Emily of Wheels on the Bus sent out an unusual plea, having recently gone to see Puppetolio, an LA-area puppet theater that is closing its doors this weekend unless they manage to…um…pull a few strings:
If you know anyone who lives in L.A., anyone in the media, anyone who loves puppets, anyone who reads blogs, anyone who cares about the arts, then you know someone who will find this of interest and might be able to help.
I’m not around L.A., but I do care about the arts, and children’s entertainment, and I hate to see such a time-honored tradition dying out. So, if you can, go see what Emily has to say. And if you can, pull a few strings to help out the puppeteer in his plight.
But first, I’m putting on ashow of my own with this ThThTh¹ list o’ puppets.
- Punch and Judy: traditional English puppet theatre, typically performed in a booth-type stage.
- Pinocchio: a famous wooden puppet of fiction and film who comes to life.
- Muppets: a range of mostly cloth and plush puppets, originally created by Jim Henson.
- puppet: an expression for a person or entity whose actions are covertly dictated by some other person or entity. Political figures are sometimes disparagingly called puppets.
- The Godfather: The poster for the 1972 movie shows a hand holding the string controls for a marionette, alluding to the “puppet master” status of a mafia boss
- “The Lonely Goatherd”: A scene from The Sound of Music (1965) in which an elaborate puppet show is performed
- “Puppet Man”: A song performed (separately http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=12771 ) in the early 1970s by The 5th Dimension Tom Jones. Here’s the Tom Jones version:
Baby, Baby, I’m your sweet pet
I’m just your personal marionette
Wind me up and let me go
Don’t you know I’m a one man show?
Raise your finger and I’ll perform
I’ll crack a jack till’ the crack a dawn
If you wanna see me do my thing, baby pull my string
- “Puppets”: a song by Depeche Mode from their first album, Speak and Spell. (YouTube vid)
And I don’t think you understand
What I’m trying to say
I’ll be your operator baby
I’m in control
- The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: What can I say? They are sock puppets. Who sing in falsetto voices. With Scottish accents. Watch their latest video, “Back in E.D.I.N. BRAW“:
- Lamb Chop: a sheep sock puppet operated by comedian Shari Lewis.
- Bob from the TV show Soap.
A ventriloquist’s dummy operated by Chuck, but a character in his own right. (Watch a scene with Bob here)
- Mr. Hat: Mr. Garrison’s puppet from the show South Park
- “The Puppet Show“: an episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer involving a ventriloquist’s dummy.
- Puppetmaster (1989) A horror movie with puppets that come to life.
- Being John Malkovich (1999) John Cusack plays a puppeteer, and puppeteering features prominently in the plot. The movie also boasts a gigantic Emily Dickinson marionette.
¹ It’s been a while since I put up my last Themed Things Thursday² post. (Has it really not been since April? Craziness. I’ve drafted probably a good dozen or so lists, but haven’t quite gotten any together and ready to post.)
² Yes, I know it’s Friday. Don’t quibble with me. I’m tired.
Image sources: Godfather poster, Punch puppet, Pinnochio from Ginn and Company The Common School Catalogue (Boston: Ginn & Company Publishers, 1906) 40 via etc and puppet show from Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (New York: Harper and Brothers Publshers, 1871) XLII:831 via etc.
We don’t watch a lot of TV in our family, but sometimes we do let Phoebe and Theo watch some short videos. They like shows best that have colorful costumed characters and musical numbers with lots of rhymes:
This episode was brought to you by the letter T.
I just can’t get enough of those socks. I figure you can’t either. So, I’ve rifled through my sock drawer to share with you this sock-themed ThThTh list.
- knock your socks off: an idiom meaning “impress” or “surprise in a good way,” as in The excitement of this sock list will knock your socks off.
- put a sock in it: “be quiet.” (Differs somewhat from “put it in a sock.”
- bobby-soxer: a 1940s term for a teenage girl, especially fans of Sinatra
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947): a movie with Cary Grant and a teenaged Shirley Temple.
- sock hop: a dance popular in the US in the 1950s in which participants took off their shoes and danced in their socks
- Christmas stockings: socks hung by the fireplace as part of a Christmas tradition. They are then filled with eggs by the Easter Bunny. (Do I have that right?)
- Fox in Socks: A Dr. Seuss book (featuring a fox wearing socks) filled with particularly tricky tonguetwisters:
Who sews whose socks?
Sue sews Sue’s socks.
Who sees who sew whose new socks, sir?
You see Sue sew Sue’s new socks, sir.
- Pippi Longstocking: A character from a series of children’s books by Astrid Lindgenwho wore socks that were not only long (long stockings) but noteworthy for being mismatched
- Diddle Diddle Dumpling: a Mother Goose rhyme featuring (at least in some versions) stockings:
Diddle diddle dumpling
My son John
Went to bed with his stockings on
One shoe off and one shoe on.
- bluestocking: a term for an “educated, intellectual woman” used commonly in the 18th and 19th centuries. Also Blue Stockings Society.
- Red Sox: a baseball team based in Boston, MA
- White Sox: a baseball team based in Chicago, IL
- Chartreuse Sox: a baseball team based in my imagination
- sock monkeys: stuffed toys traditionally made from socks. (Perhaps less traditional is the sock monkey dress.)
- sock puppets: hand puppets made out of socks.
- sock puppet: a dummy internet account
- The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater: a sock puppet duo of YouTube fame
- The Bureau of Missing Socks: “the first organization solely devoted to solving the question of what happens to missing single socks. It explores all aspects of the phenomena including the occult, conspiracy theories, and extraterrestrial.”
My ThThTh posts are falling down.¹ I’m having trouble finding enough time for blogging, at least of the variety that necessitates typing. (I’m doing a lot of reading, but little commenting or posting.) And I have a backlog of barebones drafts of these lists, but no time to flesh them out.²
Anyhow, I’ve had this bridge post under construction for a bit, and Saturday’s bridge photos seemed a good prompt to finish the job. So, here’s a ThThTh list on the bridge.
- burn one’s bridges: create circumstances such that there’s (metaphorically) no going back.
- Bridges of Madison County : A novel by Robert James Waller that become a runaway best-seller, and a 1995 movie based on it starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.
- burning one’s Bridges of Madison County: an expression meaning “rid one’s library of fad novels.” (Oh, fine, I just made that up.)
- we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it: an expression meaning that plans about how to deal with a situation won’t be made until that situation arises.
- The Billy Goats Gruff: a classic fairy tale about three goats who want to cross a bridge, and encounter a troll. Who leaves nasty comments on their blogs. (No, wait. Wrong kind of troll.)
- water under the bridge: an expression one says of negative events when one has decided not to dwell on them.
- “Under the Bridge,” a song by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a song by Simon and Garfunkel.
- “Water Under the Bridge Over Troubled Water:” a non-existent song title.
- bridge: part of a musical composition
- bridge: a card game
- bridge: a type of dental work used to fill a gap
- bridging the gap: making a connection between ideas, or other abstract concepts
- “London Bridge is Falling Down:” a nursery rhyme and traditional song with many verses, the first (and best known) of which is:
London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady.
- Bridge to Terabithia, a Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel by Katherine Paterson. Also a 2007 movie based on the same.
- Bridge to Nowhere: let’s not go there.
Image: The New London New Bridge from The Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition (New York: The Encyclopedia Britannica Company, 1910), via clipart etc.
¹Falling down, falling down.
²Hey, those two metaphors worked together!
Watching The Nutcracker is a long-time favorite Christmastime utensil tradition in many homes. But did you know that there are plenty of other excellent holiday specials and movies about utensils?
Lesser-known Holiday Utensil Shows
It’s a Wonderful Knife
Frosty the Soupspoon
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Strainer
All I Want Fork Christmas
The Baster Christmas Pageant Ever
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Tongs
How the Grinch Stole Chopsticks
Spatula on 34th Street
The Ladle Drummer Boy
I’ll Be Home for Cheese Grater
The Sporks of St. Mary’s
Whisks in Toyland
It Came Upon the Midnight Peeler
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