Monday, October 29, 2007

Hitler in Hell

Patrick and Hitler Puppet

Patrick performs the Hitler puppet for the JibJab Anniversary Sendable. In the final video the poles holding the chain were hidden behind a digital rock element, and the puppet’s hand hole, was covered with digital fire.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Performing Satan

Sean, Patrick, and Satan

Patrick Johnson puppeteers Satan's mouth and left hand, Sean Johnson assists with Satan's right hand. All of the puppets were shot at Jibjab's green screen studio and comped into their fiery environment using After Effects and Flash. See Satan in action in JibJab's new Sendables.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Greetings From Hell

Greetings from Hell

The comedy website JibJab most famous for their "This Land" political cartoon just introduced a new service called Sendables. They are funny videos with a personalized message, that you can send to your friends. Patrick and I did all the puppetry for the Greetings from Hell Sendables. We worked from a recorded track and performed the puppets against a green at JibJab's headquarters. There are six Greetings from Hell available now - check them out, and send them to all your friends.

Monday, October 22, 2007



This is the stork from The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan by Snapdragon Puppet Productions. The stork is a little rod puppet. His head is made from a small wooden ball, and his miss matched eyes match his goofy character.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Bugsy Brown Online Comic, Coming Soon!

comingsoon copy

We are working on a super cool new project over here at Swazzle. We're in the midst of creating an Online Comic. based on our puppet show Bugsy Brown Private Fly. You can follow our progress, and get exclusive insider information at the new Bugsy Brown Blog, or become Bugsy's friend on Myspace.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Half Price Tickets for Puppet Up!

puppet up poster

See Puppet Up! - Uncensored for just $15.00! Goldstar Events is offering half price tickets to this Saturday's show. Puppet Up! - Uncensored is the Jim Henson Company's hilarious puppet Improv show. The show plays at Avalon Hollywood, Saturday, Oct. 20 @ 8:00pm. Click here to get your $15.00 tickets!

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

This is Puss in Boots from Puss in Boots from Snapdragon Puppet Productions. This puppet may look familiar to you, that's because it is pulled from the same mold as Bartholemew (see previous post). Puppet builder Roger Mara, simply changed the cat's color scheme, added an new costume, and created a brand new character.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt

This is Teddy Roosevelt from The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan by Snapdragon Puppet Productions. This puppet is also a Bobberhead. It's complex rod control allows the puppeteer to open the mouth, move the hands, and move the legs all with one hand.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Swazzle Workshop Episode 8

Swazzle Workshop, Episode 8

Episode 8 of The Swazzle Workshop is now online. In this episode Louie the Snake stops by to show Tiger and Mousedeer how to make a snake rod puppet.

Monday, October 01, 2007


Paul Bunyan

This is Jimmy from the Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan by Snapdragon Puppet Productions. This cleverly designed rod puppet stands just under 10 inches tall. Puppet builder Roger Mara called these puppets "Bobberheads" because the heads are made from fishing floats or bobbers. The Spring 2007 edition of The Puppetry Journal includes detailed instructions that show how to make a Bobberhead. The puppet making guide is complete with a parts list, labeled illustrations, written instructions, and close up photos.