Puppets Who Kill Slays Me
This is a sad day indeed. I have just completed watching thirteen episodes of Puppets Who Kill, a perverse, narrow-minded, disgusting, insulting, sordid, juvenile, anti-social, offensive example of Canadian comedy programming. Man, was it great! Now that I’ve seen The Best of Season 3 and 4, I must see seasons 1 and 2, and crave the episodes that didn’t make it to Puppets Who Kill: The Best of Season 3 and 4 on DVD. (I assure you, just for research purposes…).
The stars of Puppets Who Kill are Dan Redican as Dan Barlow, the sometimes well-intentioned manager of a halfway house, and his four “guests”: Cuddles the Comfort Doll (puppeteered by Bob Martin), Rocko the Dog (puppeteered by Bruce Hunter), Buttons the Bear (puppeteered by James Rankin), and Bill the Ventriloquist’s Dummy (puppeteered by Gord Robertson). The four puppets were sent to the halfway house because all attempts to rehabilitate them in prison failed.
Cuddles “used to help people with their problems…now he’s the problem,” Rocko the Dog suffers from violent mood swings after a career on a kiddie TV show which ended when he went berserk, Buttons is a sexaholic teddy bear, and Bill is a psychopathic serial killer and mass murderer. They are occasionally visited by officers from Canadian Corrections who don’t always survive.
Dan Barlow is a cynical social worker with whom mental health center workers can sympathize. He tries to instill decent moral values in his charges, but isn’t up to the task—no one is. They are all foul-mouthed and violence-prone. Cuddles is an emotionally unstable obsessive-compulsive, Rocko is a compassionless thug, Buttons is sex-addicted and promiscuous, and Bill…well, Bill has a fondness for bloodshed.Continued on the next page