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Jim Henson

Jim Henson [13]

Born:September 24, 1936
Died:May 16, 1990 (53)
Filmography Rating:8.13 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.54 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.68 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78.24%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Muppet Show: Various Episodes [1976](40) => Kermit the Frog / Writer
The Muppet Show: Season 1 [1976](40) => Plenty of Others (voice) / Writer / Rowlf / Waldorf / The Newsman / Ernie / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Mahna Mahna / Kermit the Frog
The Muppet Show: Season 2 [1977](41) => Dr. Teeth / Kermit the Frog / The Swedish Chef / Waldorf / Rowlf / Plenty of Others (voice) / Zeke / Writer / Muppet Newsman / Link Hogthrob
The Muppet Show: Season 3 [1978](42) => Waldorf / Link Hogthrob / The Swedish Chef / Plenty of Others (voice) / Rowlf / Kermit the Frog / Muppet Newsman / Dr. Teeth / Writer
The Muppet Movie [1979](43) => Swedish Chef (voice) / Link Hogthrob / Doc Hopper's Men / Waldorf / Dr. Teeth / Rowlf / Kermit the Frog
The Great Muppet Caper [1981](45) => Director / Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Waldorf /The Muppet Newsman / Zeke / Man having Snapshot in Restaurant (voice)
The Dark Crystal [1982](46) => Director / Additional Characters / High Priest (Ritual Master) / Podling / Jen
The Muppets Take Manhattan [1984](48) => Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Swedish Chef / Ernie / Granny / Link Hogthrob / Horse & Carriage Rider / The Newsman (voice)
Follow that Bird [1985](49) => Ernie (voice) / Kermit the Frog
Labyrinth [1986](50) => Director
Ernest Goes to Camp [1987](51) => Minor (uncredited)
Dinosaurs: The Complete First And Second Seasons [1991](55) => Original idea (uncredited)
The Storyteller [1998](62) => Director

Trivia that mentions this person:
The Dark Crystal [1982]
  • Jim Henson personally trimmed twenty minutes from the film after a disastrous preview in San Francisco. Henson also ordered many of the character voices re-dubbed to eliminate some of the invented character languages to make the film more accessible and the plot easier to follow.
  • Early drafts of the script featured Jen and Kira traveling through the underworld where they encountered a race of underground mining creatures. This concept was later integrated by Jim Henson into [Fraggle Rock] and served as the partial basis for the story of The Power of the Dark Crystal.
    Little Shop of Horrors [1986]
  • The puppeteers who designed and operated Audrey II were veterans of the Jim Henson company. One of the operators was Brian Henson, Jim's son.
    MirrorMask [2005]
  • When Helena reaches for the copy of The Complete History of Everything in the library, the book directly beside it is entitled "Muppets in Space", using the font from [Farscape]. [Farscape] is another Jim Henson Company production set in space. This joke is often mistaken for Muppets from Space, the 1999 film.
  • During the circus montage at the beginning of the film, there is a brief shot of a hand balancing and twirling a set of four crystal balls. This art is called Contact Juggling, created by performance artist [?] Michael Moschen and originally debuted in the Jim Henson film Labyrinth, which in part inspired this film.
    The Muppet Movie [1979]
  • Jim Henson was determined to use the larger budget of a feature film to push the technological limits and capabilities of puppetry. One of the most difficult feats (and one that appears deceptively easy on-screen) was making Kermit ride a bicycle.
  • Kermit playing the banjo while sitting on a log took five days to shoot. Jim Henson had to sit in a 50-gallon steel drum submerged in a pond to operate the Kermit puppet for the sequence.
  • This was the last movie to feature famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his wooden sidekick, Charlie McCarthy; Bergen died shortly after his scene was shot in 1978. It held particular meaning for Jim Henson, who cited, on many occasions, how Bergen and McCarthy were the major reasons he took an interest in puppetry. A dedication to Bergen is included in the end credits.
  • The film was an analogy for Jim Henson's rise to fame.
  • Orson Welles plays a studio executive named Lew Lord who draws up a standard rich-and-famous contract for The Muppets - a reference to real-life producer [?] Sir Lew Grade (later [?] Lord Grade). When Jim Henson was trying to find a producer to make [The Muppet Show] happen, no American network understood or was interested in the concept, Grade recognized Henson's vision and made the show possible.
    Muppet Treasure Island [1996]
  • After Jim Henson's death, Rowlf the Dog was not recast for several years, as he was considered the character closest to Henson's actual personality (even more so than Kermit the Frog). In this film, Rowlf appears, but does not speak, in the first scene set in the Tavern.
    Muppets from Space [1999]
  • The first [Muppet] film since the deaths of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt to have their signature Muppet characters (Rowlf, Scooter, and Dr. Teeth) talk. Rowlf's only line is "Awwww!" at the breakfast table, when he finds out they're having bologna. Dr. Teeth's only line is "Shalom!", on the way to a bar mitzvah. Scooter was voiced by Richard's brother Adam Hunt, and his line is "Get your Gonzo T-shirts. Only ten bucks!"
  • Kermit is seen reading the "Hensonville News Observer", a reference to Jim Henson.
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze [1991]
  • Dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson.
  • The building used for the entrance to April's apartment is the office to the New York location of Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III [1992]
  • The only live-action [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles] movie that doesn't have the Jim Henson's Creature Shop involved with the creature costumes. This explains why the Turtles' and Splinter's appearances in this film are different from the previous two movies.
    Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars [2004]
  • Jim Henson's Creature Shop was responsible for most of the interesting aliens in the series. At one point, Crichton complains about being chased by the electric mayhem. The band on the [The Muppet Show] were known as Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and put out at least one album in the 1970s.
    The Muppet Show: Various Episodes [1976]
  • Jim Henson wanted the show to end during the peak of its popularity and creativity - and it did. The final year featured the highest Nielsen ratings of its existence.
    The Muppet Show: Season 1 [1976]
  • In February 2003, Disney purchased The Jim Henson Workshop. The deal includes characters such as Fozzie Bear and Gonzo, as well as the [Bear in the Big Blue House] franchise. [Sesame Street] characters such as Big Bird and Elmo are not included in the acquisition, as they are owned separately by the Sesame Workshop.
  • '"Lydia, The Tattooed Lady" (on the Connie Stevens episode) was one of Jim Henson's favorite songs. It was even performed at his memorial service in 1990 by Kevin Clash in the voice of Elmo. The tattoos drawn on Lydia were drawn on by Henson himself. Unlike other Muppet pigs, Lydia has hooves instead of hands. The punch at the end of the number was the first time Miss Piggy hit Kermit. This punch would later evolve into a karate chop.
    The Muppet Show: Season 2 [1977]
  • The Swedish Chef was a favorite of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, as they both got to perform him. Henson was the head and voice, while Oz provided the hands. Frequently, one of the two would ad lib a line or bit of business, forcing the other one to keep up.
    The Muppet Show: Season 3 [1978]
  • During the course of the show, Jim Henson wrote out a list of dream guests, and urged the writers and puppeteers to do the same. Henson's list included [?] Bil Baird, Shari Lewis, [?] Burr Tillstrom, Stan Freberg, [?] Mae West, Mia Farrow, [?] Princess Anne, Kim Novak, and [?] Katharine Hepburn. The Muppet performers and writing staff list included Dustin Hoffman, David Bowie, [?] Salvador Dalí, Michael Caine, Robert De Niro, [?] Frank Zappa, Meryl Streep, the entire Monty Python troupe, and The Beatles.
  • Of all the musical numbers they cooked up for the show, the one the producers were most proud of was created from Harry Belafonte's request for a meaningful piece, which had the singer singing {Turn the World Around} with puppets made to resemble traditional African tribal masks. Harry Belafonte also sung it at 'Jim Henson''s funeral.
    The Muppets [2011]
  • A picture of Jim Henson appears on a poster outside of the Muppet Theater, and a picture of him with Kermit the Frog appears on the wall in Kermit's old office.
    Labyrinth [1986]
  • Michael Jackson, [?] Prince, and Mick Jagger were considered to play Jareth. Jim Henson preferred Sting, until his kids convinced him that David Bowie (who had reached his peak of mainstream popularity with the "Let's Dance" album) would be best suited to it. Bowie wanted to make a children's movie, liked the concept, and found the script funnier and more amusing than many other contemporary special effects movies.
    Dinosaurs: The Complete First And Second Seasons [1991]
  • Jim Henson originally got the idea of a live action show featuring animatronic dinosaurs after he was impressed by the technology his Creature Shop was developing for the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. When the show went into production, the same technology was used to create the Dinosaurs. Many of the Ninja Turtle suit actors worked as various Dinosaur suit actors for the series.
  • {The Simpsons: Black Widower (1992)} features a parody of this show, and implies that it's a rip-off of [The Simpsons (1989)]. Jim Henson conceived of the idea before the ["The Simpsons"] aired. His idea was deemed too weird until the popularity of that series.
  • Jim Henson's Creature Shop designed the Dinosaur's animatronics with the requirements of a long-running series in mind. They were engineered to be far more robust and easy to maintain than would be necessary for a film.
    Dinosaurs: The Complete Third And Fourth Seasons [1992]
  • Georgie Must Die!: Georgie is a parody of Barney, of [Barney and Friends (1992)]. Barney is owned by a company called Henson International Television, or HiT. Jim Henson, who was involved in this show, was a co-founder of HiT.