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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.

Testing a marionette for Labyrinth.

Traveling Matt converses with a marionette.

Marionette Kermit showing off.

Marionettes allow for puppets to perform puppets...

...and for puppets to perform puppetry for puppets.

Elmo becomes a marionette when he runs.

Baby Gonzo as the world's most famous marionette β€” Pinocchio.

Combinations of Marionettes and Waldos.

Uncle Traveling Matt riding a bike.

Rugby in The Christmas Toy.

A commercially released Kermit marionette.

Marionettes are puppets controlled by strings. Strings have been used to move puppets of different styles, shapes, and levels of complexity. Though there's no telling when the first string puppet was used, in the western world, they originated from the medieval times in France, where the term "marionette" originates, and can be found in every country in the world.

Frank Oz's puppetry experience started by performing marionettes with his family.

One of the most famous marionettists of our time is Bil Baird.

Below is a list of the use of marionettes in Henson/Muppet productions:

Time Piece

  • A dancing roast chicken.
  • A dancing skeleton.

The Muppets on Puppets

  • Marionettes are demonstrated.

Hey Cinderella!

  • Rufus runs alongside Cinderella into the garden in a wide shot.

Sesame Street

The Great Santa Claus Switch

The Frog Prince

  • Frogs hopping during the Frogs number.

The Muppet Musicians of Bremen

  • Leroy full body marionette for wide shots.
  • T.R. and the chickens fly around.
  • Rover Joe is seen briefly as a marionette when they meet Catgut.
  • Catgut dances with the rats.
  • All appear as marionettes in certain shots of the travelling scenes, and again when they stake out the farm house.

The Muppets Valentine Show

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

The Muppet Show

The Muppet Movie

The Great Muppet Caper

The Dark Crystal

  • The Mystics gather for the funeral of UrSu, the Master.
  • General marionette assists on full-bodied puppet characters.

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Fraggle Rock


  • Sir Didymus appears in a few shots as a marionette.
  • Flying bird-like goblins characters.
  • Marionette assists on certain costumed characters.
  • Behind the Scenes footage from Inside the Labyrinth shows some of the Fireys being performed as marionettes.

The Tale of the Bunny Picnic

  • Marionettes used in production.

The Christmas Toy

  • A marionette of Rugby Tiger was used for the scene where he sneaks down the hall toward the stairs.

Muppets on Wheels

Muppet Treasure Island

  • Gonzo's arms and legs after he has been stretched out.

Muppets from Space

  • A brief shot of the lab rats as they make their way through the air vent.

Marionettes Existing Within Muppet Productions



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