|Cinema on a String: Top Movie Puppets|
|Written by Ivan Radford|
|Friday, 17 June 2011 16:07|
There's nothing like watching Mel Gibson put his hand up Jodie Foster's beaver to get you in the mood for some hardcore puppetry action.
Yoda (Star Wars)
"My home this is! Stay and help you I will!"
Team America (Team America: World Police)
"Pearl Harbor sucked... and I miss you."
He's got no strings to hold him down, to make him laugh or make him frown, although he does have a pair of women's knickers if you believe Shrek's modern interpretation of Geppetto's wee wooden boy. But Disney's 1940 version is still the definitive Pinocchio tale.
Craig's Puppets (Being John Malkovich)
Equally moving and unsettling in its own right, the opening to Charlie Kaufman's insane Being John Malkovich is a sublime piece of puppeteering. Or to put it in layman's terms, Malkovich Malkovich? Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich.
Billy Flynn's Dummy (Chicago)
Because puppets can sing and dance just as well as Richard Gere. Probably even better.
The Muppets (The Great Muppet Caper)
From one Frank Oz performance to another, The Muppets are proof that anything remotely touched by Jim Henson was pure brilliance. From the classic TV show to the big screen, The Muppets have been jumping up and down with people's hands up their bums for decades. And they're not about to stop any time soon judging by the excellent YouTube Muppet videos and Jason Segel's new Muppet movie trailer.
The Beaver (The Beaver)
If you're going to get a mad man to put his hand up Jodie Foster's furry friend and pretend to be Ray Winstone, you should probably get Mel Gibson to do it. A sarcastic, blunt and funny little animal, The Beaver is a likeable presence, and that's mainly down to Mr. Gibson. The film itself may not always be up to scratch, but Mel's ventriloquism is top-notch. If you ignore that fact that he moves his mouth. And is clearly mental.
The Beaver is out in cinemas from today. You can watch The Beaver trailer here.