Giant marionettes took over the streets of Montreal this weekend. The “little girl giant” came to Montreal in hopes of finding her uncle. They had been separated for some time.

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After a day and a half of searching around downtown Montreal, the little girl giant finally located her uncle, the deep sea diver.

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The uncle held his niece close in his arms while they slept in the parking lot of Radio Canada.
As their chests moved in and out, you could hear them snoring blocks away.


The crew assembled on top to wake the giants.

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As the crew descended, the uncle woke up first.

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Then the little girl giant woke up. The crew helped the niece get ready first by removing her blanket.

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You can see just how “giant” these marionettes are next to the crew.

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Like most of us, a little morning exercise helps the body.

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The niece started to dance high above the crowd.

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Not only are their details are so realistic, you can see also feel the emotion in their expressions.

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It was time to get the uncle ready for his journey.

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The crew descended once again to help secure his helmet.

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It took 8 crew members to lower the helmet.

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Once locked it place, it was time to start their walk towards les quartiers des spectacles.

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The niece was dressed in a yellow rain coat and hat and placed on the boat.

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Water sprayed everywhere as the boat passed by.

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The little girl giant looks on as she passes by.

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It was really impressive as the massive deep sea diver started to walk along the street standing 5 storeys tall.

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The marionettes “walk” as a result of a blend of mechanics, hydraulics and people pulling strings.

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It takes a team of about 30 crew for each marionette.

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The crew moves their arms and legs and walk at an average speed of 2.25 km/hour.

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Finally Xolo made an appearance.

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Xolo, their faithful dog, behaved exactly like a real dog including a wagging tail!

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His features were equally realistic: hair, tongue and teeth.

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It was a wonderful experience to walk with the giants.

Last night the giants were placed back in their crates to await their return to France.