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    Famous Old-Fashioned Puppet Shows

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    If you were born after the 90’s, this mightseem like something very new to you if not awkward. Puppet shows are known to the people of the 90’s and backwards. Before these cartoons and animated movies, puppet shows were family time shows where the family gathered around the TV Set to watch these shows. There were also puppet shows that were live in concert halls, but due to technology, all these things have evolved in one way or another, but fact remains that puppet shows were more than just a show for those who were able to watch.
    Here are examples of the famous puppet shows:

    1. Kukla, Fran and Ollie

    Created in 1947, the puppet show initially was for children but with fame, adults also came to enjoy the show. Kukla was a puppet clown, Ollie a dragon with a single tooth and Fran was a figure that would help keep the two at sober terms. The puppet show was a huge hit and people of the 1950’s know the puppet show very well.

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    1. Kermit the Frog

    One of the most famous puppets shows up to date; Kermit the Frog aired first in 1955 as a lizard and until 1969 is when Kermit became a frog. In the same year, Kermit played a role in Sesame Street and over time Kermit played roles in The Muppet Show, The Muppets Take Manhattan and played as a guest host in The Tonight Show. Kermit, the frog is also a recent figure, with him in used to create “memes” that are doing rounds on the internet. Kermit is one of the most successful puppet shows of all time.

    1. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

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    Triumph the insult Cosmic Dog made appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. It first appeared on the screen in 1997 through a comedy skit and since then Triumph gained fame from shows, insults and some of his catch phrases. Triumph had a European accent and puffed a cigar that made his insults look more serious than they already were.

    1. Farfel and Danny O’Day

    Farfel and Danny O’Day appeared as puppets primarily in commercials for Nestle Quik. Their debut in the big screen came in the 1950’s where they joined up with Texaco Star Theater.

    1. 1. Howdy Doody Show

    From 1947 to 1960, the Howdy Doody Show was a famous hit for Bob Smith, who was the host. Howdy Doody was due to the way the puppet says “How do you do?” and this used to be a show that primarily was a hit for children. The show indulged the audience by Howdy asking the audience questions in the form of greetings, and this is mainly the reason it became so popular among kids. Howdy Doody is currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.


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    Even though puppet shows look like outdated, they can be helpful to kids of these days who are so much interested in technology. Puppet shows were a means to entertain and educate children that are very important.

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    Puppets That Will Keep You Up At Night – If You Just “Think” About Them!

    Are there puppets that are “scary” enough to keep one awake?

    The answer to this question is a definite yes. There are some puppetry props out there that can knock one’s socks off from a total frightening aspect. A lot of puppetries today is very realistic and can put the fear of “fear” into many. Therefore, if you don’t like scary puppets, then you do need to avoid reading this article. Because you may think about these truly chillingly chunks of wood, and whatever other materials, as being something for real and out to get you. We all know that puppets aren’t real in reality. However, if you are afraid of them, they can become very real and put genuine terror into your heart. The best offense is a good defense. What this translates to is this. If you view them as not scary. They won’t be “scary” to you!


    What are some awesome examples of puppetry that could keep you at night? – (if you let them, that is!)

    A scary puppet prop is something that can do two things. They can make you afraid of them or you can use them to scare others. Scaring others is far more fun. Just imagine the great and eerie puppet shows you could give too. However, this isn’t about buying a scary puppet; it is about profiling some of the scariest of all puppets out there. Puppets that can make your heart race and your blood run cold. Who are some of these special puppets that can incite great fear and keep you wide awake 24/7 and 7/24? They are as follows.

    Some very famous puppets from the movies that would scare your “pants” off!

    One thing about movies is this. They do have the power of creativity and special effects about them. This is what makes them so good at using puppet props and doll props to achieve ultimate scare tactics. Here are a few of the most memorable of all leading scary things to make you want to scream aloud. However, you cannot do it too loud in the theater, as you may get screen rage from fellow film viewers.


    1. Chucky – Chucky first made his devilish and evil appearance in the 1988 film called Child’s Play. Chucky is supposed to be a beloved doll for a little boy, but he’s just the opposite, and a single mother and son see the soul of a terrible serial killer coming after them. Chucky is without a doubt the most famous of all and well-known puppets on thescreen. He is terrifying, looming, and delivers the scare!
    2. The Poltergeist Clown Doll – The Poltergeist Clown Doll is without a doubt one of the most creepiest of all clown puppetry possible. What makes this smiling clown so scary is not its smile, just its presence, and the way it is shot to look in this 1982 hit movie. The clown doll is very menacing without having to make a giant impression. Its appearance does it alone. The young boy actor who played the part of Robbie Freeling was so afraid of this doll, he began to choke due to his fear, and this tells you the fear power that the clown has the power to incite.
    3. The Tricycle Doll from Saw – This puppetry is totally creepy and terrifying in what it means a lone. The Tricycle Doll from the horror movie Saw is bad omen personified. If a person sees this doll riding by, it spells goodbye for that person, because they know they will soon be murdered in some grisly fashion. This evil iconic Jigsaw puppet can scare the life out of anyone, big or small, fearful or not fearful.
    4. Dolly From Dolly Dearest – Another very terrifying and murderous puppet/doll is no other than the infamous Dolly from the horror movie called Dolly Dearest. Dolly is a very pretty doll and often referred to as the female version of Chucky. She is every inch creepy, scary, and on the evil warpath.
    5. Billy from Dead Silence – The puppet from the horror movie called Dead Silence, which was released in 2007, is a dummy that is no dummy when it comes to being filled with murderous rage and revenge towards humankind. Billy is a puppet that is possessedby the spirit of a murderous ventriloquist who was killed tragically. Billy has very wide eyes and a scary face that makes him the ultimate in casting fear to one’s heart.

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    Are you scared yet? Afraid to go to bed, turn out the lights, or look under your bed?

    These are just some of the puppets that will keep you up at night. But only if you let them. They are every inch scary, ruthless, cunning, cold-blooded, evil, menacing, and a 100+ more dark words that won’t be elaborated on here. You get the general idea. They are the stuff that nightmares are made of. They are also the stuff that no one would ever want to encounter for real. No way Jose! At least not me!

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    Countries With Long Tradition In Puppetry

    Puppet History

    Puppets are figurines that move because they are controlled by someone using strings, rods, or even hand movements. The earliest types of masks may have been the result of tribal ritual masks that were handmade with hinged jaws or jointed skulls. These were used in religious ceremonies or like Native American Indians, they were used to celebrate harvest festivals or in ceremonial dances. Unearthed Egyptian puppets were jointed and made from terra cotta material. There is puppetry entertainment, mentioned in the writings of Plato and Aristotle.



    China is known to have made shadow puppets made from dried animal hides, like that of donkeys, sheep, pigs, buffaloes, and fish. The shadow puppet artistry was controlled by the puppeteer using one hand to control a rod that was attached to the neck, and their other hand was used to control rods that were attached to its wrists. The Christians during the Middle Ages were also master puppeteers, who spread church doctrine through puppet shows put on by monks and priests. The name of “marionette,” may have come from the figure of The Virgin Mary. Marionette carries the meaning of “little Mary” or another interpretation stands for “Marotte,” which stands for a “fool’s scepter.”

    Modern Day Puppetry

    By the 16th century, puppet theaters existed throughout Europe with professional and operatic style puppet theatres entertaining children, adults, and heads of royalty. In the 17th century, there formed the worldwide Punch and Judy theatres. Puppets by now were figures with heads, clothing, and societal comments disguise as humor. Modern day puppets have evolved to TV with shows that included:

    • The Muppets and others.
    • Shari Lewis and Lamp Chop
    • Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
    • Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney
    • Mr. Rogers
    • Kukla, Fran and Ollie
    • Howdy Doody

    The Puppeteers of America was founded in 1937, and they produce over 160 national and regional festivals to celebrate and share the artistry of puppetry. There are several different international venues that hold puppetry sessions, shows, and its whole craftworks throughout the year. Puppeteers from throughout many countries attend these festivals, such as the “Izmir International Festival” and the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival. Both festivals have long featured puppeteers from many countries across the globe.


    The Oldest Puppet History

    1. Germany

    The puppet theater’s of Germany represents its earliest historical evolution and its cultural evolution because the puppet shows were expressions of what was taking place within this nation. While puppet theater or Figurentheater enjoys a higher level of prestige in German academic institutions because German puppet theaters were originally performed throughout the streets of Germany. Kasperle was the most famous puppet character in Germany and Austria. Kasperlewas developed in the late 17th century in Austria, and he was promoted as a clever peasant servant of the Viennese theatre, who was brought to Germany by traveling puppeteers. The Kasperle fame grew exponentially with its beginning as a hand puppet whose shtick was to beat his associates and supply slapstick comedy with political undertoned jokes. Kasperle still exists today in modern Germany. Other puppet and marionette venues take place throughout Germany and Austria, but more in an operatic and ballet style. Theatres were formed to house puppetry shows, with names like the Munich Marionette Theatre, the Lindau Marionette Opera, the Augsburg Marionette Theatre, and the Salzburg Marionette Theatre.


    1. China

    China deserves an honorable mention of the country that has the earliest and longest puppetry history. It is surmised that Chinese puppetry may have begun in its provinces at different times, like the eras in the 11the century, 446BC, 221BC, and in 206BC-24AD. The Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) introduced the manufacture of jointed wooden figures that were activated by flowing water. Puppets that were activated by water were so very well engineered, that they were capable of mimicking human actions such as drinking, singing, and playing the reed pipe. The Chinese skill in puppetry continued to advance, especially in its musical adaptations and puppet shows. By the middle of the 1970’s, full-length plays were performed by the Quanzhou Puppet Troupe and today the Wenhua Award, like the Academy Awards, was set up by the Ministry of Culture for the best puppet shows.

    Is There A Future For Puppets?

    Puppetry is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and thus far, its art work can not be duplicated, not even in 3D animation. At least Brian Henson and the Walt Disney Corporation don’t believe that puppetry will ever disappear. If anything, these amazing entertainment entities will be supercharging their puppets. Speaking of the future, a Northwestern University professor is working on designing a robot puppet that can stage their performance, but the question being posed, is this still theater puppetry? For now and for the next several years, puppet shows will remain in existence and every adult and child’s heart and memories.