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Old lady shadow puppet

Old Lady shadow puppet on display in the Jim Henson Collection at Center for Puppetry Arts.

Shadow puppets are silhouetted figures performed in high contrast lighting to appear as though the subjects are moving shadows.

The Muppets have used shadow puppets occasionally:

  • Richard Bradshaw performed a shadow puppet segment in The Muppet Show episode 122 in which an ostrich, a mouse, and a hippopotamus each play on a slide, and cross a tight rope.
  • Nearly every episode of Bear in the Big Blue House featured a segment with Shadow (performed with a more traditional Muppet-style puppet) narrating shadow puppet plays written, designed, and performed by Jon Ludwig.

Sources

  1. Center for Puppetry Arts, Worlds of Puppetry, Jim Henson Collection
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