From an early age, children seem to be mesmerized by puppets. Whether it’s the puppet show at preschool or Jim Henson’s The Muppets, there’s something magical about giving life to an inanimate object.
As we grow older and enter into the digital age, it’s easier to overlook puppeteering and dismiss it as childish.
But as you’ll see in the video below, this creative mode of performance can still captivate us. Don’t believe me? Scroll down and see this finger puppet for yourself!
When I was younger, I remember making sock puppets with my brother. We’d draw faces on them and bestow unique personalities for each one. They’re a very creative way to learn about characters and communicate with other people. It’s no wonder therapists sometimes utilize them during sessions.
But in this clip, you’ll meet Barnaby Dixon. He’s a YouTuber, animator, and amazing puppeteer.
His main focus of animation is the stop-motion variety. You know, like Wallace and Gromit and other films like The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Dixon wanted to make sure his shots looked perfect, so he built his own puppet to make the work easier.
“It took some time to refine, and alterations may still be made,” he states on his YouTube channel. “But it’s at a stage now that I’m happy to show y’all.”
Just watch this video and you’ll be able to see just how passionate this young man is about his creations.
Nevertheless, it’s cool to hear him explain how to use his new finger puppet.
But this little guy doesn’t just move his arms and legs, he also turns his head, opens his mouth, and even grabs things with his hands.
Watch the puppet move at the 1:20-mark in the clip.
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