Monday, November 30, 2009

Swazzle Building Puppets for Pee Wee Herman!

Everyone here at Swazzle is very excited to announce that we will be recreating many of the classic puppet characters from Pee Wee's Playhouse for The Pee Wee Herman Show: Pee Wee's triumphant return!

We're working with the creative team to make all new stage versions of the shows' most beloved characters. At this time we're unable to share anymore info, but please standby for updates and information.

In the mean time please visit peewee.com, or click here to get tickets.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Follow Swazzle on Twitter

Swazzle is now on Twitter. Keep updated on the cool puppet stuff happening at Swazzle by following us on Twitter! Click here to follow Swazzle.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Muppets at D23 Expo

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This past Friday and Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing the Muppets live at Disney's D23 Expo. During the big Walt Disney Pictures presentation, the Muppets made a surprise appearance. Over 20 Muppets, including Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo (and of course a handful of chickens and penguins) rode in on the Mark Twain steam boat, pushed by Sweetums, and sang a few Muppet classics. The highlight was Kermit the Frog singing "Rainbow Connection".

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Sunday was the Muppet presentation - a whole hour dedicated to the Muppets! There were cool announcements (Muppet*Vision 3-D remastered, more Muppet YouTube videos, Whatnot Workshops coming to the parks, Mobile Electric Mayhem Band, and more), raffle prizes, and a live appearance by Sam the Eagle.

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The highlight of Sunday was meeting Gonzo, Fozzie and Pepe in person! We happened to be the very last people in line - The Muppets visited and took photos with guests for at least two hours.

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Aside from the cool live appearance, there was also some very cool Muppet product on display. My favorite were the Pook-a-Looz plush - think of them as Disney characters by way of Ugly Dolls.

I've got a lot more photos from D23 Expo, check them out here.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Man Eating Plant Loose in Swazzle Workshop!



Swazzle's Audrey Two killer plant puppets are nearing completion. In this video, Swazzle puppeteers and puppet builders, Patrick Johnson and Russ Walko, test out Audrey II's man eating ability.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Swazzle and Patton Oswalt

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Swazzle provided puppets and puppeteers for a short sketch at the beginning of Patton Oswalt's new comedy DVD, My Weakness is Strong. The unrated DVD (not for kids) hits store shelves today.

Swazzle puppeteers Grant Baciocco, Brian Clark, Artie Esposito, Patrick Johnson, Sean Johnson, Victoria Johnson, and Russ Walko all helped out on the shoot.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Swazzle's Audrey 2 on Notcot

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Notcot.org featured the link to our Audrey 2 behind the scenes photos. Swazzle has been building a new set of Audrey 2 puppets over the past month or so. Soon they will be available to rent for productions of "Little Shop of Horrors". Check out the Notcot blurb and the behind the scenes photos on Swazzle's Facebook fan page.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Little Shop of Horrors

Audrey II Under Construction

Swazzle's puppet builders are hard at work on our next exciting puppet project. We are building a brand new set of Audrey II puppets for the hit musical "Little Shop of Horrors". The puppets will be completed in late August - once finished, they will be rented to high schools and theaters presenting the Off Broadway smash.

Check out Swazzle's Facebook Fan Page for exclusive behind the scenes photos.

For more information on renting our Audrey 2 plant puppets for you production of "Little Shop of Horrors" please call Swazzle 866-SWAZZLE (792-9953)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Light up Puppets - Before and After

The puppets for Swazzle's new light up puppet show Water Color were covered with Electroluminescent Wire, also know as EL Wire. Hundreds of feet of EL Wire was painstakingly hand stitched to the puppets with transparent thread. Water Color is now on tour all over Southern California, to see when Water Color is playing in your town check out our online tour schedule. To see what the puppets look like with the stage lights on, and with the lights off, I've posted some before and after photos.

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The cast of Swazzle's light up puppet show, Water Color, before and...

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...after.

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The Cycloptopus from Swazzle's light up puppet show, Water Color, before and...

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...after

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Ellie Fish the Jelly Fish from Swazzle's light up puppet show, Water Color, before and...

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...after.

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Adolfo the Dolphin from Swazzle's light up puppet show, Water Color, before and...

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...after.

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Gray the star of Swazzle's light up puppet show, Water Color, before and...

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...after.

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Star the starfish from Swazzle's light up puppet show, Water Color, before and...

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Light Up Puppets

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The light up puppet cast of Swazzle's light up puppet show Water Color. Water Color is now touring in Southern California click here to view our tour schedule.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Swazzle is Go!

Swazzle's summer puppet show season officially kicked off today with Water Color in Southern California, and River Otter Circus in Northern California. Monday, Goldilocks and the Three Buccaneers begins it's Los Angeles tour. Check our online schedule to see when Swazzle is performing in your town.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Glow in the Dark Puppets

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Swazzle's new puppet show Water Color features a cast of glow in the dark puppets. The puppets are covered with EL wire. Pictured above are the dolphin, jellyfish, starfish, and nautilus.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

New Large Puppet Stage

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This is the new puppet stage that we will be using for the new Swazzle puppet shows, River Otter Circus, and Water Color. Swazzle's summer puppet show season begins in just over a week.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

New Forest Fables Puppet Stage

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The new puppet stage for Swazzle's summer puppet show, Goldilocks and the Three Buccaneers is finished, and ready for it's debut. New Swazzle puppeteer Artie Esposito will be touring this show at many Los Angeles Public Library branches.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

River Otter Painted Drop

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Swazzle's new puppet stages feature a large painted drop between the two playing areas. Here are some photos of me painting the drop for River Otter Circus, and the final product.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Water Color Puppets

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Patrick just finished a bunch of puppets for Swazzle's new glow in the dark under water puppet show, Water Color. Check them out.

Friday, May 08, 2009

New Swazzle Stage

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I just created a mock up for Swazzle's new puppet stage. This stage has four major playing areas. One on the left, one on the right, an optional shadow stage in the middle, and one out front (with the puppeteer visible). This stage will be impressive, colorful, and easier to set up than our current stage.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Busy Day in the Swazzle Workshop

This is a busy time for Swazzle. Right now we are working on a couple of custom puppet builds - One of the puppets is a seven foot walk around. We are also building puppets for Swazzle's summer puppet show tour. Along with that we doing some creative development on some very cool projects... top secret, for now. Here are some photos from the day. Enjoy.

By the way, Swazzle is having auditions on April 30. Click here for more.

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Swazzle Creative Director/puppeteer/puppet builder, Sean Johnson sews sea monster tentacles for the new Swazzle puppet show, Water Color.

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Swazzle Creative Director/puppeteer/puppet builder, Patrick Johnson sands a nautilus shell for the new Swazzle puppet show, Water Color.

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Puppet show creator/director Dan Clark in the Swazzle Workshop.

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Puppeteer/puppet builder Russ Walko builds a seven foot walk around puppet for a short film.

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Puppeteer/puppet builder Artie Exposito builds a puppet for a short film in The Swazzle Workshop.

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Puppeteer/actor/writer Brian Clark develops a couple of new Swazzle projects in the Swazzle Workshop.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Swazzle Puppeteer Auditions

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Thursday, April 30th, beginning at 10am

Swazzle
4525 San Fernando Rd., Unit F
Glendale, CA 90035

Swazzle is looking for puppeteers to perform live puppet shows at libraries across Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

These 45-minute puppet shows will be presented during the summer as entertainment for the libraries’ summer reading programs.

The puppeteer will be required to transport the show to the venue; interact with the client and the public in a professional manner; and set up, perform and break down the show. There may be multiple performances per day.



Performers will be paid a flat fee per show.

To schedule an audition time, please call 866-792-9953 or e-mail puppetshows@swazzle.com and put “Audition” in the subject line.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Ringmaster's Son

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This is the latest puppet for the new Swazzle puppet show, The River Otter Circus. I built him based on Patrick's design. The River Otter Circus will begin it's Northern California tour on June 16, 2009, it moves to San Diego on July 20, 2009. Check out Swazzle.com for a complete tour schedule.