeth of his own. So he sets about cooking up a scheme to put one over on the famed money-for-teeth operation.

Age of Resistance (Teaser)

Age of Resistance (Teaser)

Fans of Jim Henson’s and Frank Oz’s 1982 classic The Dark Crystal will be thrilled by the teaser for this 10-hour series, which is headed to Netflix this August. Like the original, it’s filled with fantastical creatures and settings, and uses puppetry and practical effects wherever possible.

How Sesame Street’s Muppets Work

How Sesame Street’s Muppets Work

WIRED takes us behind the scenes with the cast of Sesame Street for a look at how the performers operate each of their Muppets, along with a few other cool tidbits about the art of puppetry. Their arms must get so tired over their heads like that all the time.

Asleep on the Train

Asleep on the Train

Director Catherine Prowse’s music video for Tom Rosenthal’s simply wonderful tune Asleep on the Train tells a beautiful tale of self-discovery. Though the entire clip was animated using marionettes and miniatures, it’s as human a story as can be.

Skeletonics Exoskeleton Suit

Skeletonics Exoskeleton Suit

Skeletonics‘ 9+ foot tall, 88 lb. electro-mechanical exosuit is more puppet than practical work assistant, but it’s still pretty awesome. In addition to offering its wearer a lift on stilts, it gives them giant robot arms and individually-controlled bony fingers.

Ocho the Octopus

Ocho the Octopus

Puppeteer and performance artist Tim Davies shows off his latest creation – a gigantic inflatable octopus puppet with articulated tentacles. It measures more than 13 feet high and 22 feet wide, yet has soft and smooth movements despite its size. More here.

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Meet Spiky

Meet Spiky

Puppeteer and artist Barnaby Dixon shows off his latest creation, a highly-expressive finger puppet that draws inspiration from aardvarks, armadillos, and porcupines, but in this case the adorable critter has sweet glow-in-the-dark spikes.

The Pits

The Pits

Writer, editor, and puppeteer David Bizzaro presents a charming and family-friendly live-action short film about an avocado who finds himself feeling empty, and heads out on a quest through New York City in search of his missing better half.

The Happytime Murders (Red Band)

The Happytime Murders (Red Band)

(PG-13) Muppets creator Jim Henson’s progeny Brian has gone over to the dark side with a film filled with puppets that’s most definitely not for the kids. It’s a raunchy and darkly comic story of a human and a puppet who must team up to catch a serial puppet killer.

Isle of Dogs: The Puppets

Isle of Dogs: The Puppets

If you haven’t seen Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs yet, it’s definitely well worth a watch. In this behind-the-scenes clip, go inside UK-based Arch Model Studio, home to the talented men and women who handcrafted the film’s intricate puppets for over 800 on-screen characters.

The Crystal Fox Puppet

The Crystal Fox Puppet

Whether or not you loved The Last Jedi, you’ve got to hand it to the effects departments for their work on the film. While we assumed the Vulptex (aka “crystal foxes”) were CGI, it turns out they built an amazing animatronic puppet for close-ups, then scanned it for digital use.

Bug Puppet Gets a Face

Bug Puppet Gets a Face

Barnaby Dixon gave his amazing bug puppet a somewhat creepy, yet awesome upgrade – a tiny screen that lets him display his own face on the bug’s head. He wears a GoPro camera while operating the puppet to bring even more life to his already dynamic puppet creation.

Barnaby’s Bug Puppet

Barnaby’s Bug Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon follows up his amazing character “Manu” with a dancing bug who glows in the dark. From his grippy bug hands, to his fluttering bug wings, to his dangly bug antennae, this little guy is a real charmer.

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Harold Halibut

Harold Halibut

In The Slow Bros’ humorous adventure game, you play a janitor who was born in a colossal spaceship launched in the ’70s to colonize other worlds, but instead got stuck in a planet filled with water. The game’s unique visuals are scanned from handmade puppets and props.

The Mysterious Ticking Noise: 10 Years

The Mysterious Ticking Noise: 10 Years

What was one of the most popular videos in the early days of YouTube gets revisited, with the cast of finger puppet Harry Potter reuniting to celebrate 10 years since the original, and taking advantage of today’s much improved video streaming quality.

Raptor Puppet

Raptor Puppet

Barnaby Dixon not only has an awesome name, he’s also an incredible puppeteer. Here he is showing off another one of his fantastic creations, a tiny velociraptor. It’s all in the tail. And that squeaking voice.

MANU Glows

MANU Glows

Barnaby Dixon gave his finger puppet MANU a Halloween makeover, embellishing his outfit with luminescent paints. Shooting his moves in the dark lets his puppetmaster fade even further into the background, letting us focus on his smooth dance grooves.

Finger Puppet 2.0

Finger Puppet 2.0

Puppet maker Barnaby Dixon shows off a proof-of-concept design for a new puppet that incorporates the use of his fingers to articulate its hands, feet and head. Combined with Barnaby’s solid puppeteering skills, its movements are impressively human. More here.

Flaming Phoenix Puppet

Flaming Phoenix Puppet

Performance artist Cinder Petrichor demonstrates a truly unique puppet she designed and built to look like the mythical fiery bird rising from the ashes. The moving puppet doesn’t self destruct thanks to its wire and Kevlar construction.

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