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Shadow puppets from Freshwater Pearls Puppetry, used with permission

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General Puppetry

Wikipedia Search on Puppetry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Wikipedia Search on Puppet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Wikipedia Search on Marionette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Observations on the Historical Development of Puppetry by Keith Rawlings

Deeper Investigations into Shadow Theatre and Puppetry by Keith Rawlings

The American Puppet video from the Mazzarella Bros. Productions


Animatronics Mailing List - a mailing list devoted to animatronics

Audio-Animatronics - The following two articles are just a small portion of the 100-page article "A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Walt Disney and World's Fairs". From Persistance of Vision - The Historical Journal Devoted to Preserving The Creative Legacy of Walt Disney

Beginner's information on how to animate a Halloween skeleton - This project details how to built an animantronic using a common (around Halloween) skeleton, Hobbie Servos and and a Servo Controller Chip

The Character Shop - The Character Shop is an award-winning special effects company that excels in animatronics, makeup effects, puppets, and robotics.

Student Club Realistic Effects, Animatronics and Makeup - SCREAM - Dedicated to helping people interested in special effects...


Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

The Karakuri or Japanese Mechanical Puppets - images and explaniation of Japanese clockwork puppets

Julie S. Porter, Automata - Included is a translation of a short sequence from the work Le monde des automates, with origional french text and a modern mecanical doll, constructed with lessons leaned from the Jaquet-Droz.

Bunraku (one of the traditional theatrical arts in Japan using puppets)

A Brief Introduction to the History of Bunraku by Matthew Johnson

Kabuki for Everyone - videos, music, information about make-up, history and more

National Bunraku Theater, Osaka - Located on the cradle of Bunraku, the national theater of Bunraku forms a comprehensive complex of related facilities including the main theater, training institution and archives for historiographical materials.

Whitman College Sheehan Gallery Bunraku exhibition - selected images from The Doll Theater Bunraku Puppets in the Whitman College Collections - a catalog is also available for purchase

Tonda Traditional Japanese Bunraku - Information on college credit university summer programs for training in Japanese puppets, as well as language and culture.

Computer Animation & Motion Capture

Ascension Technology Corporation - Ascension Technology Corporation makes magnetic, optical, inertial and hybrid motion-tracking devices for 3D computer graphics interaction, animation and medical imaging.

Animation World Network - is the largest animation-related publishing group on the Internet.

CGI Wayang Kulit - Wayang Kulit is traditional Indonsian shadow play, particularly popular in Java and Bali.

Creating Interactive 3D actors

Kinetic Impulse - Motion Capture - Tonbridge, Kent, England - Motion capture consultants and developer of PECS Tools Suite.

Motion Analysis - 3-D Motion Capture for Performance Animation and Biomechanics

Pixar Animation Studios - is an Academy Award®-winning computer animation studio.

Point Happy Interactive - 3D Worlds, Animation, Web Graphics

Protozoa - animation, visual effects & title design

Puppetology: Science or Cult? - by Brad deGraf and Emre Yilmaz

QuantumWorks - using 3D game engine technology for non-gaming applications

Real-time Computer Animation from The Truly Dangerous Company - two folks who have a hard time saying what they do for a living.

SimGraphics - animates virtual characters from the motion-captured performance of a human actor in real-time.

Polhemus - real-time 3D motion capture

Vicon Peak - offers an integrated solution for both digital optical and video-based motion tracking.

The Virtual Theater Project - studies the creation of intelligent, automated characters that can act either in well-defined stories or in improvisational environments.

Giant Puppets

The Puppeteers' Cooperative - List of people who are interested in making giant puppets, pageants, and parades.

Wise Fool Handbook - a 100 page booklet with instructions on making masks, building giant puppets, walking on stilts and more!

Object Manipulation

Paul Zaloom: Taking on the Trash, a paper by Mark Burnette


Wikipedia Search on Marionette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Collecting Marionettes and String Puppets

Gotsi Greek Marionette Theater - Athens

One Person Marionette Productions/Shows - essay by Fred Thompson

The Puppet Theatre in Myanmar

Vaclav Sladek, Marionette Builder - Saskatchewan/Saskatoon, Canada

String Puppet Home Page

Suspended Animation, Where Marionettes Come to Life!

Pelham Puppets
  • Pelham Puppets Online

  • Fratello Marionettes, Pelham repairs

Movie Creature FX

FX FAQ (tm) from The Character Shop

FX Glossary from The Character Shop

Industrial Light and Magic

Puppets and Creature FX from The Truly Dangerous Company

The Visual Effects Resource Center

Stan Winston Studio complete with a great FAQ

Rod Puppets

Sicilian Puppet Theatre, Fratelli Pasqualino - Roma

Shadow Puppetry

CGI Wayang Kulit

Larry Reed's ShadowLight Productions - USA

The Kelantan Malay Shadow Play

Observations on the Historical Development of Puppetry by Keith Rawlings

Shadow Puppets: Designing, Building and Performing by Bill Woodburn

Wayang Kulit of Indonesia from Bali & Beyond


Gerry Anderson Links

Stop Motion

The Clayman's Funhouse


Stop Motion Works and Stop Motion Works Shoptalk

The Clay Animation How To Page

Toy Theater

Great Small Works Toy Theater Exhibition 2000


International Ventriloquist Association

Sunday Night Vent Chat

Vent Haven Museum - Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Arts in Education: Ventriloquism

Axtell Expressions, Inc.

Ventrilo-QuickTM lessons from The Axtell Learning Page

Children's Ministry Today Ventriloquist Figures

The Dummy Doctor

Getting a Dummy by Alan Semok, The Dummy Doctor

Video Puppets

Introduction to Video Puppetry: Manipulation for the Camera by Leo Brodie

Setting Up a Practice Monitor by Leo Brodie

Vintage Puppets

Thanks to ANDREA for putting together this list of vintage puppet sites.

Gasoline Alley Puppets: vintage hand puppets for those who wish to purchase or use as reference

Gasoline Alley Marionettes selection of vintage Marionettes, with great variety of name brands represented.

Collecting Marionettes and String Puppets

The Puppeteers of America Puppetry Journal

Folkmanis Collectors Page

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy history

Punch and Judy pictures of puppets

Chinese puppets history

Pelham Puppets Online

Steiff Price Database : enter "PUPPET" in search engine

Rare Disney Marionettes

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