Made in Lockdown

Creator and Performer
YouTube – 2020


What Does an Anteater Eat? and There’s a Bear on My Chair were short puppet films created by Toby in response to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in the UK. Based on the popular books by Ross Collins, Toby made the films entirely from home, creating the puppets and sets from cardboard, paper and other household materials. The films were then available to stream for a limited time via YouTube, collecting over 40,000 views from over 26 different countries, and inspiring many children and their families to make their own cardboard productions during very testing times.

“Even as a fifty-something adult, I still enjoyed this short animation, put together with great skill and mastery.”

Matthew Dougall, @9reviewer

“An utterly charming puppet show. The resourceful inventiveness and talent continuously astounds!”

Sue Odell, @scorpioredhair

“It was enchanting. Super puppetry.

Angel Exit Theatre, @angelexit

“Brilliant. Beautiful movement and wonderful storytelling.”

Lisa Difford, @lisadifford

“Fantastic! Just delightful for young and old.”
Jessica Marston, @jessicamarston1