muppet: 1. a combination of the marionette and hand puppet. The most common variant design has the puppeteer have one arm inside the puppet to control the head while the other operates the puppet's movable arm.
2. The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. Individually, a Muppet is properly any one of the puppets built by the Jim Henson Workshop. Though the term is often used erroneously to refer to any puppet that resembles the distinctive style of the Muppet Show and Sesame Street characters, the term is both an informal name and legal trademark linked to the characters created by Jim Henson and the Jim Henson Company.
are sesame street puppets muppets?
this is dire. you must answer.
they obviously are because they have strings attached to their arms and sometimes sticks which the puppet master manipulates from under the puppet. you dont really think someone has a single finger in each one of those long ass arms to control their hands do you? its preposterous to even think that!!
Putting aside the fact that Henson created the Sesame Street characters (I know you know that), there's the fact that Kermit the Frog had a regular role on Sesame Street, which pretty much seals the deal as far as I'm concerned.
Well, from a trademark point of view, Sesame Street characters are not muppets. At least, not anymore. The Jim Henson Company was purchased last year by Disney. Now some of you may think this is a shame, but consider these facts. 1.) Jim Henson almost sold to Disney back in 1990, and maybe he would have had he not died that year. 2.) Disney plans 4 or 5 new Muppet movies in as many years. 3.) The Disney marketing machine will be behind the Muppets now, putting them in more homes around the world than ever before. (That's mostly a good thing.)
So, you may ask, what does this have to do with Sesame Street characters not being muppets? Go ahead, ask. Well, Disney did not buy Sesame Street. Those rights were purchased by the Children's television Workshop, which has been involved with Sesame Street for as long as I can remember.
The bottom line is, as afar as I can tell, we get more Muppets, with Kermit now on the side of Mickey and Sesame Street is still in capable, responsible hands. we won't see kermit on Sesame Street anymore, and we won't see Big Bird at Disneyland.