Episode 34: Flatitudes, Y’all

, with special guest:
Gordon Smuder

Gordon Smuder, in his element.

This week, dear listeners, we are joined by professional puppeteer Gordon Smuder for an episode all about PUPPET MOVIES! And, because we like a challenge, we have decided to discuss only non-Henson puppets, so no Muppets allowed! (Don’t worry, we still love Muppets — it’s just that everyone knows about Muppets already, right?) So bring your ventriloquist dummies and magic talking flutes and have a listen!

This week is an even-numbered episode, too, so Windy and Melissa are extra-sauced for this puppetry discussion. If you would like to drink along, we suggest Red Guitar Old Vine Temperanillo-Garnacha, which is what you hear being poured generously throughout the episode. Alternately, if you are a sober driver like Gordon, we suggest a mixture of fizzy mineral water and your juice of choice. It’s delicious, and you get to sound extra smart next to the silly drunk ladies.

Pictured: silly drunk ladies

Pictured: silly drunk ladies

Show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV and movie)
Men in Black
Return of the Jedi
Puppetmaster (series)
Child’s Play
Dead of Night
Soap (TV)
Meet the Feebles
Dead Alive
Spider-Man 2
Little Shop of Horrors
Team America: World Police
Let My Puppets Come
Cannibal! The Musical
Muppet Movie
Oz the Great and Powerful
Being John Malkovich
The Sound of Music
Davy Jones’ Locker
HR Pufnstuf (TV and movie)
Mr. Show (TV)
Legend of the Sacred Stone
Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
The Mill at Calder’s End
The Narrative of Victor Karloch
We R Animals
Lessons Learned
Monster of the Sky

People mentioned:
Jim Henson
Trace Beaulieu
Joel Hodgson
Joe Dante
Jay Johnson
Peter Jackson
Vin Truitner
Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Phil Huber
James Franco
Bil Baird
Roberto Gamonet
Mark Evanier
Lennie Weinrib
Sid and Marty Krofft
Dean Martin
Toby Froud
Sam Koji Hale

During the episode, we mention a Mystery Science Theater 3000 outtake. The relevant item starts at 0:12 in this video:


    1. Oh wow, whatever you linked was so great that it’s already gone!

      Now I want awesome cheese for breakfast.

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