I grew up at a time when puppets were much, much more popular than they are today. I was fascinated by TV shows like Howdy Doody, Kukla, Fran & Ollie, Shari Lewis (with Lambchop) and Paul Winchell (with Jerry Mahoney).
The most recent (and successful) attempt to use puppets probably comes from the late Jim Henson and his “Muppets.” Although he took puppetry to new levels (like Farscape) I also think he took this craft out of the hands of most children.
I made both hand puppets (from socks) and marionettes as a child. I believe watching, making and playing with puppets during my early life helped to develop my mind to think more creatively.
Perhaps, too much so.
Years later, when I embraced the amazing theological ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, and found myself in a church without a minister, I volunteered to write and deliver a few sermons. One of those sermons involved the use of a “surprise” (unannounced) puppet show.
I was trying to put “new wine in new wineskins.” Unfortunately, the puppet show came as such a shock to the habitual listening of sermons by the congregation that the message was obscured by the unexpected visual show unfolding before them.
No one in the church pews remembered what was actually said!
I would never be the same after that puppet sermon, or view religion and people the same, ever, ever again.
I now also follow the habit-destroying ideas of George Gurdjieff and battle against becoming a puppet myself during my short life of this earthly existence!