Puppets and animation come even closer together with the help of high powered computers, software and motion capture suits. It is very interesting how the puppeteer does the lip synch and facial expressions. A hand inserted in a special rig that links directly to the character's facial animation software so that the puppeteer can produce the voice and animation in real time. Some animators see the looming gates of doom for the craft with this technology. It certainly is an interesting career to be pursuing.
Ooo, a bit of a mo' cap debate firing up in the comments. Don't go in there. There may be dancing penguins!