Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Caliban the Mooncalf

So as promised.  I said I would share the finished product of my latest puppet...Caliban.  
A number of you got the correct answer on the quiz, asking which play this dude was from.  The answer being the Tempest...my fav of all of Shakespeare's plays...and source of my favorite quotation.
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell
 
And the puppet is the character Caliban...
...the wild and indigenous villain, whose mother is was a socreress and arch-nemisis to the bookish Prospero.  By the way, if you ever have a chance check out the film Prospero's Books...Peter Greenaway's wondrous strange film adaptation.  
As it turns out I am writing a fairytale accompany this creation.
My version is a prequel...and then a sequel.  The Tempest takes place in the middle.  Caliban is not the villain he is accused of in the play...he is a victim of treachery.   

So... now to the puppet...what exactly does he do?  Many of you guessed the claw moved...and many of you guessed the eye...Well...the eye is correct.  Now let's show you...
video





3 comments:

ODD imagination said...

VERY Cool! Love that tongue and eye action.

Sallie McNett Hunter said...

Um, did you mean to spell "tale" as "tail"? Not trying to be mean, really.

deMeng said...

LOL Sallie...damn autospell