It's interesting in reading and hearing about what some people actually like to see when it comes down to puppetry, such as reading about how Matt Vogel actually would look for the rods and such that went into the puppets' hands, or hearing about how Sid & Marty Krofft once attempted to capitalize on the popular of Topo Gigio from The Ed Sullivan Show with minimal success because apparently audiences actually wanted to see strings and such. With the new Muppet movie that just came out, it's clear there wasn't a rod or anything to be see in sight, a lot of the character affects were done with chromakey and such, which does indeed work well on a big silver screen, but how do you personally feel about it? Do you like it when extra added effects are added to hide the rods and such, or do you actually like to see them and maybe headtops and such? In my own opinion, I DO like to see rods and the "sleeves" that come out of the puppets like from the bottom of their torsos, or from their glove hands; as impressive as visual effects are like in the new movie, to me, it's too much of an effort to hide the fact that what you're seeing are fake characters, and trying to make theme seem as real and as lifelike as possible... to me, what makes them believeable and lifelike is the characters' personalities the people who interact with them, and I've experienced that ranging from little kids, to even a grown man once, who can spontanouely carry on a conversation with a puppet, without any thought that, "Gee, am I seriously talking to a pile of foam, felt, and fleece?"... there's no acting involved in that, it's genuine, it's believable.