More Info The Sound of Music

Julie Andrews and kids

"Ernest Lehman, who did the screenplay, rewrote almost every lead line into the vocals we used, so that you were into a song as unconsciously as possible."

—from a May, 1975 AFI Seminar

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It took legendary puppeteers Bil and Cora Baird three months to createthe puppets used in this scene; it took Julie Andrews and the children three weeks to learn how to operate them; the sequence takes three minutes of screen time.

See the puppets.

The original prop today
As a souvenir, Robert Wise has kept the original puppet he used in the film.


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