History Creator / JimHenson

16th Jul '16 3:54:02 PM gjjones
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* FriendToAllChildren: Despite disliking being typecast as a children's entertainer, he was the man who made the single best and most successful children's show what it is. Check out those letters the Muppets read at the end of ''The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson''. That says it all. He had five children of his own, as well.

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Despite disliking being typecast as a children's entertainer, he was the man who made the single best and most successful children's show what it is. Check out those letters the Muppets read at the end of ''The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson''. That says it all. He had five children of his own, as well.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: He and the rest of the crew got a lot of this when ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' was being shopped around and when it first premiered. It happened again before ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' was released.

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He and the rest of the crew got a lot of this when ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' was being shopped around and when it first premiered. It happened again before ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' was released.



* WorldBuilding: Both of his theatrical releases that stepped away from the Muppets had their own in-depth settings. These unique worlds were a combination of the genius of Henson and artist Creator/BrianFroud.

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Both of his theatrical releases that stepped away from the Muppets had their own in-depth settings. These unique worlds were a combination of the genius of Henson and artist Creator/BrianFroud.
16th Jul '16 3:50:28 PM gjjones
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* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: Perhaps the poster child for how well this can work. From his early successes to the day he died, Henson was constantly trying to get new projects off the ground and expand his artistic possibilities. Many of his associates speculated that this was due to his brother's death in a car accident, with such a vivid demonstration of how suddenly a person's life can end making him want to do as much as he possibly could with whatever time he had.



* AuthorExistenceFailure: One of the most heartbreaking examples in recent memory.



* CashCowFranchise: The Muppets.



* CreatorBreakdown: He had one in the mid-1980s, involving the disastrous reception to ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' and a separation from his wife. He became morbid and reclusive and was just starting to come out of that stage when he died.



* DoingItForTheArt: This was pretty much Jim's mindframe for most, if not all, of the projects he did in his life. However, this also contrasted him from other puppeteers and puppet troupes who saw more commercial success than he did, such as [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid & Marty Krofft]], for example.



* FlipFlopOfGod: For many years, Jim had said that the word "Muppet" was combination of the words "Marionette" and "Puppet" (and given that most Muppet puppets resemble marionettes that are worked more like traditional hand puppets, it's convincing), but later in his life, he retracted this, and said "Muppet" was just a funny-sounding word he and his wife Jane made up -- a claim that the Henson family continues to use to this day.



* HeAlsoDid: Henson did a surrealistic teleplay called ''Film/TheCube'' in the 1960s about a man trapped in a small cube who's visited by various strange people as he tries to find his way out.
** His equally surreal 1964 ''Film/TimePiece'' received an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for Best Live-Action Short Film.
*** ''Tale of Sand'' was an unproduced screenplay by Henson and Jerry Juhl that attempted to adapt some of the dark themes and stream-of-consciousness filmmaking techniques of ''Time Piece'' to a feature-length presentation. After languishing in the Henson Company archives for decades, it was finally produced as a graphic novel by Creator/ArchaiaEntertainment.
** A number of film inserts for ''Series/SesameStreet'', such as animations (affectionately known as the Henson Number Count films, or his stop-motion King of 8 and Queen of 6) and live-action (the memorable Dollhouse insert).
** In 1960, he put out a novelty record called "Tick Tock Sick." [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LYFshBjIOI No, really.]]



* OldShame: The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' "Land of Gortch" sketches, sort of. Henson was still proud of the characters, enough to give King Ploobis a cameo in the final shot of ''The Muppet Movie'', but the contract forbade him and his team from contributing to the writing process, and the SNL writers really didn't get what he was going for. He did at least get to write their bittersweet sendoff when ''The Muppet Show'' was picked up.
* OutlivedItsCreator: Just about all he worked for, but it's not even something that was of a major concern of his. In fact, this is one of the reasons why towards the end of his life, it was Disney he chose to sell the Muppets to, on the grounds that the company had managed to keep Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and others alive years after Walt's passing. While some of his associates (Caroll Spinney, for one) felt the Muppets did need to live on even after Jim's death, others (Frank Oz) weren't so keen on the idea. Nevertheless, despite the rocky road, the Muppets have still managed to survive for future generations nearly 25 years after losing Jim.



* RealitySubtext: He had been really close to his older brother Paul, Jr., and Paul, Jr.'s sudden death due to a car accidental had such a personal effect on Jim, that almost all of his work has some underlying level of melancholy and poignancy to it. In fact, this is brought up and somewhat lampshaded in the Muppets' 30th anniversary special, where Kermit admits his favorite part about the Muppets are the times where the Muppets aren't necessarily funny (to which his nephew, Robin, says, "Yeah, I always figured that was the writers' fault").



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: It's impossible to look at ''anything'' made by the Henson company post-1990 without asking this question.
** On a related note, Jim was the first person GeorgeLucas approached to play [[StarWars Yoda]]. Jim deferred the character to Frank Oz due to his busy schedule, but who knows how Yoda would have turned out under a different performer?
** Henson died while he was negotiating selling the Muppets to Disney. That ultimately did happen, but not for over a decade. One wonders if/how things would've been different for Kermit and the gang.
*** One immediate difference would have been a Muppet theme park, or at least an entire Muppet "land" at Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios). Only the Muppets 4D show building remains of this plan.
*** He planned to sell off the Muppets to Disney in order to return to strictly puppeteering. One wonders what might have happened if he'd remade himself as a for-hire performer instead of a show runner.
*** Additionally, Disney was hoping to have Jim become the new Walt-esque creative face of the company and consult on various projects, similar to the role John Lasseter would fill after Pixar's buyout. One can only imagine how a Henson influenced Disney Renaissance could turn out.
** Even with everything he did accomplish, he also had ''tons'' of other ideas that never got past his notes. A nightclub where films would be projected on women's bodies, for instance.
** Frank Oz has speculated that, given Jim's fascination with computer animation in his last few years, he might have joined Creator/{{Pixar}}. Now that's something to sigh about never getting to see.
** Henson was so grateful for Jimmy Dean giving him national exposure on his show that he offered Dean 40% ownership of the Henson Company. Dean turned it down, noting that he did nothing to deserve it and Henson should have all the fruits of his incredible creativity. It was a decision of conscience that Dean never regretted.
** At the beginning of TheNewTens, there was such a resurgence in interest of Jim Henson's life and career that a screenplay for a biopic was penned and shopped around to studios. When a sample of the script surfaced on the web, fans found the depiction of him inaccurate and so disrespectful ([[spoiler: the climax of the biopic depicted him as losing his mind to the point that he was hallucinating his puppets were coming to life and communicating with him, when in fact Jim ''never'' talked to his puppets, nor was he ever sentimental of them]]) that plans for the movie were soon shot down and the script was laid to rest.
22nd Jun '16 2:58:36 PM Morgenthaler
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While ''Sesame Street'' still runs strongly, as it was not affected by the sales and resales of The Jim Henson Company and its properties that persisted into the TurnOfTheMillennium, the ''Muppet Show'' cast had a spottier record via all the turmoil. ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', which set to update the concept of ''The Muppet Show'' for the 1990s by introducing new characters, a new host, a new setting, and new skits, only lasted a few seasons before falling into obscurity. New film productions were largely overlooked. Other productions by the Jim Henson Company and its performers, ranging from ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' to ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' and ''DogCity'', more successfully continued Henson's legacy with new characters for new generations of fans.

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While ''Sesame Street'' still runs strongly, as it was not affected by the sales and resales of The Jim Henson Company and its properties that persisted into the TurnOfTheMillennium, the ''Muppet Show'' cast had a spottier record via all the turmoil. ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', which set to update the concept of ''The Muppet Show'' for the 1990s by introducing new characters, a new host, a new setting, and new skits, only lasted a few seasons before falling into obscurity. New film productions were largely overlooked. Other productions by the Jim Henson Company and its performers, ranging from ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' to ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' and ''DogCity'', ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', more successfully continued Henson's legacy with new characters for new generations of fans.
10th Jun '16 11:39:49 PM nombretomado
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In the mid-1970s, after both a season performing new characters on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and a couple specials that would serve as pilots, ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' launched on first run syndication. Like the early variety show appearances, the Muppets used {{Slapstick}} so over the top it's a wonder MoralGuardians of the time didn't have a heart attack from all the explosions, Muppets eating smaller Muppets, and general mayhem surrounding the Muppet Theatre. Henson, in addition to Kermit and Rowlf, performed characters ranging from trippy keyboardist Dr. Teeth to the masculine and very dense Link Hogthrob. He also performed Waldorf to Richard Hunt's Statler, giving the theatre its [[StatlerAndWaldorf heckling, cackling and long suffering]] GreekChorus.

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In the mid-1970s, after both a season performing new characters on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and a couple specials that would serve as pilots, ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' launched on first run syndication. Like the early variety show appearances, the Muppets used {{Slapstick}} so over the top it's a wonder MoralGuardians of the time didn't have a heart attack from all the explosions, Muppets eating smaller Muppets, and general mayhem surrounding the Muppet Theatre. Henson, in addition to Kermit and Rowlf, performed characters ranging from trippy keyboardist Dr. Teeth to the masculine and very dense Link Hogthrob. He also performed Waldorf to Richard Hunt's Statler, giving the theatre its [[StatlerAndWaldorf [[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf heckling, cackling and long suffering]] GreekChorus.
7th Apr '16 3:53:10 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Most of Jim's characters spoke with variations of the same two or three voices. He had a rather idiosyncratic voice to begin with, so he really didn't need to do much to it.
11th Mar '16 8:44:38 AM erforce
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-->--edited-together audio from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hzQXGlFJQk this video]][[note]]Based on "Creator/StanLee vs Jim Henson" from WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory. Everything until "superhero" is taken from a 1970s TV appearance of Henson's; "superhero" is taken from the rap.[[/note]]

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-->--edited-together -->-- edited-together audio from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hzQXGlFJQk this video]][[note]]Based on "Creator/StanLee vs Jim Henson" from WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory. Everything until "superhero" is taken from a 1970s TV appearance of Henson's; "superhero" is taken from the rap.[[/note]]



In the meantime, Henson's Creature Shop had become a major font for further advancing puppetry. Building on full body characters like the Gorgs from ''Fraggle Rock'', the Creature Shop was responsible for the title characters of [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles the 1990 movie version]] of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', and its first sequel ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze''. As well, the Shop also did forays into CG animation, namely Waldo, a gusty experimentation of a manually-controlled virtual 3D character who appeared in both ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' and ''Ride/MuppetVision3D'' which runs at Ride/DisneyThemeParks to this day.

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In the meantime, Henson's Creature Shop had become a major font for further advancing puppetry. Building on full body characters like the Gorgs from ''Fraggle Rock'', the Creature Shop was responsible for the title characters of [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990 the 1990 movie version]] of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', and its first sequel ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze''.''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze''. As well, the Shop also did forays into CG animation, namely Waldo, a gusty experimentation of a manually-controlled virtual 3D character who appeared in both ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' and ''Ride/MuppetVision3D'' which runs at Ride/DisneyThemeParks to this day.
10th Feb '16 5:03:31 PM FigmentJedi
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*** Additionally, Disney was hoping to have Jim become the new Walt-esque creative face of the company and consult on various projects, similar to the role John Lasseter would fill after Pixar's buyout. One can only imagine how a Henson influenced Disney Renaissance could turn out.
3rd Jan '16 8:09:08 PM JakesBrain
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** Frank Oz has speculated that, given Jim's fascination with computer animation in his last few years, he would have joined Pixar. Now that's something to sigh about never getting to see.

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** Frank Oz has speculated that, given Jim's fascination with computer animation in his last few years, he would might have joined Pixar.Creator/{{Pixar}}. Now that's something to sigh about never getting to see.
3rd Jan '16 8:05:15 PM JakesBrain
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** Of course, there was also Kermit - the sanest member and leader of a group of crazy performers. Though unlike Kermit, Henson was far less likely to complain or criticize - apparently only saying "Hmm" if he disliked something.

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** Of course, there was also Kermit - -- the sanest member and leader of a group of crazy performers. Though unlike Kermit, Henson was far less likely to complain or criticize - -- apparently only saying "Hmm" if he disliked something.



** And then there's Ernie and Bert, which were basically this for both Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Many have said that Ernie and Bert are very much like Jim and Frank, in that Jim had a little bit of a mischevious streak, and especially loved to pester Frank, meanwhile Frank was rather uptight. Jim also confessed that he and Frank were so comfortable with Ernie and Bert, that most of the time, they would ad-lib many of the Ernie and Bert inserts - keeping the original educational goal and specific gag of the bit in mind, but forgoing the rest of the script otherwise. One insert in particular, featuring Bert showing off his new aquarium of goldfish to Ernie, was ''completely'' improvised by Jim and Frank from start to finish.

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** And then there's Ernie and Bert, which were basically this for both Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Many have said that Ernie and Bert are very much like Jim and Frank, in that Jim had a little bit of a mischevious streak, and especially loved to pester Frank, meanwhile Frank was rather uptight. Jim also confessed that he and Frank were so comfortable with Ernie and Bert, that most of the time, they would ad-lib many of the Ernie and Bert inserts - -- keeping the original educational goal and specific gag of the bit in mind, but forgoing the rest of the script otherwise. One insert in particular, featuring Bert showing off his new aquarium of goldfish to Ernie, was ''completely'' improvised by Jim and Frank from start to finish.



* AFatherToHisMen: Many who have worked for him have said that Jim never seemed like a boss or an employer, but more like a father. Jim himself absolutely hated confrontations of any kind, he could never fire anybody (with the one exception of producer Diana Birkenfield due to creative differences), and producer David Lazer often reprimanded Jim for never disciplining his colleagues when he should have... in fact, it often fell on Lazer to punish someone for stepping out line, such as an occasion where Richard Hunt ended up going on record for bad-mouthing a recent ''[[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppet Show]]'' guest star - Lazer chewed Hunt out for his actions (driving Hunt to tears), where afterwards, all Jim could do was hug and console him.
* FlipFlopOfGod: For many years, Jim had said that the word "Muppet" was combination of the words "Marionette" and "Puppet" (and given that most Muppet puppets resemble marionettes that are worked more like traditional hand puppets, it's convincing), but later in his life, he retracted this, and said "Muppet" was just a funny-sounding word he and his wife Jane made up - a claim that the Henson family continues to use to this day.
* FragileFlower: As noted above, Jim strongly disliked, and avoided any kind of confrontation as much as he could - in fact, whenever he would end up being dragged into some kind of heated arguement, or dispute, he might as well have been a turtle retreating inside his shell, as his way of handling the situation would be to just sit there and be quiet.

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* AFatherToHisMen: Many who have worked for him have said that Jim never seemed like a boss or an employer, but more like a father. Jim himself absolutely hated confrontations of any kind, he could never fire anybody (with the one exception of producer Diana Birkenfield due to creative differences), and producer David Lazer often reprimanded Jim for never disciplining his colleagues when he should have... in fact, it often fell on Lazer to punish someone for stepping out line, such as an occasion where Richard Hunt ended up going on record for publicly bad-mouthing a recent ''[[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppet Show]]'' guest star - -- Lazer chewed Hunt out for his actions (driving Hunt to tears), where afterwards, all Jim could do was hug and console him.
* FlipFlopOfGod: For many years, Jim had said that the word "Muppet" was combination of the words "Marionette" and "Puppet" (and given that most Muppet puppets resemble marionettes that are worked more like traditional hand puppets, it's convincing), but later in his life, he retracted this, and said "Muppet" was just a funny-sounding word he and his wife Jane made up - -- a claim that the Henson family continues to use to this day.
* FragileFlower: As noted above, Jim strongly disliked, and avoided any kind of confrontation as much as he could - -- in fact, whenever he would end up being dragged into some kind of heated arguement, or dispute, he might as well have been a turtle retreating inside his shell, as his way of handling the situation would be to just sit there and be quiet.



* TheFunInFuneral: He personally requested that his funeral not be a dour occasion and demanded a dixieland jazz band play. Everyone had to wear ''colorful'' outfits, and everyone was assigned a basic puppet on a string to play with as they watched. It's true there were sad moments -- but the whole thing crested when Kevin Clash, using his [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]] voice broke out into the bawdy "Lydia the Tattooed Lady".

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* TheFunInFuneral: He personally requested that his funeral not be a dour occasion and demanded a dixieland jazz band play. Everyone had to wear ''colorful'' outfits, and everyone was assigned a basic puppet on a string to play with as they watched. It's true there were sad moments -- but the whole thing crested when Kevin Clash, using his [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]] voice voice, broke out into the bawdy "Lydia the Tattooed Lady".



** He did a few of these in TheSixties; he went through a phase of being an experimental filmmaker.



* HypocriticalHumor: The "Wilkins and Wontkins" commercials, in which Wontkins is brutally punished for saying he doesn't like Wilkins coffee, or has just never tried it, get even funnier when you know Henson himself disliked coffee of any kind.

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* HypocriticalHumor: The "Wilkins and Wontkins" commercials, in which Wontkins is brutally punished for saying he doesn't like Wilkins coffee, or has just never tried it, get even funnier when you know find out Henson himself disliked hated the taste of coffee of any kind.and only ever drank it to be polite.



* IncrediblyLamePun: When he was reading the nominees in his first appearance as himself at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, he began to read in Kermit's voice, "And the nominees are...", cleared his throat, and said, "Sorry, had a frog in my throat", then immediately apologized and claimed, "That's the ''first'' time I ever did that joke! I swear!"

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* IncrediblyLamePun: When he was reading the nominees in his first appearance as himself at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, he began to read in Kermit's voice, "And the nominees are...", cleared his throat, and said, "Sorry, had a frog in my throat", throat," then immediately apologized and claimed, "That's the ''first'' time I ever did that joke! joke, I swear!"



* PrecisionFStrike: He typically avoided profanity and would simply say "For heaven's sake!" when he got upset. Except for when a viewer of ''The Cube'' wrote a bizarre letter about the corpse of Marcus Aurelius belching at how bad it was. Henson wrote back just one line: "What the fuck are you talking about?"
** A milder example is a presentation he taped to pitch ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' to networks; the pitch was a brief showcase of the typical kind of mayhem the Muppets are known for, and when all is over with, Kermit enters frame, [[NoFourthWall looks to the camera]], and asks, "What the hell was that?!"

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* PrecisionFStrike: He typically avoided profanity and would simply say "For "Oh for heaven's sake!" when he got upset. Except for when a viewer of ''The Cube'' wrote a bizarre letter about the corpse of Marcus Aurelius belching at how bad it was. Henson wrote back just one line: "What the fuck ''fuck'' are you talking about?"
** A milder example is a presentation he taped to pitch ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' to networks; the pitch was a brief showcase of the typical kind of mayhem the Muppets are known for, and when all is over with, Kermit enters frame, [[NoFourthWall looks to the camera]], and asks, "What the hell was that?!"''that?!''"



** Frank Oz has speculated that, given his fascination with CG animation in his last few years, he would have joined Pixar. Now that's something to sigh about never getting to see.
** Henson was so grateful for Jimmy Dean giving him national exposure on his show that he offered Dean 40% ownership of the Henson Company. Dean turned it down noting that he did nothing to deserve it and Henson should have all the fruits of his incredible creativity. It was a decision of conscience that Dean never regretted.
** At the beginning of TheNewTens, there was such a resurgence in interest of Jim Henson's life and career that a screenplay for a biopic was penned and shopped around to studios. When a sample of the script surfaced on the web, fans found the depiction of him inaccurate and so disrespectful ([[spoiler: the climax of the biopic depicted him as losing his mind to the point that he was hallucinating his puppets were coming to life and communicating with him, when in fact Jim ''never'' talked to his puppet, nor was he ever sentimental of them]]) that plans for the movie were soon shot down and the script was laid to rest.

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** Frank Oz has speculated that, given his Jim's fascination with CG computer animation in his last few years, he would have joined Pixar. Now that's something to sigh about never getting to see.
** Henson was so grateful for Jimmy Dean giving him national exposure on his show that he offered Dean 40% ownership of the Henson Company. Dean turned it down down, noting that he did nothing to deserve it and Henson should have all the fruits of his incredible creativity. It was a decision of conscience that Dean never regretted.
** At the beginning of TheNewTens, there was such a resurgence in interest of Jim Henson's life and career that a screenplay for a biopic was penned and shopped around to studios. When a sample of the script surfaced on the web, fans found the depiction of him inaccurate and so disrespectful ([[spoiler: the climax of the biopic depicted him as losing his mind to the point that he was hallucinating his puppets were coming to life and communicating with him, when in fact Jim ''never'' talked to his puppet, puppets, nor was he ever sentimental of them]]) that plans for the movie were soon shot down and the script was laid to rest.
20th Dec '15 4:18:44 AM Green_lantern40
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->''"Hello there. My name is Jim Henson, and I'm a superhero."''
-->--edited-together audio from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hzQXGlFJQk this video]][[note]]Based on "Creator/StanLee vs Jim Henson" from WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory. Everything until "superhero" is taken from a 1970s TV appearance of Henson's; "superhero" is taken from the rap.[[/note]]
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