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Joseph Scarbrough is an independent producer/puppeteer from Knoxville, Tennessee, who loves to bring his menagerie of puppety oddball madness to people of all ages to enjoy.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Say, "Eh-oh!"

Weird... but it makes you feel happy.
It's all over the internet right now that the Teletubbies have turned nineteen, which means next year, they will be twenty... I guess that will be twenty years since they were first originally created, because I know they didn't arrive in America until 1998... but, that's besides the point. Ah, Teletubbies, I remember them well; vividly well, in fact. All things considered, TELETUBBIES was pretty much the H.R. PUFNSTUF of my generation.

Well goll-ll-ly, Jimmy!
If there's one thing that H.R. PUFNSTUF was known for was it's immediate following from an audience much older than it was targeted at; being a Saturday Morning show in 1969, H.R. PUFNSTUF was aimed at younger children who enjoyed getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons and other such fare... however, it turned out that H.R. PUFNSTUF's biggest audience when it first aired was college kids (and, particularly, stoned college kids at that). It couldn't be helped: H.R. PUFNSTUF was bright, vivid, colorful, and trippy... and TELETUBBIES pretty much had the same effect on us as well. I'm not saying we were a bunch of stoned college kids, but I was eight-years-old when TELETUBBIES was first broadcasted in the U.S. on PBS - a wee bit older than the show's apparent targeted audience of 1-3-year-olds... but we were all intrigued by what we were seeing. How could we not? This show was weird (in a good way), you couldn't not watch it... you had four ridiculously adorable and brightly colored alien-like creatures with TVs in their tubby tummies, and like H.R. PUFNSTUF, it was such a bright, vivid, and trippy show, we were just mesmerized.

You know, now that I think about it, the ARTHUR episode, "That's a Baby Show!" really speaks volume, as it pretty much satired the effect TELETUBBIES had on us older kids when it came along... just see how the parody THE LOVE DUCKS seems to almost hypnotized Arthur:
 
I know Ragdoll Productions, the company behind TELETUBBIES, have come out with a few new shows since TELETUBBIES, I've glanced at them, but honestly, they're considerably less cute, less comprehensible, and less mesmerizing when compared to TELETUBBIES.
The performers inside the Teletubby suits. I heartell the guy who played Dipsy only did so because he needed money.
 
So, happy birthday to the Teletubbies... everybody? Say, "Eh-oh!"

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sesame Street Turns 45!

As you probably already know, today is SESAME STREET's 45th anniversary; to celebrate, here's a nice little number all the way back from their 35th anniversary special:
 
 

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Windmill, My New Short Film

Here's my new short film, an artistic piece entitled THE WINDMILL; not only was it something of a personal little labor of love (what can I say, I like windmills for some reason), but I'm proud of the fact that I actually avoid making the same technical mistake that most films do when it comes to thunder and lightning.


 
 
 
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PUPPET POWER Now Available for Digital Download

Lately, YouTube has been reminding me how much of a pain they can be.
 
Sometime earlier in the year, PUPPET POWER received a third-party claim from Universal Music Group (UMG) over the use of KISS's "Shout it Out Loud," in the CASEY THE MUPPET segment. At first, they allowed me to work around this claim by merely removing the song itself, thus leaving the audio for the rest of the special untampered with (as a result, the CASEY segment sounded like trying to listen to the song with a pair of broken headphones), while I tried to look for various different outlets to host the special unedited, but they either wouldn't allow the half-hour, 1GB special due to time and/or filesize limits, or they would put commercials on it (and I still say the internet has no place for commercials).
 
As of now, YouTube has decided that they don't want to remove the copyright claim from PUPPET POWER, so they went ahead and muted the audio from the entire special. Can you believe that? Well, it being YouTube, yeah, you probably can. In fact, you can read my thoughts on YouTube's skewed copyright terms and policies here.
 
So, I decided to make PUPPET POWER the first-ever Scarbrough production a digital download; now, you can enjoy the entire special, from beginning to end, unedited, uncompressed, and uninterrupted! It's about 1GB in size, so make sure you have room on your computer for it!