- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada, Province / Territory - Ontario
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1987/01/01
- Latest 1987/12/31
- Person / Institution Associated party, TV Ontario
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Moving mouth and rod puppet
- Additional Information A combination hand and rod puppet. The puppeteer controls the jaws with one hand and uses his or her other hand to manipulate the puppet's arms and hands. In some variations, two puppeteers share the manipulation. A category of puppet in which the operator's hand is placed inside the head to effect its movements, while rods are attached to the arms or hands to move them. In some variations, a short hidden rod controls the head; in others, two puppeteers share the manipulation. Excerpt from exhibition text: Strings, Springs and Finger Things: A New Puppet Collection at the Museum, May 1996 to August 1998
- Caption Characters from a television production
- Additional Information The Conserving Kingdom, Ministry of Energy, 1984 to 1987, TV Ontario, 1988. (Constance Nebel, Assistant Curator, Cultural studies, June 2007) Waterwood Productions was commissioned in 1983 by the Ontario Ministry of Energy to produce a play on energy conservation. This play was presented in both French and English for three provincial tours from 1984 to 1987. It was later adapted in 1988 into a two hour television special for TV Ontario.
- Caption Waterwood Theatre Projects
In 1978, Karen Waterman and Daniel Wood formed Echo-Logical Theatre, which later became Waterwood Productions. Known today as Waterwood Theatre Projects, the company has used puppetry in creating a number of educational theatre productions, addressing subjects such as ecology and nutrition. In addition, the company has toured successfully throughout Ontario, performing original children's shows such as Mouse Tales and Yes We Have No Bananas. One of the company's most popular creations is the body-puppet character Dudley the Dragon, who first appeared in the touring show The Conserving Kingdom during the 1980s. Dudley went on to star in his own television series, The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon, which was produced by TV Ontario and aired in both Canada and the United States during the 1990s. Puppeteer David Hannan recently joined Waterwood Theatre Projects, adding his skills to those of its founders. The company continues to perform at community venues and festivals, and also offers workshops on puppet building and manipulation for participants of various ages and levels of skill.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking: Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Mouth Puppet
(Alternate name: Moving Mouth Puppet)
A type of hand puppet in which the mouth is articulated. It is usually made of flexible materials, allowing the thumb to be inserted into the lower jaw while the remaining fingers control the upper jaw. The puppet's jaws can thus be opened and closed, simulating speech.
Definition inspired by the Kenneth B. McKay book, Puppetry in Canada: An Art to Enchant, published by the Ontario Puppetry Association. Copyright 1980
Mouth and Rod Puppet
Mouth puppet in which the arms are controlled with rods. Manipulation can either be undertaken by a single puppeteer who controls the mouth with one hand and the two rods with the other, or by two puppeteers, allowing a greater range of arm movement.
Mouth and Human-Arm Puppet
The term "human arm" is used when one of the hands of the puppeteer become a hand - and thus an integral part - of the puppet. The puppeteer controls the head - or the mouth, in the case of a mouth puppet - with one of his or her hands, while the other hand becomes the hand of the puppet itself. Sometimes, two puppeteers share animation of the puppet, thus giving the puppet two "human" hands. When the puppet is a marotte, the French term marotte à main prenante is preferred.