Marcelo Bottaro is a puppeteer from Brooklyn, New York. Originally, he wanted to draw cartoons and work as an animator for television shows, video games, and movies, but he decided to pursue his lifelong passion for puppetry because he enjoys the challenge and pursuit of it. Puppets have been a part of his life since childhood when he became fascinated by them on television shows like “Great Space Coaster,” “Between the Lions,” “The Puzzle Place,” “Obi, Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Allegra’s Window, and “Alf.”
Over the years he’s created his own puppets as the founder of a group named “The Figments,” and he’s used them to make various videos on YouTube and TikTok. He compares puppetry to animated cartoons because both artforms are important to people of all ages, and puppetry is like a three dimensional cartoon. Ironically, he draws his puppets as cartoons before he builds them with fluff and foam. Marcelo has been a puppeteer for most of his life, and he mainly works in “The Muppets” style.