PuppetVision Archives: Feature Films

25 Oct 2011 “Bunraku” Opening Titles

Although the independent feature film Bunraku has little or no connection to puppetry, its brilliant opening titles are filled with it. The sequence takes the audience from the creation of the earth, to the dawn of human civilization and up to the present day. A key theme in the titles is the increasingly rapid development...

18 Oct 2011 Being Elmo Coming To Theatres

Constance Marks’ documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (see previous post) has been a huge hit on the film festival circuit. It’s won a number of accolades, including a special jury prize at Sundance and numerous audience awards at other festivals. The film explores Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash’s childhood fascination with puppetry and traces his...

05 Oct 2011 Muppet Fan-A-Thon

As the hype machine for The Muppets’ new movie (see previous post) heads in to full gear, Muppets Studio has launched the Muppet Fan-A-Thon. Miss Piggy kicked it off last week with a campaign for a bazillion “likes” for the new movie on Facebook. Once that happens – or presumably once they get sufficiently close...

06 Sep 2011 No more Yoda puppet in the Phantom Menace

Star Wars is coming to Blu-ray on September 12th and as we've come to expect, it's arriving with a few new tweaks. one of the most extensive is the replacement of the animatronic Yoda puppet in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace with a new CGI...

29 Jul 2011 Papa Smurf and Smurfette marionettes created by James Wojtal Jr. and Deborah Glassberg

The Smurfs opens in theatres today here in North America. Deborah Glassberg and James Wojtal Jr. designed and built these marionettes of Papa Smurf and Smurfette for one of the film's opening...

28 Jul 2011 An Attic Full of Puppets

Award winning documentary maker Richard Butchins was attending a party last January when he made the acquaintance of an older gentleman named Frank. Over the course of their conversation Frank casually mentioned that he “used to be in show business a bit,” and revealed a cupboard full of old cans of film. Richard eventually realized...

18 Jun 2011 “The Muppets” Official Movie Trailer

After teasing Muppet fans with trailers spoofing romantic comedies, Green Latern and The Hangover here’s the “official” trailer for The Muppets, the new Muppet movie scheduled for release later this...

08 May 2011 Mel Gibson is The Beaver

Jodie Foster's long-delayed film The Beaver finally debuted this weekend. It stars Mel Gibson as Walter, a depressed middle-aged man on the verge of losing his family who heals himself thanks to a discarded beaver handpuppet he finds in the...

03 May 2011 Performing Admiral Ackbar

This clip from Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi provides a glimpse of how one of the original Star Wars trilogy's famous aliens, Admiral Ackbar, was brought to...

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