I start off with a stuffed animal, which is something that I have never done before. It’s like a stuffed toy you might get a doll of a young child.
And you also have to have a lot of stuffing with the eyes, and mouth, and tongue and ears and hands. You try to have it the way you imagine it in your mind, in a different perspective.
We try to do the same for our human puppets, but I’ve also done this with stuffed dogs as well. The dog’s body parts are wrapped in leather and stuffed like you see in my movies. Those are made in the Philippines from animal hides.
Where does the stuffed animal come from?
To get the animal inside it, I sew it up. To be able to take off the animal’s head, they make wooden dolls and carry them around. I have them in a wooden box inside the animal. I wear gloves, so we can get the skin off easily. The dog’s skin is a little soft, so it’s best to just cut it.
What about the dog’s mouth and how does that work? Do you have a dentist or what?
The dog’s mouth is attached to the nose by wire. I cut the wire with a knife and bend the nose until it fits so it’s no longer sticking to the face of the dog. We attach a piece of rubber to it which makes it fit better. Then I put on a mask of rubber and put it over the head in the same way as how it was attached to the face.
You don’t put on the mask unless you want the head to come off, do you?
They make a mask for the dog and a mask and the stuffing are attached to a wire inside that. When they place the mask in the mouth it comes off. That’s not quite part of the mask. The mask is not attached to the head. The mouth, when I remove it, doesn’t come off.
What about the eyes? Have you tried to use real eyes as a source of stuffing?
[laughs] That’s what I did with the eyes. If you want them to go in an eye patch, a real eye would do well. But I’ve had a lot of requests to make them from fake teeth, something like an eye. I’ve done that.
You got the puppet’s voice. Does everyone in your team do their own work, or is that all
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