Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Remembering Jim Henson

For Christmas, my oldest son gave me a copy of the recently published, Jim Henson: the Biography, by Brian Jay Jones. It's been a bit busy here lately, but I finally got a chance to get into it, and I'm totally enjoying learning more about this amazing man. And there is a lot to learn (I hadn't realized how very young he was when he began his career).

I'm only about a quarter of the way through the book so far, but already I'm searching out videos of some of his earlier work. Here are some of his first commercials and also some of the first times he added his voice to his Muppets.

This clip from his Academy Award nominated short, Time Piece, features a young Jim Henson.

And here's Kermit being interviewed by Johnny Carson (originally Kermit wasn't a frog but more abstract and also blue-green rather than green, made from Jim Henson's mother's old coat).

I still miss Jim Henson. What a talented person!

I hope you enjoyed this. If you're interested in seeing more, there are many videos on the Jim Henson channel on YouTube. And I highly recommend the book.

Have a great day!


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