What is this need to have such curious things as puppets? Why do we respond so deeply to a puppet? All great art forms, both high art and low culture, have at least one major dalliance with a puppet, or at least inanimate characters impossibly coming to life. Literature has Pinocchio and Frankenstein; myths have the Golem and Prometheseus; Opera has The Tales of Hoffman; dance has Petruschka and Coppelia; cinema has simply dozens ranging from Metropolis through Dead of Night, Chucky and Mannequin, to The Iron Giant. The appeal of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (and The Love Bug) is based on an inanimate object supposedly having ...

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