How exactly do I download this? I'm relatively new to dA and don't know how to download .GIFs on here. I click the DL button and it just takes me to an enlarged verion of it on another page (I AM NEWB OK!).
The one at the download button is the swf flash file. In the description is a link to the gif, click it, deviantart tells you bla about outgoing link, click continue, gif opens, rightclick on it, save as.
No puppet. I vectorize one frame and then adjust the parts for each following frame. I have glimpsed how puppets work but no idea how to set one up. At first I did it to make proper good quality gifs but then switched to flash for most. With scripting you can do a bit randomization like the blinking for example.
But puppets are more for real animations where you have to make thousands of frames.