"Puppetry" has long been an interest of mine. Jim Henson was one of my heroes, and I cried when I heard he had died.
The 80's were a fascinating time in the evolution of "puppetry". I use the term loosely, as muppets, marionettes, and sophisticated radio control costumes all fall under the umbrella of this post.
From 1983 to 1987, Fraggles, Doozers, and Gorgs graced our tv screens. The Gorgs were among the most complex, with radio controlled faces:
|Gorg from Fraggle Rock|
|Ralph Kramden pre-incarnated as a dinosaur|
|I think the Sheep were the most impressive characters|
|Paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant: "I think I'm out of a job" Me: "Me too!"|
|1982's The Dark Crystal|
|1990's Robocop 2|
|1990's Total Recall|
|1982's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial|
|1980's The Empire Strike's Back|
|Sea Dog Cemetery: Bush Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2002.|
The fellow on top sits up when a bicycle brake lever is pressed, and turns his head.
|His head turns, and mouth opens|
I don't have photos of the actual costume, but he was very toothy!
|Jimmy Neutron Head|
|Patch the Pumpkin|