Let’s celebrate World Puppetry Day on March 21 with the company that made puppetry famous, The Jim Henson Company. You can enter for a chance to win a kit to create a puppet from this series!
In honor of World Puppetry Day, the award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop sent us a kit to make a puppet.
They have created an EXCLUSIVE craft kit featuring the CLOD characters from Earth to Ned to encourage you to celebrate the magic of puppetry!
The most recent family-friendly series to debut from The Jim Henson Company is the critically-acclaimed Earth to Ned which features a fresh take on the late-night talk-show format starring the largest, most complicated, out-of-this-world puppet ever created!!! All episodes are currently available on Disney+.
What is Earth to Ned?
In Earth to Ned, alien commander Ned (puppeteered by Paul Rugg) is sent to conquer Earth at the behest of his admiral father, but he calls off the invasion after falling in love with our pop culture and celebrities.
Instead of blowing the planet up, Ned buries his ship beneath the Earth’s crust, sets up a studio on the deck, and enlists the help of his sidekick Cornelius (puppeteered by Michael Oosterom) along with his reluctant ship’s AI B.E.T.I. (puppeteered by Colleen Smith), and a gaggle of small monster-like creatures known as the CLODs, all so that he can star in his own talk show and learn more about Earth’s greatest resource….celebrities!
Ned, Cornelius, their Artificial Intelligence B.E.T.I., and CLODs are brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the team behind some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters.
Earth to Ned Characters
- Ned. Egotistical and brash, the 437-year-old spaceship captain and talk show host is very curious and wants to be informed of all things earth-related. His favorite earth “cuisine” is mayonnaise!
- Cornelius. Ned’s lieutenant is from a race of aliens called Cornisians who have always served Ned’s species. He takes to the idea of being a co-host for Ned’s show and introduces the guests. He often gets sent to the surface to perform field reporting, which usually results in him getting absorbed into the complexities of the subject at hand. He is slightly inept, but witty and makes humorous comebacks when Ned insults him.
- CLODs are a group of small monster-like creatures that can eat just about any material and speak in unintelligible grunts and growls. The CLODS pop-up in every episode to the delight of kids everywhere. In one episode, Ned is exploring fashion with the help of RuPaul and Rachel Bilson and The CLODs orchestrate a fashion show where they each put on a unique outfit from different eras of Cher’s career! In other episodes, the CLODs stage a musical production, a Western, open a restaurant, and more!
- B.E.T.I. is the spaceship’s artificial intelligence. She is a charge of energy that powers the ship and doubles as a computer that can glean information. She is sarcastic and cynical and is not above belittling Ned and Cornelius’s intelligence.
The series is jam-packed with celebrity guests including Joshua Bassett (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), Rachel Bilson (“The O.C.”), Michael Ian Black (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Gina Carano (“The Mandalorian”), RuPaul (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Taye Diggs (“Rent”), Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”), Bindi and Robert Irwin (“Crikey! It’s the Irwins”), Gillian Jacobs (“Love”), NeNe Leakes (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!”), Joel McHale (“Community”), Andy Richter (“Conan”), Olivia Rodrigo (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), Eli Roth (“Hostel”), Kristen Schaal (“Gravity Falls”), Paul Scheer (“The League”), Jenny Slate (“Zootopia”), Raven Symoné (“Raven’s Home”), Reggie Watts (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”), Billy Dee Williams (“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”), Jason Ritter (“A Million Little Things”), Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love”), Aisha Tyler (“Archer”), Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bank Theory”), stand-up comedienne Margaret Cho, and more.
Check out how to make your own CLOD puppet
We made our puppet following the next Jim Henson video instructions.
Check out also our video to make your puppet too!
Materials to make a puppet
Enter for a chance to win an exclusive Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Kit to make a CLOD character puppet from Earth to Ned.
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Giveaway ends March 23, 2021. Valid only in the US. WInner will be announced in this blog post. The sponsor will send the prize directly to the winner.