Puppets have long been known to convey the moral of a story. Their plot twists often include basic emotions and deeper thoughts one may experience through their life. Topics such as sharing is caring and how to deal with jealousy, grief or a low self esteem have helped audiences form a new perspective over the years. While these are the same principles found in books and coffee table chats, puppets offer a clever disguise. With personalities of their own, some of our favorite puppets have taught us valuable lessons that have stayed with us in our adult lives. In the early days of television, puppets began to make their debut essentially paving the way for a new frontier.
It is said the concept of puppets were originated in the BC era. Differing cultures used wood, materials or stone to generate a puppet effect. With modern technology came an inspiration of infusing cute and coy to the set. Humor was relatable and set the pace to generate a following of fans. A clever use of script introduced both adults and children to a puppet world.
The Puppet Path
Several puppet personalities have come and gone across the generations and there are those who remain a household name to this day. Networks have revitalized a few of the older shows giving them a place in today’s line up passing on the tradition from parents to their children. A few of the popular puppets who carved the path for the future were a part of television shows that highlighted their creators.
Ventriloquists and Puppeteers famously became the man behind the mask. It was common for the pair to have comedic conversations and interactions that resembled everyday life. Funny remarks alongside outright snide comments won a place in our hearts. Comedians stepped up to the plate allowing their puppet pets and friends to speak their minds. Censorship in these days were not as diligent as we see today. The combination of cute and witty flew under the radar of most shows.
The Puppet Way
Although Howdy Doody came after his puppet predecessors, he seemed to rise in the ranks rather quickly. When the red haired and freckled face character came to the screen, children would know it was Howdy Doody Time. Moving forward in time, the next puppet phenomenon was simply made by Shari Lewis from a sock. Her smile and fluttering eyelashes matched her expressions, sass and style. Lamb Chop was often referred to as independent as she took on a life of her own. Her legacy continues to charm everyone she meets.
From Kukla, Farfel and Andy Pandy to the cheering comedy of Bert and Ernie, stand the paved path they made for puppets. As each age passes, we see innovative touches added to puppeteering on television. Puppets are still at the top of list for family entertainment.