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|Donkey Puppet Folkmanis|
One of the most entertaining moments in the movie “Shrek” is when Donkey played by Eddie Murphy steals the scene playing the part. What makes these scenes so special in our memory is the entertaining personality Eddie Murphy brings to the donkey character. This same entertaining achievement can be repeated whenever you slide your hand into the Donkey Puppet and bring it to life in your own special unique personality. There is of course only one Eddie Murphy, but, likewise there is only one you and your personality is what undoubtedly come thru with the donkey puppet. Made by Folkmanis the donkey puppet is easy to work and is designed to be held in the comfortable warm cross armed pose position which appears as if the you are actually holding a live donkey. Working the front of the donkey puppet with your favored hand you can work the mouth, head and create movement in the chest area as well as the front legs. Since the donkey animal puppet is held close in the cross arm style the back legs and tail can be moved by the less favored hand. Herein lies the secret to working animal hand puppets and that secret is subtlety. A slight move repositioning a leg, a gentle swish of the tail, chest breathing movements, a small turn or tilt of the head, cheeks puffing in out, simple movement like these are extremely effective in creating incredible realism and captivating entertainment. As the saying goes less is often more and it couldn’t be more true when it comes to handling animal hand puppets like the donkey puppet. No one expects someone to recreate the unforgettable character of Eddie Murphy’s donkey in Shrek when they take on the donkey puppet, but, Eddie Murphy can’t recreate the character of whoever takes on the donkey puppet. Each person is unique and the best trait of the donkey puppet is allows everyone’s personality to be played out through the animal puppet.
Donkey Puppet Article by Steve Forrest Writer Video Photography Website Consultant