Although the entire concept of puppet shows might seem a little big old school or outdated, there are still many people that try and keep puppet shows alive.
Having a special place in the heart of television history, as many of the first television shows started out with puppets, which includes dummies, hand puppets and marionettes, most of these have been replaced by animations.
One of the most popular puppet show is ‘the Muppets’ and is one show that remains on air till this day.
The Best Puppets of All Time
Farfel and Danny O’Day
Playing the long-eared shaggy dog, Farfel, along with Danny O’Day both became hit sensations as puppets that appeared in television commercials for Nestle’s Quik, singing the commercials song with Jimmy Nelson in the 1950’s.
Andy Pandy – Playing a marionette that lived in a picnic basket on British children’s television in the 1950’s, the show included Andy, a teddy bear, along with Looby Loo, a rag doll. The show was brought back in 2002 and turned into an animation rather than a puppet show.
Howdy Doody – Starring in The Howdy Doody Show as its main character, Howdy Doody was a puppet that had stirred the hearts of many children in the 1940’s to the 1960’s. The show was hosted by Bob Smith and became a hit that ended up displaying the puppet at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Topo Gigio – Created by Artist Maria Prego in 1958, Topo Gigio was a much-loved mouse with big ears. Firstly, known in Italy as one of the main characters on the hit children’s television show in the 1960’s, the character went on to become a worldwide sensation and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. Still, till this day, Topo Gigio performs in Italy at festivals on a regular basis.
Kukla, Fran, and Ollie – Debuting as a children’s show back in 1947, with three leading characters, this show was considered one of the favourites for many children around the world. As the name suggests, the three main characters included Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. Kukla was a clown-like character, Ollie was referred to as Oliver J. Dragon and Fran was a big sister, not a puppet. Although originally meant for children only, many adults were entertained by the growth of the show, as well as the humour that followed.
Charlie McCarthy – Known as the most popular dummy on radio’s worldwide, Charlie McCarthy definitely made a name for itself. Playing a teenager in the 1910’s by Edgar Bergan, the show became a hit and was featured as a permanent show on Rudy Vallee’s radio show for 20 years. The pair also appeared on movies and television and stole the hearts of many. Edgar also won an Oscar in 1938 for the incredible creation of Charlie.