Chomping T-Rex and Velociraptor Hand Puppets Are the Best Winter Gloves

It's impossible not to love the Hulk, but given the choice between wearing a pair of over-sized green hands that smash, or the giant gaping jaws of our favorite dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park films, the T-rex and Velociraptor are always going to win. » 2/14/15 10:00am 2/14/15 10:00am

What Life Is Like Inside Jabba the Hutt

Arguably the best thing about the original Star Wars trilogy are the puppets. As George Lucas was not yet visually unleashed by CGI, these films had to work within technical limitations to create the bold and ambitious scenes that the scrips demanded. And no puppet (except, maybe Yoda) was as memorable or complex as… » 2/08/15 10:10am 2/08/15 10:10am

Transform Your Hand Into a Unicorn Whenever and Wherever You Want 

If you've ever plopped your five fingers on a table and thought, hmm, this reasonably resembles a four-legged creature with a middle finger of a head, then Handicorn will add a whole magical dimension to your finger puppetry. Pop on the four hooves and a head, and you've literally got a unicorn at your fingertips. » 1/08/15 1:15pm 1/08/15 1:15pm

Oscar the Grouch used to be orange (but was supposed to be magenta)

Sesame Street is 45 years old today, and the warm-spirited puppeteers behind the show's Twitter account did a fun thing. They shared 45 facts about Sesame Street over the course of the day. Chief among them is the fact that Oscar the Grouch was actually orange for the entire first season of the show. Orange! » 11/10/14 7:50pm 11/10/14 7:50pm

This animation using CGI to create marionette puppets is just stunning

This ad was made by Elastic for League of Legends (a game of which half the world plays and half the world doesn't know exists) but really, it's just phenomenal animation work. I love seeing the marionettes move around and interact with the environment, it really feels like they're on strings. » 11/06/14 9:16pm 11/06/14 9:16pm

Watch Team America And See How Much Our Geopolitics Haven't Changed

Yesterday we highlighted a slew of films that were leaving Netflix at midnight this morning. Don't even look at the list, I'd say, it's too painful; they're already long gone. However, Netflix has attempted to heal our wounds with a long list of additions, including the great Team America: World Police. » 10/01/14 8:36pm 10/01/14 8:36pm

Forget Hot Air: Disney Parade Floats Could Soon Fly Under Drone Power

The Disney theme park empire is always working to stay on the cutting edge of spectacle tech, and judging by some recent patent applications, The Mouse has his eye on the skies: Disney's R&D teams want to use drones for their theme park parade floats and aerial displays. » 8/27/14 10:33am 8/27/14 10:33am

Even Behind-the-Scenes That Chest Bursting Alien Is Terrifying

A lot of people try and avoid behind-the-scenes looks at their favorite movies for fear it could ruin the mystique of what they're seeing on-screen. But surprisingly, seeing the inner workings of the infamous chest bursting alien from Aliens is just about as terrifying as the actual scene in the movie, if not more so. » 9/06/13 8:02am 9/06/13 8:02am

How To Film a Horse Trapped in Barbed Wire (and Not Have PETA Up Your…

So Steven Spielberg is making a movie all about WAR HORSES. It doesn't really have the same ring as WAR DOGS, but whatever, I'll entertain the idea. However, you can't really film horses getting beat up and not expect a public uproar. So how'd they do it? Puppeteers. » 1/25/12 11:20am 1/25/12 11:20am

All Local News Teams Should Use Puppets Instead of Court Sketches

If you're a local news outlet that's been blocked from entering a courtroom to cover an event live, you have two options. The first is to send in a artist who can sketch the proceedings in a lumpy, boring, pastel blah kinda way. The second? Puppet reenactments. » 1/20/12 5:00pm 1/20/12 5:00pm

These Incredibly Animated Taiwanese Kung-Fu Puppets Also Breathe Fire

It was great to see the Muppets back in theaters, but Kermit plucking away on a banjo is no match for the incredibly lifelike performances of these Taiwanese martial arts hand puppets that can even breathe fire. » 12/12/11 10:00am 12/12/11 10:00am

Puppets Show Their Dramatic Side in The Narrative of Victor Karloch

I'm a big fan of the Muppets, but
I'm equally impressed by the dramatic and creepy performances of the puppets used in this first trailer for The Narrative of Victor Karloch, produced by Heather Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation. » 12/03/11 4:00pm 12/03/11 4:00pm

Being Elmo Is a Movie That Shows You the Man Behind the Puppet

Kevin Clash. You might not know who he is but every kid in America will recognize his work. He's Elmo. Like the Elmo. Being Elmo is a documentary that takes a heartfelt look at Clash, Elmo, a lifelong dream and more. Watch the trailer, it looks ah-mazing. » 9/26/11 10:40am 9/26/11 10:40am

Watch These Puppets Explain Everything Worth Knowing About TV Ratings

You've heard of Nielsen ratings. You're pretty sure it involves a box. Heck, you even know what a "time-shift" is. But you have never, ever had the veil of ratings secrecy pulled back so completely. Or with so many puppets! » 9/16/11 8:53am 9/16/11 8:53am

The Mosspuppet App That Could Have Been

Is Mossboard, the official Mosspuppet iPhone app, scarily accurate or accurately scary? You be the judge. Warning: reference to Steve Jobs nipples ahead. » 8/03/10 8:40pm 8/03/10 8:40pm

Gigantic Marionettes Invade Berlin

This week in Berlin, two gigantic marionettes have appeared to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They are awesome. Check the Big Picture for the full set. [Big Picture] » 10/07/09 4:20pm 10/07/09 4:20pm

Walt Mosspuppet's Windows 7 Survival Guide: Blow Up Best Buy, or It'll…

Walt Mosspuppet lays out surviving the Windows 7 apocalypse: Blowing up Best Buys will slow the spread, but killing the head Windows 7 is crucial. If you can't join the fight, seek shelter in an Apple Store. Ready? [YouTube] » 7/27/09 2:20pm 7/27/09 2:20pm

Walt Mosspuppet Answers Reader Mail: "Call Pogue, He Knows How to Do…

Walt Mosspuppet answers reader mail, exactly like you'd expect the only technology journalist in the world to, but super funny and mean. [YouTube via Fake Steve Jobs] » 7/15/09 6:00pm 7/15/09 6:00pm

Shadow Monsters, Give Your Shadows Some Life

Growing up I loved making shadow puppets, but regardless of how awesome I thought they were, no one could decipher my genius. Enter Shadow Monsters. This game (is it really considered a game?) takes your shadowy creations and digitally alters them onto a projection screen. It can even tell that you are trying to open… » 9/07/07 6:27pm 9/07/07 6:27pm