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Puppet creator Ann Davis dies at 86

The following was reported by the

ONE of Australia’s most successful puppeteers, Ann Davis, died peacefully at Norah Head Nursing Home on February 18, aged 86.

Ms Davis received an Order of Australia in 2002 for her contribution to the world of puppetry and for her tireless creative entertainment of young children.

She is survived by her sister Jayne Davis, from Lakefront Retirement Village, Toukley.

The two sisters both worked for Channel 9 and travelled throughout Australia with their extensive stable of puppets.

They donated most of the puppets, personal papers and memorabilia to the archives committee, including Ms Davis’s OAM medal.

Ms Davis conceived, made, voiced and operated Amanda the Cat, which appeared on television in the early years of television broadcasting in Australia.

From 1957 Amanda the Cat performed on the program Desmond and the Channel Ninepins, made at Nine’s Willoughby studios.

The cat went on to appear in several shows in the days of live television.

After television, Ms Davis and Amanda performed at shopping centres, outdoor venues, playgroups, pre-schools and kindergartens.

Ms Davis’ funeral was held at the Mackay Family Crematorium Palmdale on Thursday.

Kraft MilkBite Commercials

Kraft Foods has released a series of commercials for their latest product “MilkBite”

The Commercials follow the life of puppet character “Mel”.  The puppet was created and developed by the Jim Henson Creature Shop.

“When we went to try to capture the strawberries, the paint samples looked a little like he was bleeding or it was tomato sauce or a pizza thing,” said Creature Shop creative director Jason Weber. In the end, the puppet makers opted to create a plain bar (made of foam) adorned with a brilliant red outfit (of red jersey) as a nod to the strawberry bar’s real wrapper (mylar). The Creature Shop enlisted puppeteer Jim Kroupa to add special mechanisms to the tiny versions to give them as much emotional range as their larger, more malleable counterpart.

On set, Mel was played by puppeteer Ryan Dillon.

The End…

Here are the last two Episode’s of my Beginner Puppet Building Course. 🙁

Thanks goes out to all of you who waited so patiently for me to complete the series. Enjoy!