A menagerie of beasts

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A menagerie of beasts

Postby CvdC » 01 Oct 2007, 09:08

For some reason I have become interested in animal puppets in Punch.
This is because of their use in the George prentice performance and also seeing an effective use of them in David Wilde's show.
I was thinking about the use of a Toby puppet in response to a request from someone who wanted one.
I have made two Piccini Toby dogs, which have snapping jaws and are essentially miniature crocodiles in terms of operation.
But this time I wanted to try something different.
This toby has a different technique for operating the mouth. Mainly the mouth opens and closes so that it can bark and bite Punch's nose. So it is not meant to be a vent doll as such.
I did want something different from a cute stuffed toy on a glove.
There are two legs that can be "stood" on the play board so that the dog looks like it is sitting up there. This is similar to Prentice and David's Rabbit puppet.

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Postby Trev » 01 Oct 2007, 09:22

Looks nice, Chris. Is his mouth hollow, to allow a snapping noise (like the croc)?
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Postby CvdC » 01 Oct 2007, 09:32

No snapping noise I'm afraid. Just a visual effect. I expect every Punch performer to already have a crocodile.

The routine is that the audience are warned about the possibility of a crocodile coming up.
But for two times a different , less spectacular animal appears. By which time the audience have given up on the supposed crocodile. And then ...
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Postby Chris » 01 Oct 2007, 09:43

Surely you must have seen Mark Poulton's Dog Toby? Of course he based his on Martin Bridle's. <br>
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Postby Richard Coombs » 12 Oct 2007, 11:23

Lovely work as always Chris.

We had in influx of new 'Policemen' amoung the 'Cov Gnd Crowd' at the end of 2006 ..then a veritable 'tea-party' of new Monkies at the start of this YearI...

I wonder if it will be 'Tobys' tqat will appear en masse for the 2008 Season ?

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Postby lesclarke » 12 Oct 2007, 12:56

I'm glad there are more monkeys about, and glad that the phrase 'Cheeky Monkey' is clearly still in very common usage, by young and old alike.

I believe the accepted name for a group of monkeys is 'troup' (?) 'troupe'.
I like to see new, amusing, suggestions for collective groups, but I think 'tea-party' is more suitable for chimps.

By the way, chimpanzees are apes. Monkeys are monkeys, and can take offence at being called apes. My Judy has made this mistake on occassions and has been informed by the monkey that he is "A ape."

Tony Clarke has a phrase for a collective group of Punch & Judy men.
I won't post it here, but it's along the lines of ...

"A bunch of ............. Idiots!"
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Postby Professor Eek » 12 Oct 2007, 15:31

... and he's right I think!

I'ts made me chuckle that has
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Postby johnstoate » 12 Oct 2007, 22:45

I second that commotion!!
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Postby David Wilde » 15 Oct 2007, 19:13

That rather depends on who is in the group I would have thought?
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Postby Professor Eek » 15 Oct 2007, 19:24

Yes
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