File puptcrit/puptcrit.0601, message 149

Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 13:12:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Puptcrit] Kukla, Ollie  and Loose Lips on the Monitor...

Andrew said:

"That's fascinating, I had no idea that Burr Tillstrom
used monitors. Was that a technical capability when he
started? It's been 10 years since my college course in
the history of broadcast production systems, so I'm
just struggling to remember if they were even using
floor monitors in the late`40s (video tape hadn't even
been invented yet and everything had to be pulled "off
the air")."

Here's a link to some pictures of Burr backstage with
his monitor:

When I see how his head and body seem to be contorted
looking at that monitor, I want to say OUCH!!

It's from a Life Magazine article from May, 1949. I
don't know how his monitors changed over the years.
Maybe someone who knew him in the '70s and/or '80s can
clue us in.

It's funny, I never noticed the problem with Ollie's
(not Kukla; Kukla's mouth doesn't move) lip sync
before I read about it in a puppetry forum (either
this one or usenet). I watched for it and did notice
it afterward, but it didn't reduce the enjoyment I get
from seeing what little there is available of Kukla,
Fran and Ollie. As a fan of puppetry, it's the
entertainment value that is more important to me than
the technique. If I'm interested in what's going on on
stage, my mind isn't processing any subtle goofs. If
I'm not, I get up and leave (or just shut off the TV).


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