History Creator / JimHenson

4th Apr '18 6:14:10 AM whalewithwings
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James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24, 1936 -- May 16, 1990) was one of the great puppeteers in history, and used that art to reach heights of popular success and artistic acclaim undreamed of by anyone before or since.

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James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24, 1936 -- May 16, 1990) was one of the great greatest puppeteers in history, and used that art to reach heights of popular success and artistic acclaim undreamed of by anyone before or since.
18th Mar '18 2:26:15 PM CyberTiger88
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Kermit, Sam and the other primitive creations of this show were the first [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppets]], and ''Sam and Friends'', as well as the concurrently produced commercials for Wilkins coffee, both proved to be smash local hits, which set a new standard for puppetry. Henson's techniques of setting the camera's point of view right at puppet level rather than using a traditional puppet show stage, and using a TV monitor so a puppeteer could see his own performance, were the first in a series of innovations he and the team of talented men and women who came to work for him made in the field. Even then, Henson initially considered puppets simply as a means of getting on TV with dreams of moving on to other TV careers like art direction. However, a vacation in Europe exposed him to a whole new world of puppetry as a deeply respected artform and Henson realized he found his calling after all.

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Kermit, Sam and the other primitive creations of this show were the first [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppets]], and ''Sam and Friends'', as well as the concurrently produced commercials for Wilkins coffee, Advertising/WilkinsCoffee, both proved to be smash local hits, which set a new standard for puppetry. Henson's techniques of setting the camera's point of view right at puppet level rather than using a traditional puppet show stage, and using a TV monitor so a puppeteer could see his own performance, were the first in a series of innovations he and the team of talented men and women who came to work for him made in the field. Even then, Henson initially considered puppets simply as a means of getting on TV with dreams of moving on to other TV careers like art direction. However, a vacation in Europe exposed him to a whole new world of puppetry as a deeply respected artform and Henson realized he found his calling after all.
2nd Mar '18 6:15:00 PM gjjones
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4th Feb '18 2:26:00 PM TropesForever
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2nd Feb '18 12:53:56 PM gjjones
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!!Tropes Related to Jim Henson Include:

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!!Tropes Related related to Jim Henson Include:include:
* 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.


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* 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.


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* 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.]]


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* 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.


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* 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").


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* 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 Creator/GeorgeLucas approached to play [[Franchise/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 Jan '18 4:59:24 PM UchuuFlamenco
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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 Creator/GeorgeLucas approached to play [[Franchise/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.
17th Dec '17 8:59:34 AM 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.



* GreenAesop: He loved these, and they can be found all throughout his career. In fact, the very last ''Series/SesameStreet'' skit he performed before his death [[http://www.sesamestreet.org/videos#media/video_4493a236-2579-4f23-9f71-8ed08181dcb0 has such a message.]]

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* GreenAesop: He loved these, 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 they can be found all throughout his career. In fact, the very last ''Series/SesameStreet'' skit puppet troupes who saw more commercial success than he performed before his death [[http://www.sesamestreet.org/videos#media/video_4493a236-2579-4f23-9f71-8ed08181dcb0 has 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 message.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.
]]


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* 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.


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* 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").


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* 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 Creator/GeorgeLucas approached to play [[Franchise/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.
16th Nov '17 11:29:53 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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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.
* GreenAesop: He loved these, and they can be found all throughout his career. In fact, the very last ''Series/SesameStreet'' skit he performed before his death [[http://www.sesamestreet.org/videos#media/video_4493a236-2579-4f23-9f71-8ed08181dcb0 has such a message.]]

* 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.]]

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* 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.
* GreenAesop: He loved these, and they can be found all throughout his career. In fact, the very last ''Series/SesameStreet'' skit he performed before his death [[http://www.sesamestreet.org/videos#media/video_4493a236-2579-4f23-9f71-8ed08181dcb0 has such a message.]]

* 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 Creator/GeorgeLucas approached to play [[Franchise/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.
8th Nov '17 8:38:54 AM themisterfree
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In 1955, WRC-TV, a UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC television station, began airing a short five minute puppet show named ''Series/SamAndFriends''. In addition to the manic title character and a skull-like omnivorous creature named Yorick, it featured a lizard like creature made from an old green sweater and a pair of ping pong balls named Kermit. This was the humble beginning for Kermit, who would eventually be refined in his design into a frog with a collar.

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In 1955, WRC-TV, WRC-TV 4, a UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC television station, station owned by Creator/{{NBC}}, began airing a short five minute puppet show named ''Series/SamAndFriends''. In addition to the manic title character and a skull-like omnivorous creature named Yorick, it featured a lizard like creature made from an old green sweater and a pair of ping pong balls named Kermit. This was the humble beginning for Kermit, who would eventually be refined in his design into a frog with a collar.



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 [[JustForFun/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 in first run syndication.syndication in the US, and on Creator/{{ITV}} in the UK, having been bankrolled by British entertainment legend Lord Lew Grade (who had previously bankrolled another puppeteer, Creator/GerryAnderson). 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 [[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf heckling, cackling and long suffering]] GreekChorus.



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 ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', more successfully continued Henson's legacy with new characters for new generations of fans.

Disney has owned ''The Muppet Show'' and its characters since 2004. [[Film/TheMuppets The 2011 Muppet film]] set out to keep the original cast of ''The Muppet Show'' fresh without changing them as characters, and proved successful enough to warrant [[Film/MuppetsMostWanted a sequel]] in 2014. (A few photos of Jim Henson are visible in the film, including [[TearJerker a large one of him and Kermit in Kermit's office.]]) Otherwise, the "classic" Muppets have been making fewer and shorter appearances in other mediums, such as a Website/YouTube channel of original skits. The Henson Company in New York City produces mainly CG series, internet material, and the puppets for ''Sesame Street'', the representative characters now owned by Sesame Workshop. And then in 2015, [[Series/TheMuppets they came back to TV once again.]]

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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 for two 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 ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', more successfully continued Henson's legacy with new characters for new generations of fans.

Disney has owned ''The Muppet Show'' and its characters since 2004. [[Film/TheMuppets The 2011 Muppet film]] set out to keep the original cast of ''The Muppet Show'' fresh without changing them as characters, and proved successful enough to warrant [[Film/MuppetsMostWanted a sequel]] in 2014. (A few photos of Jim Henson are visible in the film, including [[TearJerker a large one of him and Kermit in Kermit's office.]]) Otherwise, the "classic" Muppets have been making fewer and shorter appearances in other mediums, such as a Website/YouTube channel of original skits. The Jim Henson Company in New York City produces mainly CG series, internet material, and the puppets for ''Sesame Street'', the representative characters now owned by Sesame Workshop. And then in 2015, [[Series/TheMuppets they came back to TV once again.]]
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Jim Henson died of a severe and sudden strep throat infection on May 16, 1990.[[note]]The same day as Creator/SammyDavisJr[[/note]] At the time, he was negotiating with Creator/{{Disney}} to turn over the rights to his characters so that he could focus on production and performing, and did not wish to visit the hospital (his wife would later state that the refusal was likely due to his desire not to be a bother to people). He was only 53 years old. In a sense, this was the EndOfAnAge for the Muppets.

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Jim Henson died suddenly of toxic shock syndrome following a severe and sudden strep throat infection on May 16, 1990.[[note]]The same day as Creator/SammyDavisJr[[/note]] At the time, he was negotiating with Creator/{{Disney}} to turn over the rights to his characters so that he could focus on production and performing, and did not wish to visit the hospital (his wife would later state that the refusal was likely due to his desire not to be a bother to people). He was only 53 years old. In a sense, this was the EndOfAnAge for the Muppets.
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