I am currently reading "Jim Henson: The Biography" by Brian Jay Jones (which can be bought here) and it is amazing.
I have always loved the Muppets but reading this book has reminded my how much I love them. And watching the first movie tonight confirmed that even more.
A couple of summers ago, I got to have some time to experience the joy of dealing with a puppet for myself. As part of a guerilla marketing campaign for a production of Avenue Q that the Skylight Music Theatre was producing, my mother and I drove around town with James Pimpton, a puppet designed to look like James Lipton from Inside the Actors Studio. It was an absolute dream come true. The second I put him on, I felt him come to life. I loved every minute I spent with that puppet.
|Pimpton and I having a grand ole time.|
The hardest thing was making him seem alive in pictures. In a picture, the viewer cannot see the movement of the puppet. So what may look real and alive in person suddenly looks dead on film. This was also quite a learning experience and we quickly learned that we had to keep him talking and moving while the pictures were taken.
Pimpton and I became buds. Even though I knew that he was only a puppet I was controlling with my arm, he became more than that. He was quite real. And the day I had to give him back broke my heart.
But tonight I am reminded of my love for puppets like this. And I have made it my goal to find a way to get ahold of another puppet to play with and make my own. Someone that I can really create and turn into something amazing. Watch out world. I have a new goal.