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Jim Henson and Puppeteers

Jim Henson was an American puppeteer best known for creating TV characters, including the Muppets, and for his work on the popular children's show Sesame Street.

 

Watch an early video production Jim Henson made with a puppet that would be later altered to become CookieMonster:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IgF6_jVaj8

Also, you can watch the remake of this iconic video here: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag5M253UTgE

 

What changes were made? Compare the two videos.

Jim Henson would place his Muppets in skits (short comedy performances). Many times he would build these skits around song.

 

Click the above picture to see a video using the song, Stand by Me. It is about a carnivores puppet hunting rabbits. WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS OF A MONSTER PUPPET EATING LITTLE PUPPET RABBITS!

More about Jim Henson

Jim Henson, the man behind the Muppets, was born on September 24, 1936, in Greenville, Mississippi. Henson began working as a puppeteer in college, creating characters like Kermit the Frog. He created Kermit from an old coat of his mothers. He worked as a producer on Sesame Street, a popular kids' show that launched in 1969, and created The Muppet Show in 1976. The Muppet Movie, the first of many movies featuring Henson's famous characters, appeared in 1979. Henson received several accolades for his work, including Emmys, Grammys and a Peabody Award. He died of pneumonia on May 16, 1990.

Click the above picture with Kermit to listen to him and Ray Charles sing, "It's not easy being Green".

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