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The Dark Minions of a Puppet Master

on September 7, 2008 - 11:04am

ChunkZombie puppet
There is a YouTube clip that is currently making the rounds on forums. It features zombie puppets singing "Dust in the Wind" made famous by the band Kansas.

But before you go straight to the clip (posted at the end of this blog), let me tell you a bit more about the man behind it. As explorers of the World Wide Web, we are often impatient and click-happy which means we miss the treasures behind the initial finds. Matt Ficner is one of those treasures.

screaming zombieMatt is an artist of many mediums including (but not limited to) digital art, sculpting, painting, and puppetry. He formed MF Productions and has worked with Jim Henson Associates, Warner Brothers, Disney and the BBC. I always love to learn of artistic Canadians finding international success (Matt is actually from Ottawa, Ontario).

His puppet short films put a new spin on the horror genre. Don't be lulled into a false sense of warm fuzziness by his karaoke creatures in the first clip. With a click of the mouse, you are presented with themes dealing with rage and murderous monsters (as well as some foul language).

Without further ado, I present to you Dusty Zombies.

Note: this next short puppetry film is not cute and contains graphic material. It stars a Native Canadian figure who, despite the extraordinary circumstances, still hunts and barters. But be aware, he ain't no Crying Indian.

To see all of Matt's YouTube creations, check out his "cre8ivegargoyle" profile page.

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