File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 192


Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 15:43:32 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talking Animals


You'd have to be pretty stoned to sit through that rock story. I'm  
sure that some here thought it really rocked but on it's surface, it  
was hard to take - geologically speaking. I think I'll go to my room  
now.

Fred Greenspan - Traditional Puppeteer
Ossining, New York
http://www.traditionalpuppetry.com
Punch & Judy, Italian marionettes, flea circus

On Apr 14, 2009, at 3:36 PM, puppetpro-AT-aol.com wrote:

> That rock story had me on the edge of my seat.
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> Rolande
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> From: The Independent Eye <eye-AT-independenteye.org>
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 1:18 pm
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talking Animals
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>> Animals can't talk? Pshaw! I suppose next they'll say goldfish can't
>> swim through hoops!
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>> Has the guy ever heard of Wind In the Willows? or Native American
>> and African trickster stories? Or Aesop?
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> Well, the problem is that most animals haven't been to school, so
> they're likely to pee on the rug, eat one another, do unmentionable
> things in public, and even use bad grammar.  Granted that humans do
> even worse, but we can cut ourselves some slack because we have a lot
> on our minds.  Those old stories were from days when there were
> stronger moral values in the world and animals knew their place.
> Since then it's all gone to hell in a handbasket, and you can't
> expect animals to be good role models for us.  Plus, you want your
> stories to be true, and you just can't be sure if that damned bear
> actually means what you think he's saying.
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> Most of the same objections could be raised about using children as
> characters in stories.  And they have imaginations, so who knows what
> may cross their minds?  Adults are ten times worse.  Take a look at
> the news:  are these stories things you actually want to believe in???
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> I suggest stories about rocks.  For example:
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> Once upon a time, there was a bi
> g rock.
> It lived next to a little rock.
> They stayed that way.
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> That's a story you can believe in, and it's very easy for puppets.
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> A bit weird this morning-
> Conrad B.
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