File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 90

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 15:53:20 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] Humanettes

Humanettes appeared in the Jeanette McDonald/Nelson Eddy b/w movie, "Naughty Marietta".

There used to be a lot of book references to humanettes in publications with  multiple activities aimed at boys & girls: magic, crafts, classroom projects, summer camp activities. Some scouting handbooks had info on this puppet form.  

The instructions are generally SIMPLE (not a lot of detail). Some basically had FLAT bodies of heavy cardboard and cloth with a couple of strings at the neck which the performer wears like a giant bib. The fancier versions were more dimensional bodies.  Either way, the performer's left hand works the puppet left hand or left foot (tho an assistant can also work the feet). Paul Winchel animated his vent dummies using variations of humanette techniques.


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