Jim Henson and Kermit

Jim Henson fans in New York City, take note. Your next journey should be to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

/Film was able to catch a sneak preview of The Jim Henson Exhibition, a new permanent exhibition devoted to the life and work of the most famous puppeteer that has ever lived. While the museum has featured muppets and art from Henson before, this time it’s going to stay there forever, a fitting tribute to a man who continues to touch people’s lives.

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kermit the frog actor

Steve Whitmire has played Kermit the Frog for 27 years, taking over from beloved puppeteer and creator Jim Henson after his death in 1990. But after nearly three decades of playing the beloved Muppet, Whitmire was suddenly dismissed by Disney, and the job of being green would go to pupeteer Matt Vogel.

Now, Whitmire is speaking up about his unceremonious firing, which he says was because he spoke up about changes to the character that he felt were against Henson’s wishes. Disney and the Muppets Studio have different reasons, however.

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Jim Henson Museum Exhibition

The Muppets have been a beloved part of pop culture since Jim Henson created the characters back in 1955. Since then, they’ve spanned every kind of media you can think of, from movies to TV to video games and more. However, some of Jim Henson’s creations need a permanent home where fans can see these characters from decades past in all their glory, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York is hoping to provide that. But they need your help.

The Museum of the Moving Image in New York has launched a Kickstarter for fans to help them complete a permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson. The exhibition will include Muppet favorites such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Fraggles and much more. Find out more about the Jim Henson museum exhibition and where you can contribute below. Read More »

One Million Moms boycotting The Muppets

You know that grunt-like scream that Miss Piggy makes when she’s really made and frustrated? That’s pretty much what the American Family Association offshoot One Million Moms is doing right now as they boycott ABC’s The Muppets TV show premiering this Tuesday at 8pm Eastern.

The organization touts a mission statement saying that they are trying to “stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media” and “stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children.” Or more succinctly put, “We want our children to have the best chance possible of living in a moral society.”

So it might come as no surprise that The Muppets TV series, which has been described as having a more adult-skewed tone than previous Muppet stories, has the organization in uproar because the show apparently makes nonchalant jokes about sex and drugs. Find out more about One Million Moms boycotting The Muppets below. Read More »

Stan Lee and Jim Henson Epic Rap Battle

There’s a chance you might remember when we called attention to an installment of Epic Rap Battles of History because it featured Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock going head to head in a face-off of crushing rhymes about film. It’s as amusing as it is surreal of a concept to even think about.

And now Epic Rap Battles is back with two more entertainment icons. This time is Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, the creator of X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and more, battling Jim Henson, the genius behind the fuzzy Muppets that adults and kids alike enjoy so much. However, this particular rap battle isn’t like the rest you may have seen, because a third party enters the ring to shake things up. Watch the Stan Lee and Jim Henson Epic Rap Battle below! Read More »

The Muppets pitch video

In case you hadn’t heard, The Muppets are coming back to television this fall with a brand new series on ABC. Taking a cue from shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation, the series will be a mockumentary style show following the Muppets as they create a new series for ABC. Yeah, it’s pretty meta, just like all the rest of their productions.

The Muppets recently put on a hilarious panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, complete with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and more. (You can watch it all right here.) One thing that can’t be seen in the panel video is the 10-minute pitch video that was shown to ABC in order to land the series deal. But thankfully, the television studio has released the pitch video for us all to see, and it’s fantastic.

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Jim Henson jazz animation

After he’d done years of the show Sam and Friends but before moving on to The Muppet Show, Jim Henson did a set of experimental musical shorts. The animations use paper cutouts to visualize music. In the case of this one, Drums West, the inspiration and backing track is a piece from jazz drummer Chico Hamilton. Watch the short below, which ends with a bit of bonus footage of the young animater/puppeteer at work. Read More »

The Muppets’ Jane Henson Has Died

Jane Henson

Jane Nebel Henson, former wife and creative partner of Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died, as announced by the Jim Henson Co. She was 78.

While a student at the University of Maryland, Henson teamed with her future husband to create the WRC-TV show Sam and Friends, which featured the first appearance of a Kermit prototype. In later years, she served on the board of the Jim Henson Foundation, and created the Jim Henson Legacy to promote her late husband’s work following his death in 1990.

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Jim Henson‘s Labyrinth, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie, is one of those movies many of us loved as kids, but now tends to get lost in the shuffle. Connelly went on to win an Oscar, Bowie was already a musical legend and Henson had one or two other things going on as well. Not to mention, 1986 also saw the release of Aliens, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Transformers The Movie, Top Gun and more. Labyrinth has tons of competition for our nostalgic feelings. Still, the film remains an incredibly beautiful fantasy and it’s nice to see it finally getting some love in the pop art world.

After the jump, check out several differerent posters for Labyrinth by Paul Shipper, Criterion Collection regular Sam Smith and distinctive fan favorite Max Dalton. And we’ll throw in a Kill Bill poster too. Read More »

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‘Sesame Street’ Headed to Big Screen

After Kermit and his gang (re)took Hollywood by storm last year, the town suddenly and predictably rediscovered a love for Jim Henson. A second Muppets movie quickly got underway, NBC picked up a new puppet sitcom, The Happytime Murders got a kickstart with the casting of Katherine Heigl, Fraggle Rock hired new writers, and earlier this week, the BBC announced the Muppet Show-esque No Strings Attached.

So it was only a matter of time before studios began eyeing one of Henson’s most famous creations, Sesame Street. And indeed, it now appears that Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and company are set to follow their Muppet pals to the big screen. More details after the jump.

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