Puppets and Bees

With the end of the year quickly approaching, most classes tend to get rushed and stressful. However, in our class on Thursday, we were able to have a rather joyful time.

To start off the class, my partner Max and I presented a powerpoint about The Bee Movie. The class learned that the 2007 DreamWorks animation film was a hit with a profit of over $100 million in the box office. The film, starring Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger, consisted of a bee named Barry finding his place in his colony. During this process he did the unspeakable. He talked to a human named Vanessa. On top of that he became friends with her. This friendship led to Barry finding out the injustice that Ray Liotta committed to the bee community by gassing them and selling their honey to make himself a profit. Out of outrage for his fellow bees, he filed a lawsuit against the honey industry and won. However, in the end Barry realized that bees need to keep making honey so that they could pollinate and keep the world full of beautiful flowers.

My favorite part of the presentation of the Bee movie was the part about the internets reaction to it. I loved doing the research and finding multiple spinoff videos that sped up the movie every time the word bee was said and so on. There were also so many memes with the characters in it. However the best thing I found was the relation of the bee movie and a popular kids television show iCarly. The theory was that Barry and Vanessa (the two main characters of the Bee movie) had a child and that child was Freddie Benson from iCarly. What put the cherry on top of this theory was that the actor who played Freddie Benson in the show confirmed the theory. However, its just speculation until the producers of the movie and television show confirm the news. Its something fun to think about though.

After the presentation ended we were in for a treat. We had our first puppet show! This show was an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story Little Red Riding Hood. This show consisted of a narrator and multiple puppets made of creative pictures on sticks. The group added in a lot of cute rhymes and made sure to keep the audience on its feet. Although little red’s grandmother died in the tale, Little red escaped by bringing out a pistol from her knickers that was as big as her! Overall the show brought a lot of laughter and joy to the audience.

The second puppet show was my groups. We did Roald Dahl’s story Three Little Pigs. It paired perfectly with the first show that we watched. However this time the wolf took the form of a decorated brown paper bag and was trying to eat poor innocent pigs. The first two pigs in the story were quickly eaten by the wolf because of their lack of sensible building materials. However, the last pig was smart enough to ring up his good friend Little Red Riding hood. In the end we found out that it was not the smartest decision though, because after Little Red took care of the wolf, she turned the pig into a purse! This show tied together modern sayings and technology to add a fun twist to an older tale.

The third show was a rendition of Brothers Grimm’s version of Snow White. This group also used some fun paper bags for their characters. Like the first group, they had a narrator who told the story while the characters said a couple lines here and there. The show told us the classic tale but added in some funny lines here and there. It even ended on a happy note with the evil Queen running into the woods to die. But my favorite part of this show was the seven dwarfs made of white gloves.

To end the class we had a puppet show of The Happy Prince. This started dazzling stick figures made of felt. After discussing the story so many times in class it was nice to see it played out for us. The group did a great job performing! Even though the story is a sad one, the group managed to bring some laughs to the crowd by proclaiming the change in season while throwing up fake snow. They also made sure to lighten the mood at the end by having God place the Swallow and the Happy Prince in the garden of paradise for eternity.

Overall, class on Thursday was a great time had by all. It makes me excited to see what we have in store for us with the rest of the semester!

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2 thoughts on “Puppets and Bees

  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog on todays class. I also enjoyed watching the puppet shows and hearing about the Bee Movie. I thought it was interesting how different groups put their own spin on each puppet show and used such different puppets to tell their stories. I also liked how some puppet shows had a narrator while some did not. This made them exciting and intriguing. The Bee Movie sparked my interest because I had never seen it before. I loved the incorporated visual film and the analysis on the characters that was given. I too, am excited to see what the rest of the semester has in store for us now that the days in class are becoming limited! I highly enjoyed reading your blog!

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  2. I totally loved your presentation about the bee, it was my first time hearing about this animation and made me curious about it as well. I also agree that this was one of my favorite classes with the puppet show, it was a unique way to integrate what we have learned in class to applying it in a fun way to demonstrate in class.

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