Google's Jim Henson doodle lets you be the puppeteer

September 24 would have been Jim Henson's 75th birthday, so Google commemorates the day with another entertaining doodle. In this one, you can try digital puppetry by making six Muppets move and talk to your bidding.

If you're going to make a Google doodle to celebrate what would have been Muppet master Jim Henson's 75th birthday, September 24, there's no point doing it by halves.

Henson didn't.

So Google worked with both the Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop to allow everyone in the world to become a puppeteer for a day.

This delightful doodle lets you operate six new, engaging Henson characters digitally.

You are given a hand with which to operate each character. Click on that hand once, the puppet will follow your mouse pointer. Click twice and the puppet opens its mouth.

Yes, you can pretend that your favorite puppet is saying: "What the jumpin' blazes is going down there at Yahoo?!!"

Or: "Groupon? Ya lost any COO's lately?"

Or even: "HP? That's brown sauce in some places, right?"

Henson died aged 53 in 1990, yet his legacy, including characters from "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show," has wafted merrily into cultural history.

Google's little homage is a fine tribute to a man who, apparently, began every one of his new creations with, well, a doodle.

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET
 

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