Seth MacFarlane recently hosted Saturday Night Live, and it was a very good show. I particularly liked a skit called “Puppet Class.” I showed it to some of my animation students to demonstrate the way to create a character. MacFarlane is teaching 3 students, each with a puppet they have made. The first two puppets are very simple and one dimensional. When Bill Hader introduces himself and his puppet, he’s clearly a much deeper character. He’s given his puppet a full backstory, and all his behaviors are driven by it. The other puppets can’t stand up to him. It’s interesting that Hader’s puppet relates to the other two via sex and violence, the two most powerful interactions.
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