The character of Albert Snodoloberm began way back in 2005 as a mildly sociopathic puppet named Al the Slug. Puppet Al(fred) was a much happier fellow, kind of cheeky. He would simply lie about being famous…for instance, he claimed to have done most of Johnny Depp’s dialogue replacement for the Burton-Depp movies.
For about a decade I was making strange feature-length puppet films – you can see them over at Lumalin.com – and when Al the Slug took his turn for a leading role in Hell Leaks Laughter (2014), things go very badly for him in that movie. It was a cruel farewell to any celebrity dreams of his. But I wanted to keep working with the character, seeing how far down the rabbit hole of regret and envy and bitterness and casual paranoia I could take him. So I began playing him as a human…and actually, if I had to be honest, there’s something about the character that has become autobiographical. Slogging away at making obscure existential puppet movies for a decade probably feels not all that different from Albert’s never getting famous…
And even though his adventures have now permanently (?) shifted into human form, I still think of it as a kind of puppeteering. Becoming Albert is a bit like becoming a huge biological Muppet from Newark (or Long Island, or wherever the hell that voice is from).
Thanks for stopping by… *puppetless handshake*