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Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Jim Henson [12]


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Born:September 24, 1936
Died:May 16, 1990 (53)
Filmography Rating:8.14 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.54 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.69 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:74.89%
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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) / Waldorf / Rowlf / The Newsman / Ernie / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Mahna Mahna / Kermit the Frog / Writer
The Muppet Show: Season 2 [1977](41) => Link Hogthrob / Muppet Newsman / Dr. Teeth / Kermit the Frog / The Swedish Chef / Waldorf / Writer / Rowlf / Plenty of Others (voice) / Zeke
The Muppet Show: Season 3 [1978](42) => Waldorf / Link Hogthrob / The Swedish Chef / Plenty of Others (voice) / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Muppet Newsman / Kermit the Frog / Writer
The Muppet Movie [1979](43) => Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Doc Hopper's Men / Link Hogthrob / Swedish Chef (voice)
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 / Jen / Podling / High Priest (Ritual Master) / Additional Characters
The Muppets Take Manhattan [1984](48) => Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Swedish Chef / Ernie / Granny / Horse & Carriage Rider / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice)
Follow that Bird [1985](49) => Kermit the Frog / Ernie (voice)
Labyrinth [1986](50) => Director
Ernest Goes to Camp [1987](51) => Minor (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.
    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.
    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]
  • 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.
  • 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.
    The Muppet Movie [1979]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
    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]
  • Kermit is seen reading the "Hensonville News Observer", a reference to Jim Henson.
  • 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!"
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze [1991]
  • Dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson.
    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.
    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.