File puptcrit/puptcrit.0503, message 65

Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 18:47:00 EST
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Historic Puppet Film

I have an issue of "Closeup" magazine, published in 1976. This magazine was  
devoted to coverage of stop action animation. In this issue, their second  
installment, Michael Myerberg is featured. The cover photograph shows Don Sahlin  
positioning Hansel's head. Inside, is an interview with Don Sahlin (who, of  
course, later helped refine the look of the Muppets for Jim Henson) with  many 
photographs showing him working on "Hansel & Gretel" as well as "Tom  Thumb," 
and a with a bunch of Muppet monsters, photos from "The King of Eight,"  and 
"The Queen of Six."  I purchased this magazine from Teddy Shepherd at a  New 
York Puppetry Guild Meeting many years ago. I believe she worked on the film  
and possibly can be contacted if anyone really has some urgent questions.
In a message dated 3/10/05 1:20:35 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

If this  is the film I think it is from Evy's description, it reminds me 
that as a  kid we had an illustrated book of this story with photographs 
of what were  clearly 3D figures from an animated film. This book might 
be available  through

If so, your collector might also be interested in what  I remember as 
another book (and therefore likely another film) of  Andersen's "Seven 

On Mar 9, 2005, at 6:11 PM, Evy  Wright wrote:

> In case you're interested, from my film buff  friend:
> Michael Myerberg is the director of record, the  year
> is 1954, the
> "electronic
> puppets" and animation  appears to be a collaboration
> with some of the
> East
>  Block animation talent that was trickling Westward
> (the set  decorator,
> Evalds
> Dajeckis, is an alum of the same Czech  clique of
> animators and
> puppeteers that
> produced Jri  Trnka and Jan Svankmajor)

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