Distinguishing Between Puppet & Muppet

Puppet vs Muppet

In today’s world, children may not be as familiar with puppets as they once were, but there was a time when puppetry was a significant part of people’s lives, particularly for children in rural areas. Puppets were a source of entertainment and storytelling, with puppeteers making them sing, talk, and dance. Nowadays, we see a different type of doll on television called muppets. These muppets resemble puppets in many ways, leading people to wonder if they are just another type of puppet. This article examines the differences between puppets and muppets.

What is a Puppet?

If you search for “puppet” on Google and look at the images, you will find a vast assortment of miniature dolls representing animals, humans, and birds. These figures are clothed but hollow inside, with free heads, hands, and legs attached by strings. A puppeteer can control the strings to make these figures perform various actions, entertaining the audience. For young children, puppets can be fascinating as they appear to be alive and performing, even though they are inanimate dolls manipulated by the puppeteer. In the past, when there were fewer entertainment options, puppet shows were popular and appreciated, especially by children. Today, we see large puppets with humans inside during parades and carnivals, as well as finger puppets small enough to fit on one finger.

What is a Muppet?

Muppets are puppets created by Jim Henson in 1955. He designed many different characters, each with a unique name. Currently owned by Walt Disney, these Muppets have appeared in numerous movies and TV shows broadcast worldwide in various languages. Audiences enjoyed these funny characters and their humor. After Henson’s death, Walt Disney purchased the rights to create movies and shows featuring muppets, with the latest film being “The Muppets,” released in 2011.

Key Takeaways

  • Puppets are a generic term for miniature dolls representing animals, humans, and birds used throughout history in different civilizations.
  • Muppets are unique, humorous characters designed by Jim Henson in 1955, now owned by Walt Disney.
  • While puppets are a broader category, muppets are a specific type of puppet, similar to how Ford is a type of car.
Dmitri Ivanov
Dmitri Ivanovhttps://whats-different.com
Dmitri Ivanov, a writer and managing editor, was educated in Canada and holds a BS in Science. Dmitri loves doing research, writing, and teaching various courses.


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