• NEWZOIDS 

Picture Shows: Beyonce, Boris Johnson, Vladimir Putin, Nigel Farage, Russell Brand and Andy Murray.

Welcome to the world of Newzoids, a topical puppet animation sketch show poking fun at pop stars, politicians, sports faces and TV favourites, and depicting our most talked about famous faces in a way they have never been seen before. 

Imagine a world where David Cameron and Nick Clegg battle it out on Jeremy Kyle, where Ed Miliband joins Ant and Dec on IÕm A CatastropheÉGet Me Out Of Here, and where Professor Brian Cox finds an extraordinary new planet in the solar system Ð Kim KardashianÕs backside.

The six part series features a combination of high-energy puppetering, snappy writing and pinpoint accurate impressions, sending up the weekÕs news events using a cast of outrageous and off the wall characters based on some of the worldÕs most prolific celebrities.  

Featuring the voices of impressionists including Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson, NewzoidsÕ groundbreaking mixture of low-tech traditional puppetry and state of the art animation puts a satirical and surreal spin on the stories and celebrities we read about every day. 

In the world of Newzoids, anything can happen and no one in the public eye is safe from the Newzoids treatment. Amongst the roster of famous (and infamous) faces on the Newzoids roll call are Ant and Dec, Wayne Rooney, Beyonce, Harry  	 Styles, Prince Harry, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Barack Obama, Russell Brand and Simon Cowell.

The writing team consists of a blend of established and up-and-coming talent including Pete Sinclair, Sarah Morgan, Madeleine Brettingham, Gabby Hutchinson Crouch, Colin Swash, Annabel Port, Dan Gaster, Carey Marx, Tom Neenan, Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris.

    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.