Rick Lyon and Tigger

I sometimes work on the new Disney Channel series "The Book of Pooh." At left is a picture of me with Tigger -- I happened to be assisting with his hands that day. Why am I wearing that freaky green outfit? The puppets are performed Bunraku-style (from behind, usually with three puppeteers performing one character), with the puppeteers in green from head to toe in front of a green background, which is keyed out (like a weatherman standing in front of a weather map). The scenery for the show is all computer generated, in real time, such that wherever the camera turns, the computer-generated scenery shifts accordingly. It's amazing. The creator of the show, Mitchell Kriegman also created "Bear in the Big Blue House."

Photo from Private Collection of Rick Lyon
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