I made Cam and Friends similar to Jim Henson’s plan with the Muppet production Fraggle Rock—different species all living together, sometimes not getting along so well, but sometimes working together and understanding each other. My dragons are many different colors, shapes, sizes and species, and they have friends who are not even dragons–unicorns, griffins and other creatures are included in their friends and classmates. They don’t always see eye to eye, but they at least know they can share the same spaces peacefully.
This cartoon’s name used to be “All My Children Breathe Fire” and I kept internally calling the characters “Cam and Friends”, so finally I bit the bullet and changed it.
So these were some small dragon hand puppets I had planned, and may finally now build. They just seem like such a nice little group.
Their purpose was to be like a theater class of kids who were assigned to put on plays by Mrs. Fiddlehead, who was the teacher we never saw.
Apparently I felt the need to design a giant-size,full body puppet that was a hand puppet design, like a huge relative of Oliver J. Dragon gone amok. I have no memory of what this was for. I’l return to the post if/when I do.
In summer 2013, I had the great privilege of not only going to see The Monkees at The Ryman in Nashville, but also taking a quick trip down a few blocks to the Nashville Public Library to view the permanent collection on display of one of my heroes in the puppetry field. His name was Tom Tichenor, and although I never saw one of his plays live, I learned a lot about puppet building from his book, Tom Tichenor’s Puppets, which I checked out of the library almost weekly as a child. I now own this book and have used and adapted many of the patterns in the book to build my own puppets today.