Weird Universe

Puppets and Automatons

Johnny Jupiter

There's a bit of Jim Carrey to our hero Ernie.

Full story here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 11, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Puppets and Automatons, Television, 1950's

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others


You recall perhaps the full-size rubber mask of the mystery half-wit? Well, here he is again, as a hand-puppet, inexplicably consorting with legit Disney characters. The manufacturers must have loved that design.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 28, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Puppets and Automatons, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

Early Sexbots

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 09, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, Sex Toys, 1930's, 1940's

The Origin of Crash Test Dummies

Not the musical group.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 05, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Motor Vehicles, PSA's, Puppets and Automatons, 1960's

Santa Claus’s Punch & Judy

Santa Claus finally brings the puppet ultra-violence to Xmas that the holiday has traditionally lacked.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 07, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Puppets and Automatons, Toys, 1940's

Winnie Ruth Judd

Not sure if an infamous murder case benefits from the marionette approach, but it's certainly unique.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 10, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Puppets and Automatons, Documentaries, 1930's, Dismemberment

One Night in a City

Wu-vies--Originally, this nine-minute clip was viewable in its entirety. Since I created the post, however, it's been marked "private." So here's a two-minute trailer for it, to give you just a taste, unfortunately.

One Night in a City from İstanbul Animation Festival on Vimeo.

Now that I do a little more research, it appears that even the nine-minute clip was a fraction of the 76-minute feature. Might be worth searching out on DVD.

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 18, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, Body Modifications, Music, Puppets and Automatons, Stop-motion Animation, Europe

WU-style Personality Test

When it comes to choosing African-American ventriloquists, are you the kind who likes the clean soul stylings of Willie Tyler and Lester?

Or the dirty funk of Richard and Willie?

The latter clip is verbally NSFW.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 04, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Entertainment, Puppets and Automatons, Racism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Subcultures, 1970's
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