Did you know that one of the UK’s most beloved puppets, Sooty, recently hit the big 7-0? Yes, that’s right – as reported by BBC Newsround, everyone’s favourite wand-wielding yellow bear reached the landmark the other week, and here at Puppets By Post, we reckon he looks darned good.
It’s been quite the journey for Sooty since he was created by magician and puppeteer Harry Corbett, who purchased the puppet as a present for his son, Matthew Corbett, from a stall in Blackpool in 1948.
Since then, Sooty has proven himself one of the all-time great Brits, shooting to fame by winning the BBC’s Talent Night programme in 1952 and going on to star in the long-lived The Sooty Show, first for the BBC and later ITV, from 1955 to 1992. Subsequent shows and spin-off series have continued to demonstrate the durability of the character to the present day.
But Sooty is far from the only animal puppet to have acquired legend status down the years, with the following characters having also entrenched themselves in popular culture across the world.
They’ve aged so well...
He might not be quite as old as Sooty, but Sesame Street’s Big Bird has enjoyed impressive longevity himself, having first appeared in November 1969, which makes him 48 years old. He’s an eight-feet-tall yellow canary who can roller skate, ice skate, dance, swim and sing. He was even unwittingly featured in the 2012 United States presidential election, when Republican candidate Mitt Romney mentioned him in a debate about spending cuts.
Then, there’s the fellow Sesame Street star Kermit the Frog, who made his debut on the US TV show Sam and Friends in 1955. The now-63-year-old has certainly aged well, even figuring prominently in 21st-century meme culture.
Or, looking back to the UK, who didn’t love Gordon the Gopher back in the ‘80s? He featured alongside a then fresh-faced Phillip Schofield on Children’s BBC (CBBC). In 2005, though, Schofield used his appearance on Room 101 to attempt to put his old companion into the dreaded room; Gordon was spared, however, by an audience vote.
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But puppets are by no means a thing of the past, still being used for entertainment and educational purposes by schools, nurseries, parents, guardians and professional puppeteers alike. Plus, if you’re looking for somewhere to buy animal hand puppets that are carving themselves into future legend, there’s no better place to look than the Puppets By Post online store!
Purchase from our huge range of hand puppets today, in the knowledge that when you spend more than £10 on one order, you’ll even be able to take advantage of free delivery within the UK.