In this one-hour special, Jim Henson -- with the help of Muppet character Rowlf the Dog -- explains the art of puppetry, from building to performance. Henson describes the various kinds of puppets; demonstrates how to operate a hand puppet; and provides a brief history of puppet development and performance throughout the world, beginning with the influence of the character Punch from the Punch and Judy shows of the 1800s.
The special is included as a bonus feature on the DVD set The Muppet Show: Season Three.
Other highlights include a backstage view of the Muppets in a unique version of the Cinderella story, combined with scenes from other classic children's stories; a skit in which bare human hands are used as puppets; and a demonstration of how to make simple puppets from materials found at home.
The program concludes with a skit about a king and his daughter featuring finger and foam puppets constructed during the show.