History Creator / JimHenson

12th Jan '17 11:11:01 PM NWolfman
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Smack in the middle. Henson's work was almost always a source of joy, optimism and good old-fashioned entertainment, yet always had noticeable undertones of somberness. As mentioned under "RealitySubtext," this optimistic realism stemmed from seeing his bother die in a motorcycle accident when he was young.
6th Jan '17 9:40:47 AM Kissybandit513
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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, 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 butterfly puppet on a string rod 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".
28th Nov '16 3:30:27 PM TropesForever
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* BeardOfDirectors
21st Nov '16 10:35:35 PM spasskysteve
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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]]
17th Nov '16 11:17:05 AM TropesForever
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* FirstNameBasis: He was (and still is) almost always "Jim", even in his autobiography. Which leads to sentences referring to "Nelson, Oz, Goelz and Jim".


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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Just before he died, he called in sick for the first time in his life. This naturally got a lot of the Muppet Performers worried.
2nd Nov '16 10:07:23 AM Kissybandit513
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* IncrediblyLamePun: When he was announcing the winner in his first appearance as himself at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, he began to read in Kermit's voice, "So, the winner is...", cleared his throat, and said, "Had a frog in my throat, there" then immediately apologized and claimed, "I've never used that line before!"

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* IncrediblyLamePun: When he was announcing the winner for Best Animated Short in his first appearance as himself at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, he began to read in Kermit's voice, "So, the winner is...", cleared his throat, and said, "Had a frog in my throat, there" then immediately apologized and claimed, "I've never "I haven't used that line before!"
1st Nov '16 4:22:55 PM Kissybandit513
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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," 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 announcing the nominees winner in his first appearance as himself at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, he began to read in Kermit's voice, "And "So, the nominees are...winner is...", cleared his throat, and said, "Sorry, had "Had a frog in my throat," throat, there" then immediately apologized and claimed, "That's the ''first'' time I ever did "I've never used that joke, I swear!"line before!"
16th Oct '16 1:51:53 AM Morgenthaler
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In 1955, WRC-TV, a 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, a WashingtonDC 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.
12th Oct '16 7:37:59 PM TropesForever
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In 1955, WRC-TV, a 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 Yorrick, 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, a 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 Yorrick, 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.
3rd Sep '16 8:50:43 PM tvinsomne
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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.

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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. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01VYKfOZA4o One insert in particular, 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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