- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada, Province / Territory - Ontario
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1971/01/01
- Latest 1971/12/31
- Materials Foam, Wood, Metal, Cotton, Textile, Acrylic, Nylon, Glass, Plastic
- Measurements Height 247.0 cm, Width 34.2 cm, Depth 30.3 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a theatre production
- Additional Information Fur Elise, 1971, 1974. This puppet was used in the production of Fur Elise performed at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto, and at a Puppeteers of America Festival in 1971 and 1974
- Caption Lampoon Puppettheatre
Originally from Holland, Johan Vandergun came to Canada in the late 1960s and became a principal designer and performer with Frog Print Theatre. In 1973, Johan and Alison (née Rhynd) Vandergun formed Lampoon Puppettheatre, a company well known for its unique use of polyfoam in puppet construction. Lampoon Puppettheatre has toured its theatre productions extensively in Canada and abroad, and in 1976 received a UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry for its production of Clowning Around. Johan Vandergun has also created puppets for various television programs, including The Hilarious House of Frightenstein starring Billy Van and Vincent Price. Johan Vandergun has long been a member of the executive committee of the Ontario Puppetry Association.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking: Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Rod Puppet
Generally, the term "rod puppet" refers to a category of puppet which is manipulated from below with rods. Usually a central rod supports the head, while two smaller rods control the arms. In some cases, the central rod can be concealed by the puppet's costume. Often, the torso and arms are not fixed to the central rod supporting the head, enabling the head to move independently from the body. In other variations, the torso and arms of the puppet are fixed, like the head, to the central rod. When the puppet is not a humanoid figure, a series of rods may replace the central rod - as with a snake, for example. The term "rod puppet" can also imply any use of rods to animate the puppet, whether the puppet is controlled from below, from above (e.g., for the rod marionette, for which some authors use the term "rod puppet"), or on the same plane (e.g., with the bunraku-style puppet, which some authors also classify as a rod puppet). Strings are sometimes added to the rod puppet. When these are pulled, they allow the puppeteer to articulate other parts of the body, such as mouth, eyes and legs.