Crow T. Robot (Left) and Tom Servo (Right.) Image Via the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Ro-bot Roll Call! Cambot! Gypsy! Tom Servo! Crrrroooooooow!
If you were singing that to yourself as you read it, you’ll probably be interested to know Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts will be debuting the Crow and Tom Servo puppets from Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Jan. 20. This is the first time the wise-cracking robots will be on public display.
If you have no idea what we’re talking about, read on.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a Peabody award-winning sci-fi series that originally aired from 1988 to 1999, according to the show’s website. The Emmy-nominated cult classic follows the adventures of Joel Robinson (and later Mike Nelson) – a hapless Gizmonic Institute worker shot into space and forced to watch crummy movies as part of a bizarre science experiment. The robots were built to watch – and make fun of – the movies with him.
The show was rebooted by Netflix in 2017 with a new host, Jonah Ray, providing commentary for awful movies alongside the robots fans of the original show came to know and love decades before, the website says.
The Center for Puppetry Arts will debut their newest additions to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum’s Global Collection with a special appearance by Joel Hodgson, the creator of the show, according to program materials.” The unveiling ceremony will take place in Center’s Mainstage Theater, followed by a special presentation by Hodgson about his work with puppetry.
Light refreshments, beer and wine will follow the presentation and guests will have the opportunity to explore the World of Puppetry Museum, program materials indicate. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available that will include photo opportunities with Hodgeson, T. Robot and Servo.
The event takes place Sunday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Tickets are $40 for non-members, $30 for members and VIP tickets cost $65. Tickets are available on the center’s website, or by calling 404-873-3391.