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Frown Town at APE

Posted by Andy on Oct 17, 2012 in Promotion | Subscribe

Two of the nicest days San Francisco has seen all year… why not spend them inside behind a folding table giving people little bits of paper?   Read more…

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The Family Rumsey

Posted by Andy on May 19, 2010 in Characters, Costumes, Props | Subscribe

The Rumsey family looking their finest. Read more…

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Suits, Sticks and Screen Prints

Posted by Steve on May 10, 2010 in Costumes, Production, Props | Subscribe

As all things puppet plummet towards the finish line, we’re tackling all the little leftovers, from whittling and screen printing to stringing together rave bracelets and peacock pendants. Read more…

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Clothier to the Puppet Kin

Posted by Steve on Apr 28, 2010 in Costumes, Production | Subscribe

As Andy finishes up set design for our pilot episode, I’ve been arduously outfitting the puppet kids. Read more…

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Body Parts

Posted by Andy on Feb 15, 2010 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

Having a whole shelf of children’s heads, whether they’re puppets or not, is a bit creepy. It’s about time the little urchins got bodies of their own. Read more…

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Severed Heads, Finished Faces

Posted by Steve on Jan 22, 2010 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

At long last the puppet children’s heads — hopefully the most time consuming element of production — are finished.  From snot drips and braces to sunglasses and coonskin caps, the kids are primed to party from the neck up.  Take a gander.  Go on. Read more…

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Teeth and Mouths

Posted by Steve on Jan 14, 2010 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

The focal point of most floppy-headed Muppety puppets is the mouth, so it was important to get ours right.  This meant many arduous hours crafting realistic teeth and uvulas.  Was it worth it?  I don’t know.  Probably. Read more…

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Many Hands Make Less Sisyphean Work

Posted by Steve on Dec 1, 2009 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

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Andy has returned from his travels in the exotic east.  Good news for Frown Town, frown town for Andy.  Say goodbye to the pyramids and hello to hundreds of hours snipping and gluing bits of felt in a windowless room.  We know your pain, slaves who built the pyramids. Read more…

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James Rumsey’s Prototypical Failure

Posted by Steve on Nov 19, 2009 in Characters, Prehistory | Subscribe

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I’ve been so consumed with the mind-numbing repetitiveness of mass puppet production that I’ve not bothered to take pictures of my progress.  Rest assured, I’m hard at work coiffing the kids, one hair at a time.  I’ll post something on that subject shortly, but in the meantime let’s take a look at the forebearer of the species, the James Rumsey prototype.  Read more…

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Gallery of Fully Carved Foam Faces

Posted by Steve on Oct 5, 2009 in Characters, Production | Subscribe

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From the inauspicious cushions of unwanted couches come the heads of eight unwanted children. Read more…

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