File puptcrit/puptcrit.0503, message 49

Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 13:41:11 EST
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Historic Puppet Film Querie

Hi Karen:

I have a fuzzy recollection (as most of mine are, these days,) of a film made 
by Lou Bunin of Hansel & Gretel.  
There was an article in the Puppetry Journal MANY years back which featured 
these figures. A combination of stop motion and mechanically operated pupets. 
Precursors, perhaps, to Henson's later mechanicaly/electronically operated 
puppets and contemporary with Disney's audio-animatronics. 

I recall reading the the materials used for these puppets were toxic and 
could not be touched with bare hands. 

I would doubt that the figures if still around would bear much resemblance to 
the originals, since any flexible product made of rubber, latex, or plastics 
would have gone the way of such materials. I can only use examples of the Rose 
puppets as a guide. The latex hands Rufus cast in the '50s have shrunk 
somewhat and are hard and brittle. The 'foam' rubber tails of Rip's dog, Wolf and 
the Cat from Mouse in Noah's Ark are deformed and quite brittle. 
I understand that the materials used for Bunin's figures were a combination 
of similar stuff.

The only film by Bunin listed in the PofA AV Archives is "Alice in 

If anyone has Luman Coad's index of the Puppetry Journal, they might find the 
article in there. 

Fred Thompson
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