A monthly round-up of articles, videos and links we shared on Twitter.
See # 4.
This month, we’re highlighting puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who stars in a new documentary called I Am Big Bird. If I’m being totally honest, one of my favorite movies of all time is Big Bird in Japan. So this month, here are some of the links we found about Spinney, an incredibly inspiring artist. Enjoy!
1. An article from Linda Holmes at NPR about the documentary.
Puppets are not for the faint of heart. Photo by Patricia Germann.
We discovered over the course of Malevolent Creatures rehearsals that we’ve all gotten pretty similar reactions when the word ‘puppet’ comes up in ordinary conversation. Here are the top five comments we’re used to hearing. Have you made one or more of them when meeting a puppeteer?
1. “Oh like the Muppets!” Well, um, not always. In fact, we’ve never created a show with hand-and-rod style puppets before, although we’re in the planning stages for one with GALA Hispanic Theatre.
2. “So you do stuff like on Sesame Street!” No, not really. Not too much counting or alphabet songs in our shows. Not all puppets are intended for children, despite the ubiquity of Big Bird and Bert and Ernie in our culture.
3. “Um…like Pinnochio?” Aside from Jim Henson, this is probably the only other named puppet character that most people can come up with.
4. “How cute!” Yes, very….until the puppet starts to go on a rampage and eat the audience. Wait, what? Oh right. NOT ALL PUPPETS ARE FOR CHILDREN. OR SQUEAMISH ADULTS.
5. “Is that a real job?” As a matter of fact, it is! Aren’t we lucky?
A round up of links and news we highlighted on Twitter this month:
#1: Still from the documentary THE MAN WHO MADE ANGELS FLY.
1. The Washington Jewish Film Festival has a documentary about puppeteer Michael Meschke called The Man Who Made Angels Flyplaying March 1 & 2! We posted an interview with the festival director earlier this week and will be introducing the screenings, so come see some amazing marionettes!
2. Benedict Cumberbatch gets some counting help from the Count. I think the show Sherlock could use a few puppets.