Sunday, September 26, 2010

Swazzle/Chiodo Bros/Simpsons/Katy Perry

Katy Perry and the Simpsons

Thanks to another collaboration between The Chiodo Brothers and Swazzle the Simpsons will be puppets this December, and they are joined by pop-superstar Katy Perry.

It seems Elmo is not Katy Perry's only puppet pal. In a very special Christmas episode of the Simpsons, Katy Perry goes down in history as the first human to guest star on the show.

Swazzle created the puppets, and provided all of the puppeteers. The Chiodo Brothers produced the puppet segment, and Stephen Chiodo directed. Puppeteers: Sean Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Artie Esposito, Russ Walko, and Brett O'Quinn.

The Simpsons puppets were first announced at the Simpson's panel and Comic-con, where they screened a short clip for a couple thousand fans. EW gives you a first look:

Katy Perry to guest star on 'The Simpsons'! Here's your exclusive first look...
by Dan Snierson

Simpsons-Katy-PerryImage Credit: FoxIt looks like Katy Perry will get to sing with a puppet on TV after all. Although Sesame Street has decided that Perry’s “Hot N Cold” duet with Elmo is too hot for TV, The Simpsons is rolling out the yellow carpet for the pop star. has learned that Perry will guest in a Christmas-themed episode of the animated comedy—and in an unusual way: She appears as herself in a live-action segment that features Simpsons characters as puppets. “In the wake of Elmo’s terrible betrayal, the Simpsons puppets wish to announce they stand felt-shoulder-to-shoulder with Katy Perry,” quipped series executive producer Al Jean in a statement to Not only does the singer wind up leading Homer & Co. in a rendition of “The 39 Days of Christmas,” she plays the unlikely role of… Moe’s girlfriend! Yes, from Elmo to Moe she goes. (And as you can see in the picture above, her sartorial selection for this gig probably wouldn’t have been Street-approved either: The PBS show announced on Sept. 23 that it wouldn’t air Perry’s performance after previewing it on YouTube and receiving complaints about her cleavage-revealing outfit. By the way, her Simpsons bit was shot in mid-September, prior to the fuss.) Perry, the musical guest on Saturday Night Live tonight, won’t be the only celebrity gracing this Simpsons episode; Martha Stewart also pops up, but in cartoon form. “The Fight Before Christmas” airs Dec. 5 on Fox.

This video was captured during the Simpsons panel at Comic-con this past summer.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Swazzle Casting NY Puppeteers

Swazzle is casting NY/Tri-State Area hand and rod puppeteers for a live show that will premiere at FAO Schwarz on 5th Avenue beginning in September. The show will be promoting the "Juno Baby" brand, which is a series of children's DVD's featuring a cast of puppets who teach the wonders of music. Performances will take place over four Saturdays in September, with 3 to 4 rehearsal days in late August/ early September. Applicants must be available for all performance and rehearsal days. The number of shows per day has yet to be decided.

Due to the short lead time, there will be no auditions, instead please send your resume and/or links to your reels to Artie Esposito at .

Monday, July 26, 2010

Swazzle and Chiodo Bros Bring Simpsons to Life as Puppets

For the first time in their long history, The Simpsons will be brought to life as puppets, thanks to Swazzle, and The Chiodo Brothers. See the puppet Simpsons this December during the 2010 Christmas episode.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Special Preview at Comic-Con Saturday!

Recently Swazzle teamed up with the Chiodo Brothers to help create a super cool puppet project that will be previewed at Comic-Con during a panel this Saturday. Unfortunately, since it hasn't been officially announced yet, I can't even tell you which panel to go to - because that would be too much of a give away.

Once it's announced, I'll be able to share more info. In the mean time, enjoy Comic-Con.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pee-wee Bound for Broadway

Pee-wee Herman poses with the Swazzle puppeteers

I'm sure you've heard the amazing news that The Pee-wee Herman Show is headed to Broadway. Working with our good friends The Chiodo Brothers, Swazzle built nearly 20 puppets for the show which originally opened at Club Nokia this past January.

The puppet build was challenging. It took lot's of skill and innovation to recreate such playhouse favorites as Pterri, Pee-wee's flying pterodactyl, Pee-wee's talking map shaped clock, Clocky, The Flowers, The Fish and more.

Just about every puppetry discipline was utilized - hand puppets, rod puppets, marionettes and more.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to give you an exclusive behind the scenes look at the creation of the puppets from The Pee-wee Herman Show...'re welcome :)

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Once again Swazzle was featured on Check out the link to our new demo reel here.

The demo reel features behind the scenes photos and video from The Pee-wee Herman Show (which is on it's way to Broadway!), The Japanese Subaru commercial we worked on with our friends, The Chiodo Brothers, and more! Check it out and share it with your friends.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Team Smithereen is on the Air!

We just learned that Team Smithereen, the crazy stunt puppet show from The Dan Clark Company and W!ldbrain is hitting the air waves. You can catch all new Team Smithereen episodes every Saturday at 9:00 am on Disney XD during the Shortstop.