Melissa Sweet's new children's book, Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, uses brilliant illustrations to help tell the story of character balloon inventor Tony Sarg, the man behind the iconic Thanksgiving parade.
Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.
What's the deal with the puppets? Puppets, like cartoons, used to be for kids. But these days, they're more often conduits for high-brow visual lyricism. Clearly, we in New York are having a puppet moment.