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They're so cute...but so creepy. Must. Look. Away...
They're so cute...but so creepy. Must. Look. Away...

Dance, puppets, dance

I first saw this fuzzy little dancing menagerie at Polish Fest this summer, and I had almost forgotten about their oddly fascinating unison moves until I saw them again last night at German Fest.

They were mesmerizing, this mildly creepy brigade of puppet creatures. I wanted to keep walking, but I was sucked in by their upbeat little demeanors and mechanically operated marching dance.

Staring into the glazed-over eyes and sewn-on smiles of these plushy marionettes I could almost hear them speaking: "Help us! We've been dancing for hours."

I was onto their game, though. Those fluffy little display animals were only there to drum up sales for their manually operated compatriots for sale inside the tent. I briefly considered liberating one anyway, but after picturing it hanging from my closet doorknob, watching me sleep, I decided against it.

Nice try, you disturbingly adorable con animals. Maybe next time.

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