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The Voice of the Nightingale
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Puppets


An early interest in entomology and museum work inspired Starewicz to begin making films using insects. There is a well-propagated myth that he started making insect puppets when his stag beetle actors would not cooperate and one perished under the heat of the lights, Thereafter, he would fit insect bodies with plasticine and wire limbs. He did, however, often combine live action footage of birds and plants with stop motion.
His puppets were often made with a combination of organic found materials and manufactured materials, but all were handmade by him, while his wife Anna aided in costume construction. Faces of important characters were generally fitted with wet chamois on carved wooden faces, which would then dry to fit the facial structure. It is said that the faces of his puppets were capable of as much articulation as a real human face.

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The Lion king from, The tale of the Fox
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