Mr. Grumpy is a recent addition to our collection of Human ventriloquist masks. This old man is a larger than life character mask with a grumpy look, but loveable at heart! He was designed and sculpted in the Kallini Puppets workshop by Oliver. You can find a little more information on this process on the about us page…
Oliver designed this mask to be large with a bulbous nose and a weathered skin texture. Mr. Grumpy transforms any volunteer into an old man for a great comedy effect!
Even though this is a large mask, it is lightweight and is operated with a meter long cable and lever. Over the years, we have found that the cable and lever method of operation is utterly reliable and provides instant feedback to the user. It gives a good ‘feel’ when performing.
The mask is held to the volunteers face with elastic straps that are designed to be comfortable yet provide the necessary support as the mouth opens and closes. The straps fit over and behind the volunteer’s head and are attached using Velcro.
The inside is fully lined with foam and felt for a comfortable fit. Across where the volunteer’s mouth will be, there is a leather style piece that can be ‘baby wiped’ clean for extra hygiene. Every aspect of the mask is hand painted in our workshop. The skin tone mottled and a little rouge, which is created using acrylic paints. The teeth, gums and lips all hand painted. Mr. Grumpy has been is used by professional ventriloquists and stage performers as well as people wanting to do something memorable; we have seen him being used at retirement events and also worn by the groom – being operated by the best man at the wedding! A perfect prop to add some comedy!