1. Creature Shop Challenge! We’ve had reality shows about losing weight and finding romantic partners–why not about building puppets? Syfy channel has created a show where ten designers compete for a job at the Jim Henson Creature Shop. It airs on Tuesdays at 10pm, but you can also watch the episodes online. I haven’t seen it yet but I’m hoping to get some building ideas from watching what they come up with.
2. A theatrical version of Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke from 2013 that uses puppets made from recycled materials. Seriously, there’s absolutely nothing you can’t love about that sentence. This show is currently in a Research and Development stage again, so maybe there will be more opportunities to see it in the future! From the UK company Whole Hog Theatre.
3. The World Stages Festival has been amazing and inspiring and we will be writing more about the performances we saw soon. If you can, stop by the Kennedy Center before the end of the weekend and see the fantastic puppet installations.
4.The Manipulate Festival is an annual celebration of visual theater in the UK that encourages visitors to ‘leave preconceptions at the door.’ Here’s an article highlighting several productions this year that included puppetry.
5.Muppets Most Wanted needs no explanation. A new feature length film with Kermit & Co–what are you waiting for? Go see it!
I was stoked for creature shop challenge too. Here’s what i think rocks about the show: getting to see creativity at work, getting an inside look at construction techniques, materials, tools, etc. and of course seeing the final product! What I’m disappointed in though is the format. Good lawd! Could they really not extend some of that genius creativity to find a fresh way to engage an audience? It’s same old same old. And one more thing, I am glad they didn’t use the word puppet in the title for the show because the show is definitely all about the world of creatures on camera. I really like that they make that clear. Though puppetry for stage could offer some elegant and simpler design creations to the on camera world. That being said, my excitement for the show is no less and i will reserve official judgements until I see a few more episodes.