The Making of Speekee the Puppet

In this age of virtual reality is the puppet maker’s art going unappreciated?

Here in a tribute to master puppet maker Neil Sterenberg, we reveal how Speekee the puppet came together thanks to Neil’s creative genius.

04/10/2006 – The foam body

Speekee & Body Maquette

05/10/2006 – Thoughts on texture

Speekee texture thoughts

16/10/2006 – The eyes are put in place

Speekee finish a


Speekee finish plus eyes

speekee eyes

17/10/2006 – Speekee’s nose and hands

Speekee nose position b


Speekee proposed hand detail

01/11/2007 – Speekee comes to life!

As Neil Sterenberg himself says:

When puppetry works it’s great.  (Who needs CG eh?)

See you next time,


Jim Porter is a co-founder of Speekee, home of the most comprehensive Spanish learning program for children ever to appear online

Jim began his Spanish learning journey in 1990. He has been a language teacher since 1994 and he lives in sunny southern Spain with his two bilingual children. Loves it! More…


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