Episode One – Are You My Boy?

Posted by Andy on Oct 1, 2012 in Episodes, Video | Subscribe

Hey internet! The first ever episode of Frown Town, “Are You My Boy?” is alive and kicking. Check it out and get chuckling.

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The Frown is Back in Town

Posted by Steve on Aug 22, 2012 in Filming, Production | Subscribe

Oh. Hey, Internet. You been standing there long? Read more…

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Glass Onion

Posted by Steve on Jul 27, 2010 in Characters | Subscribe

Frown Town is a patchwork quilt of secondhand garbage.  Not only are the puppets physically constructed from used gear, but the characters and ideas that underpin it all are cobbled together from quirks and fragments collected elsewhere.  Does that paint us as a pair of pernicious plagiarists?  That depends on your poetics.  T.S. Elliot, for one, has got our back: “The poet’s mind is in fact a receptacle for seizing and storing up numberless feelings, phrases, images, which remain there until all the particles which can unite to form a new compound are present together.”  True for poets, true for puppeteers. 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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Ignoble Accolades Etcetera

Posted by Steve on Apr 15, 2010 in Costumes, Production, Props | Subscribe

Animal Scouts is all about being prepared.  Thing is, when you’re camping in the scraggly copses of half-woods that creep up through the rubbish of a poisoned city, it behooves one to be prepared for a wider and some-would-say ignobler set of contingencies.  They’d be wrong, mind you, on account’a ‘ignobler’ ain’t no kinda English, but then again ‘Grammar’ ain’t no kinda Animal Scout badge. 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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The Tri-Ponytails of Judy Swinehopper

Posted by Andy on Dec 9, 2009 in Characters, Production | Subscribe


Splendid Miss Swinehopper finally grew some hair. Read more…

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In San Francisco Salute the Skeleton Emperor

Posted by Steve on Nov 3, 2009 in Characters, Production | Subscribe


Frown Town production’s been on hiatus this past week as I put together my Halloween costume.  For one drunken evening I walked in the guise of his excellency Norton the First, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. Read more…

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Gallery of Fully Carved Foam Faces

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


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

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