October 9, 2021 Subject:
Paul and Mary Ritts
In the Great Silence, puppeteers Paul and Mary Ritts present a fable on what happens to everyday life when people lose the power of speech. After all human beings are struck mute, Geoffrey Giraffe and Magnolia Ostrich go to DC in search of a solution.
Born on May 14, 1920, Paul Ritts, a television writer, director and performer died on Saturday, October 18, 1980 at the age of 60 from a heart attack.
In 1947, Paul Ritts became one of the first TV directors at WFIL-TV, Channel 6 in Philadelphia. The next year, he joined the staff of WCAU-TV, Channel 10 as a producer and director.
During the fifties, he directed “The Big Top,” a popular live weekly circus show on CBS-TV that originated from WCAU-TV.
In 1952, he and his wife, Mary Ritts, created “The Ritts Puppets” for “In the Park,” a CBS-TV network show that also originated from Channel 10. The Ritts Puppets have been seen on television ever since.
In addition to appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” and “The Mike Douglas Show” (which originated out of KYW-TV, Channel 3 in Philadelphia), the puppets were regular performers on NBC-TV’s educational children’s shows, “Exploring” and “Watch Your Child.”
In the early sixties, Paul and Mary Ritts were the hosts of “Family,” a daily talk and variety show, broadcast over WNBC-TV. Later, the Ritts Puppets appeared as hosts of NBC-TV’s “The Pink Panther.”
In 1980, the puppets were seen in a series of 20 award-winning public service announcements.
Two more plays, “Oregon Bound” and “A Piece of Cake,” were televised by NBC-TV in the late seventies. He also wrote and performed with his wife, Mary, in “For the Love of Fred,” an award-winning NBC Children’s Special, and “The Great Silence” plus “Albert, the Magnificent” for CBS-TV.
Paul lived in Philadelphia and then beginning in 1960 in Princeton, New Jersey.
July 18, 2016 Subject:
I ran into two talking giraffes, and what did they say?
Moralistic and never ending film about why it's important for people to talk to each other. After the people of the world lose their ability to talk to one another, a pair of talking giraffes go down to Washington, DC and see if they can find a solution. The solution they find is pretty equally ridiculous to this premise.
August 16, 2013 Subject:
A "must see" for my granddaughter!
My granddaughter is of the age where she is less than careful about what comes out of her mouth. She's only 4 years old, but she is old enough to learn about the impact of words. I think this would be awesome for her to watch! Thank you, uploader!