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The Time Douglas Adams Met Jim Henson

“Kermit and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew in the digitally created world of the Muppet Institute of Technology, 1985.” -Image © The Jim Henson Company On September 13, 1983, Jim Henson and author Douglas Adams had dinner for the first time. Henson noted the event in his “Red Book” journal, in characteristic short-form style: ‘Dinner with Douglas [...]

R.I.P. Muppeteer Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson, one of the original Muppeteers, died last night after a battle with cancer. Nelson was already a professional puppeteer when Jim Henson hired him to fill in while Frank Oz served in the military in the 1960s. Although his Muppet credits are numerous, Nelson was best known as The Count. With the exception of [...]

11 Muppets Who Made 11 or Fewer Muppet Show Appearances

Everyone knows Beaker, Kermit, Rizzo, and Fozzie. It’s time we give lesser-known Muppets some love! 1. The Announcer Remember that silky, disembodied voice that moved us from one scene to the next? That was the Announcer. Although his voice was everywhere, he made only one camera appearance. 2. Gorgon Heap Gorgon Heap liked eating. A lot. Here, he does [...]

The Complete History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If you were a kid in the 1980s or 90s, you probably spent some time reading, watching, or playing with four adolescent reptilian martial arts experts with irregular DNA. To make sure I got the scoop on everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell, I went straight to the source – co-creator Peter Laird – [...]

Jim Henson’s Commercials for Defunct Products

Before his success with the Muppets, Jim Henson made hundreds of commercials and short industrial films, often involving early Muppets. Here I’ve rounded up a few favorites. Wilkins Coffee, 1956-1961 A pair of proto-Muppets (Wilkins and Wontkins) in a series of comically deadly scenarios. Pretty adorable, really — I’d buy Wilkins Coffee, if it still [...]

Jim Henson’s Weird Short Film “Time Piece”

(Video Link) This 1966 short film written by, directed by and starring Jim Henson clinched an Academy Award nomination. What does it mean? Henson’s company says that the film addresses “the effect of time keeping on us all.” I think that the center of the film is the gorilla. The gorilla is the prime mover of [...]

The Pitch for The Muppet Show

Wow. Here’s the original pitch Jim Henson made to sell The Muppet Show to CBS. It’s a slow build — things only start getting wacky around the one-minute mark, but go completely nuts by the end. This is brilliant. According to Muppet Wiki, there was a little clip at the end [...]

Jim Henson’s Rediscovered 1963 Robot Film

“The machine is busy digesting vast oceans of information in a single, all-encompassing, gulp. INTERRUPTION! INTERRUPTION! INFORMATION ALERT!” -Computer H14, in a 1963 film made by Jim Henson for The Bell System (now AT&T). This film is a piece of Henson ephemera — a three-minute work created by a young Henson [...]

Robot

(YouTube link) You very well may recognize the voice, so stop reading if you want to watch and guess who did this little film. Okay, now? This film was produced in 1963 for a Bell Systems seminar in Chicago, by Jim Henson. It was recently retrieved from the AT&T Archives. -via Dangerous Minds

Dark Crystal:Creation Myths Is A Graphic Novel Prequel

With the Dark Crystal, Jim Henson established a fantasy world rich with culture, character and a history we discover little about during the course of the movie. To me, it always felt like it should have been the last in a trilogy, the grand finale for a storyline that could have spanned generations. If there’s one [...]