A couple of days ago we took another short trip out to the countryside to visit my wife’s grandparents.  The kids love visiting their great-grandparents, and so do I, because they always seem to have some vintage gifts for me.  This time it was an old box of wooden odds and ends that they thought I’d like.  Looking inside that box I started getting all kinds of ideas for toys.  The first thing I made was this little marionette.  I’ve always wanted to try it.  I kept the design as simple as possible.  It ended up having a Pixar vibe to it.  It sure is a blast to play with.  I can’t wait to let the twins try it when they get up from their nap.  If you want to see it in action, I made a quick video below. (Complete with one of my electronic tunes I did a few years ago.)


  1. Madelynnnn
    May 13, 2010 at 12:55 am

    AMAZING! I totally get the Pixar vibe. Great music/sound effects :)

  2. Adrienne Brown-David
    May 13, 2010 at 1:18 am
  3. CMTT
    May 13, 2010 at 1:21 am

    That's too funny!

  4. Lia
    May 13, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Once again, you rock!

  5. infinitemonkeytheory
    May 13, 2010 at 1:59 am

    two words: awe some!

  6. Lori Henriques
    May 13, 2010 at 3:29 am

    c'est super mignon! je l'adore!

  7. Novi On The Go
    May 13, 2010 at 3:47 am

    I played the video, the music got my husband to come over so we watched it again. We like it!!!

  8. frk knapp
    May 13, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Awesome! I hope it's ok that I put the video on my blog (and linked to your page). Have a great day!

  9. Oum_nawel
    May 13, 2010 at 6:48 am

    whaouou !!!! amazing !!
    you always have good ideas !!

  10. Isa
    May 13, 2010 at 7:21 am

    You always have the best ideas! Can't wait for your book!

  11. Emilie
    May 13, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Excellent !!

  12. Je SuPoZe
    May 13, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Love it, love it, love it!

  13. Miriam
    May 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I ♥, ♥ and ♥ it!


  14. del4yo
    May 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Ok. Drop dead cool. I love the Luxo vibe. Reminds me what my animation teacher used to say : it's not about the complexity of the character, it's about the movements and what you express with it. You totaly nailed it :)

  15. Papgena Made It
    May 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

    That is cute! :)

  16. recovergirl
    May 13, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I was captivated watching that. Especially the part where he lifts up his leg and realizes his legs aren't long enough to climb onto the cube. Well done.

  17. Ornella
    May 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hahahaha I love it!!! Cool!!

  18. heleen
    May 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    FUNNY! Nice tune as well.

  19. kirsty
    May 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm


  20. Flying Squirrel
    May 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Awesome, amazing, totally versatile toy! Isn't it amazing how children are drawn to these simple things?

  21. Joel Henriques
    May 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for all of the nice comments everyone! I'm looking forward to making some more short movies with this puppet. It's so fun. I'd like to get out my synthesizer and vocoder to make some cool little voice for it or something.

    Oh, and Jack and Tess love this toy, and they're very intrigued with the video. Tess kept saying, "Is that robot real?"

  22. Paulina
    May 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Danke, wir haben soooo gelacht :o)!Viele, liebe Grüße, Petra

  23. fairiemoon
    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    That is just TOO much fun! I love the video. It does indeed have a Pixar feel to it! Thanks for sharing!
    Erin :)

  24. Kickcan and Conkers
    May 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Wow - a tap dancing marionette, your children must love this. great fun!

  25. Caitlin
    May 14, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Hi Joel!
    I just wanted to tell you how much I adore your blog. Everything is so cute and creative. I can only imagine how stimulating your kids home environment is! Anyhow, cute video! Can´t wait for more :)


  26. Isavoyage
    May 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm


  27. Kami
    May 16, 2010 at 2:13 am

    That is super cool.

  28. Sarah Goldschadt
    May 16, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    wow, the box of wooden toys is amazing!

  29. skt
    June 12, 2010 at 6:11 am

    you are so cool.

  30. Mel P
    June 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I had entirely too much fun watching that guy dance!

  31. Sarah Rachelle
    June 20, 2010 at 11:21 am

    My son loves watching this little movie. What a great and fun way to reuse wooden pieces!

  32. Liz
    July 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Awesome clip!
    I could watch it again and again! Amazing how something so simple can instantly make you smile! :-)

  33. katie
    September 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

    you are a genius
    so simple
    so great
    love it
    thank you

    October 14, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Just found your blog....and Im super excited. What great and inspiring ideas! Love the marionette!

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