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The Top Most Beloved Puppets for World Puppetry Day

Long before films and television shows relied on CGI to make make-believe reality, puppeteers performed with elaborate dolls and muppets for audience entertainment.

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Yoda may be the most famous puppet known to movie goers before the Wise One was replaced by CGI for later installments of the "Star Wars" franchise.
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Movie audiences first knew E.T. as Carlo Rambaldi's mechanical puppet that touched hearts when the movie debuted in 1982.
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Kermit the Frog was Ms. Piggy's boyfriend first, cultural icon second. Though the two have ultimately split, Kermit remains Jim Henson's most beloved Muppets character.
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True love died on the summer of 2015 when Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog ended their 40 year relationship. But Miss Piggy, the hair flipping, pearl wearing, outrageous diva of the Muppets gang, seemed to have <a href="/multimedia/G8067-Miss-Piggy-on-Tony-Bennett_1_NECN-404741426.html" target="_blank"> moved on</a>.
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Don't let those blue glass eyes fool you. Chucky is every child's nightmare fuel, as he proves in the "Child's Play" horror installment.
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From 'Tickle Me Elmo' to sippy cups, Elmo's enduring popularity is as wide and deep as the amount of children's merchandise available with his adorable face stamped on them.
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Cookie Monster may eat more fruits and vegetables these days, but the big blue Sesame Street muppet first wormed his way into children's hearts with his compulsive love for cookies.
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Who could resist a puppet named after Friday? King Friday XIII was the monarch of Fred Rogers' Neighborhood of Make Believe on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
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The trash-talking, brash Lil' Penny could not have been any more different than the NBA star it was based on. Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway lent his appearance to the comedic puppet that starred in many of Nike's commercials in the 90s, while a then-unknown Chris Rock voiced it.
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Lamb Chop and her sidekick, ventriloquist Shari Lewis, started entertaining children and adults alike on CBS' "Captain Kangaroo" in the 60s. Lewis' daughter, Mallory, took up her mother's mantle, continuing Lamb Chop's career well into the present.
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Bob Smith, left, poses with Howdy Doody and puppet Flub-A-Dub. Smith created Howdy Doody as a voice for the radio during the 40s and 50s, but it wasn't long before puppeteer Frank Paris gave him a body to match.
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First written about by Italian author Carlo Collodi, American children got to know the puppet who wanted to be a real boy in the Walt Disney animation "Pinocchio."
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Julia is the new kid on the block in the puppet world, but she already looks to have long lasting impact on the next generation of Sesame Street fans. Julia is the first character created to have autism as a way to familiarize child viewers to peers who may also have it.
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