Awful Puppets: A NonPro Advent Calendar-December 18th

SEASON’S GREETINGS, NONPRODUCTIVEERS!

We are pleased to announce that this year’s advent calendar will feature something near and dear to all of our hearts during this holiday season: Horrible, awful, terrifying puppets and dolls!

And now for lost Christmas classic!



From the YouTube link for “Hardrock, Coco, and Joe in The Three Little Dwarfs”

On December 18, 1956, WGN-TV’s “Garfield Goose and Friends” introduced Chicago area children to Santa Claus’ three favorite elves, Hardrock, Coco and Joe. At two-feet-high, Hardrock drove Santa’s sleigh while Coco navigated and Joe tagged along for fun. To create the animated short or “song cartoonette”, Hill & Range Songs hired Centaur Productions. The company was established in the early 1950s by Wah Ming Chang, a sculptor in Walt Disney’s Effects and Model Department who created the model of Pinocchio; and George Pal, a producer and Academy Award nominee. The shorts were produced in black-and-white using stop-motion animation, a cinematic process that brings figures or puppets to life by minutely reposing and photographing them frame-by-frame, resulting as fluid movement on screen.

No explanation on why Santa is depicted as being stereotypically Chinese.

See you tomorrow for another in our series…

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