Puppet Conference

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-2003-

For Puppet Conference, several well-known television hand puppets, including Fozzie Bear, Grover, and Lamb Chop, as well as some newcomers, took part in a panel discussion on the subject of »Puppets in the Media« at the Carnegie Museum. Their dialogue was the product of Jankowski’s interviews with PR agents from the companies responsible for producing these children’s television shows, reworked by the shows’ own scriptwriters. In their function as mouthpieces, the puppets addressed issues surrounding their history, their identities, the role of puppets on television, the message of their respective programs, and the future of puppets.
The conference was chaired by Art Cat, the advertising mascot for the Carnegie Museum’s educational program. This mock media spectacle reaches a climax when Sock Puppet, a famous commercial puppet who speaks in defense of high-production values, reports live from Times Square.

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Video (1 Digital Betacam, 1 DVD), 25:00 min, NTSC, 4:3, color, sound, English, edition of 5, II