Praising the puppetry at the Disney Parks – DePaoli on DeParks

When folks think of animated figures in the Disney Parks, their first thought is usually Audio-Animatronic figures.

Voyage of The Little Mermaid

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios (MGM Studios) they sort of puppetry that I believe most people think of when you say the word “puppet.” These puppets are soft and essentially look like stuffed animals

What I particularly like about MGM Studios puppetry is the way they use blacklight in order to enhance the performance. During the song “Under the Sea,” what we’re essentially seeing is the way that a performance like this would be shot for television and film.

John L.

Another puppet-filled show from Walt Disney World is "Finding Nemo" 

This strategy has become more and more commonplace

One of the interesting things about the puppetry used in this show is that most of the time, the full-bodied puppeteer is seen alongside the puppet.

These same “Finding Nemo” puppets and puppeteers have gone on to be seen in the Pixar Play Parade at Disney California Adventure, further proving that kids love to see characters, regardless of whether or not the mechanics are visible.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom would continue this tradition of seeing the puppeteers with the creation of the Merry Menagerie during the winter holiday celebrations.

John L.

John L.

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