20 oracle items tagged as puppets
April 20, 2015 / submitted by Aimee, Ireland
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I've just been wondering, who made the puppets of the boys in the Life In Technicolor ii music video?

A guy called Nonny Banks. I answered a question about the LiTii video last week The link I shared gives more information about their creation.

April 15, 2015 / submitted by Saryu, India
Q.  Hi Oracle, I wanted to ask you whether the book they show in the video of Life in Technicolor ii really exists? Is yes, where can I get it from? I hope you answer my question, I have been thinking about that for a while now.
Lots of love.

I answered this back in 2009 but no, it's not real. You can read an interview with the director here to find out more about it.
There are a few unofficial books (pretty much copy / cut / paste jobs) but no authorized Coldplay book as yet.

July 24, 2014 / submitted by Danny, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!

I have just been watching the Life in Technicolor ii video, and for the first time I noticed a sign that said 'Heswall Village Fete' I'm wondering whether the video was recorded in Heswall, Merseyside?


Danny :)

No, it wasn't. Dougal Wilson - the director - talked to Anchorman about the location:
"I wanted it to be in a very unsuspecting English village hall, so I tried to find the kind of place where the local ladies guild would have their meetings. But it was quite hard to find places that weren't being used, because those sort of halls are always being used by the table tennis club, or something. We searched for ages and then that one became available. It's in a place called Aldenham which is near Watford. Interestingly it's the same village where they shot the TV adaptation of the Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, called Village Of The Damned. So it's got some film heritage."

November 6, 2013 / submitted by Henry, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle

Do u know what happened to the Coldplay puppets used in the life in technicolor II music video because I've heard the band still have and bring them on their travels around the world and just saw some pics on the site but I was never sure what's the story behind it all ?

Thanks for your time

The puppets have a new owner now. They were sold in February 2012 and the proceeds were donated to Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people.
They joined the band on the road but only prior to sale so the photos you will have seen are from the last tour.

October 16, 2012 / submitted by Natasha , New Zealand
Q.  Hey Oracle! I was just wondering with the pictures of the dolls in different places all over the world (from the Viva era), Did Coldplay actually visit the places and who took the photos? Thanks. Can't wait to see you guys in Nov! x

Do you mean the puppets? The puppets went on tour with the band so everywhere they went, so did they. The photos were taken at every place the band played. Trainer Dan took almost all of the photos but I took a couple.
I took the one from Rio de Janeiro - that wasn't exciting due to the adverse weather conditions meaning we couldn't get to Christ the Redeemer and my favourite one ever in Mexico City where they met up with puppet pals.

July 18, 2012 / submitted by Yasmin, United Kingdom
Q.  Is there anyway I can buy one of the puppets from the Viva la Vida tour?

The puppets that were used in the Life in Technicolor ii video were the only ones made; we didn't make replicas.
They were sold earlier this year for charity so I'm afraid you can't buy them or any in their likeness.

July 12, 2012 / submitted by Hope, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Oracle!

I was wondering - at the Etihad concert, I was up and waiting ready at roughly 8am and I met a man who I shan't expose, but he had with him the old Chris Martin puppet and he asked to take picture with both the puppets and the fans who were there in the morning. He said he was going to send them into for a blog of some kind. I just wondered - has/will anything happen with these pictures? And are the puppets likely to make a return any time soon - if only in the way that the person they belong to continues to send in pictures? It'd be great to have them back! Or substitutes, even!

Thank you!
Hope, UK

Ha! You just did expose him! There's only one Chris Martin puppet and only one owner. He's lovely.
I think I have seen the photo actually but no, they're not being published - not via anyway. The puppets have retired so it's best we leave them to enjoy their time off...

April 25, 2012 / submitted by Rolando, Mexico
Q.  Hey Oracle, what happen with the Coldplay puppets?

They were sold with proceeds going to charity. Chris the puppet emails me* to tell me where they are and he even has a MX costume now that the new owner had made for him.
*I am NOT joking!

February 28, 2012 / submitted by Darem, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!
My question is do you know what book the Coldplay Puppets were reading in the picture at Corfu?
Thanks a bunch

That question was answered back on October 30, 2009. If you type puppets into the new search box or look at the "puppets" tag, you will see that the book was Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson.

February 6, 2012 / submitted by Autumn, United States of America
Q.  I've heard the puppets are toast, but what happened to them?

They were sold for charity and their new owner collected them on Friday. He informed me that "they'll go under extensive physical & psychological puppetherapy'" whatever that is! He is going to take them to an expert to get them restored somewhat and promised to send photos if they go anywhere exciting.
They are currently in New York. I know this because "Chris the puppet" emailed me from the departure Lounge at Heathrow yesterday from his puppet sized iPad.