Jim Henson tribute

Born 24 September 1936 Jim Henson was a multitalented American who was mainly known for his puppeteer creativity and inventive ways to bring his creations to life in film and television.

Jim Henson with his puppet creations

Jim Henson achieved worldwide recognition for his creation of The Muppets in 1955, which are still popular in present time along with his other creations such as Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and began developing puppets in high school. He created Sam and Friends, an early live-action/puppet television show he created with his eventual wife, Jane Nebel.

Graduating from University with a degree in Home Economics, he co-founded Muppets Inc. in 1958, which became The Jim Henson Company.

Sesame Street – Season 38
The Muppet Show – Season 5
Fraggle Rock – Opening & Closing Sequence

1969 saw Henson join the children’s educational television program, Sesame Street, where he helped to develop characters for the series. He produced The Muppet Show during this period, with the first series premiering in 1976. He won fame for his characters, in particular Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie. During the later years of his life, he founded the Jim Henson Foundation and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. He won the Emmy Award twice for his involvement in The Storyteller and The Jim Henson Hour.

The Dark Crystal trailer
Labyrinth trailer
The Storyteller trailer

On 16 May 1990, Henson died in New York City at the age of 53. His ashes were scattered near Taos, New Mexico. In the weeks following his death, he was celebrated with a wave of tributes. He was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991 and was selected to be one of the Disney Legends in 2011.

In 2019 I started building a replica of the Muppet arches as seen in the opening sequence of The Muppet Show and also built a hen house with the intention of creating my own rendition of The Muppet Show and Baby Face sequences.

A snapshot of my puppet creation

In 2020 COVID-19 became a pandemic worldwide. I went into 12-week isolation due to being high-risk. This gave me the opportunity to work on The Muppet Show project. What started as the opening sequence and Baby Face being recreated, spare time during lockdown opened up the opportunity to recreate other loveable musical moments in tribute to Jim Henson, whilst lifting spirits of anyone watching by following links to the video on various social media sources during the lockdown.

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, The Muppet Show.

The Muppet Show – a film tribute to Jim Henson 1936-1990

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