Handspring Puppet Company from South Africa created amazing horse puppets for a play called War Horse, now playing in London.
(Click the link above to read about it in the New York Times)
Back in 1998 at the Henson Puppetry Festival in New York, I saw this troupe perform a sublimely great piece about apartheid, featuring an incredibly compelling alligator puppet. I'm excited to hear they are still around and getting into larger projects.
Here's a slideshow with more images.
from BoingBoing and animator friend Barry Purves