Wednesday, May 16, 2007

In Celebration of Jim

We Remember Jim Henson
September 24, 1936 - May 16, 1990



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I never met jim But I sure miss him...He always and will forever be my idol.
I can't say I look up to any one person more than I do him.
It's such a shame he had to go before his time.
Much love goes out to Jim even if his spirit isn't her eon earth anymore it's in the heart and soul of every muppet fan across the glob.
-Vaughn Michael

Scott said...

I remember the day he passed as being a dark one for me. I grew up with The Muppet Show and, of course, Sesame Street, and Jim was one of the first artists that interested me enough as a kid to actively read about, beyond checking out the end products of his genius.

There are two things that stick out in my mind the most around his untimely passing. First is the Muppet special that was made afterward, where the Muppets were looking up information about Jim, and Kermit was nowhere to be found until the end of the special. When Kermit finally arrived, and spoke in a voice other than Jim's, I cried huge, sobbing tears of grief and loss; I knew that we'd never hear his characters the "right" way again. The second was the amazing PBS documentary about him, which spanned his entire career, and featured interviews with the artists who knew him best. One comment in particular gave me a new appreciation in my adult life, for the performers whose work was so meaningful to me as a kid: Frank Oz discussed the fact that the reason he enjoyed working with the Muppet characters for as long as he did was the "healthy disrespect" he and Jim had for these puppets. The public saw them as so precious, and the fact that the performers themselves happily maintained their sick humor around them just seems so brilliantly fitting...in fact, that's probably the reason I love Puppet Up so much.

Anyhow, I miss you, Jim, and I'm glad to see your legacy continue under such great stewardship. I'm raising my kids to be Muppet fans, and thanks to the DVDs of The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and Sesame Street Old School, I can show them the versions of these things that I loved at their ages. Thank you.

Steve from The MuppetCast said...

Thanks, Jim, for everything. And wherever you are, have fun.

Ansis said...

One of the greatest artists ever.
I always felt that he was just beginning to explore new genre's within puppetry and animatronics.

Hopefully Dark Crystal 2 will be heavily laced with such.
(I am willing to eat my boot just to see what the art direction will be like)

I have always wondered what Jim would have thought about the current CGI trend.
-Ansis Purins