Sesame Street on the big screen: The Hollywood Reporter announced that a new Sesame Street movie is in the works to be produced by 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy is set to produce from a script by Sesame Street head writer Joey Mazzarino. Documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2013) currently has $70,000 of their $100,000 budget goal, with 8 days to go.
The word on the street: Elmo, Abby, and Grover are finally going to go to the Olympic Games, for the final week of competition. Fun Fun Elmo offers kawaii education with Guy Smiley. A Sesame special about hunger was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Cookie Monster gives his take on the song of the summer, with viral video "Share It Maybe". A new short-form series, Monstruos Supersanos, has debuted in Spain with favorite Sesame Street characters, including newcomer Dr. Ruster.
Video releases announced: The rarely-seen A Special Sesame Street Christmas is scheduled to be released on DVD November 6, 2012. In honor of its 20th anniversary, The Muppet Christmas Carol is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray November 6, 2012. Meanwhile, The Muppets is now available on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD in the U.S. and Canada.
Muppets 2, live on stage: On April 24, 2012, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy made an appearance at CinemaCon to officially announce that a follow-up to The Muppets is in development, under the working title, The Muppets 2. The Muppets appeared at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada on July 26, 2012. Recent TV appearances by the Muppets include The Bachelorette, The View, and The Chew.
Other recent developments: Daytime Emmys | Universal Studios Singapore Sesame section | production of The Doozers reboots | Little Children, Big Challenges launches | Jim Henson's Musical World held in New York | Bounty ads | Threadless contest | Fashion Police appearanceSesame Street Share It Maybe(03:41)
Jim Henson began working with puppets as a college student, creating the show Sam and Friends in 1955 for a local Washington, D.C. television station. The energetic Muppets soon became a popular fixture, and led to appearances on national variety shows. Henson's commercials for a local coffee company, Wilkins Coffee, were so popular that he was hired to create similar commercials around the country. In the early 1960s, Henson moved to New York City to work on a variety of projects, including a regular guest spot on The Jimmy Dean Show for the first Muppet star, Rowlf the Dog.
In 1969, Henson was invited to participate in a ground-breaking educational show for television, Sesame Street. Initially, the Muppets were meant to be just one element among many on the show -- but the popularity of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie and Bert soon made the Muppets the core of the show. Over the years, the Muppet cast has grown to include Mr. Snuffleupagus, Count von Count, Telly Monster, Rosita, Baby Bear, Zoe, and of course, the international superstar Elmo, who stars in his own segment, Elmo's World. Sesame Street is now in its 42nd season, and the newest stars are host Murray Monster and fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby.
In 1976, Henson created his signature project -- The Muppet Show, a weekly prime-time variety show filled with songs, sketches and talented guest stars. Kermit the Frog is the charming and mostly unflappable host, presiding over a motley crew of performers, including diva Miss Piggy, hopeful comedian Fozzie Bear, daredevil performance artist Gonzo, young eager gofer Scooter, and the house band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. The Muppet Show was a huge international success, making unlikely stars out of the Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, Sam the Eagle, and the two old cranks in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf.
The Muppet Show cast has continued to entertain audiences for over 30 years, spinning off into a popular series of movies, including The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island.
In the 1980s, Henson created new worlds -- the magical underground civilization of Fraggle Rock, the imagination-filled nursery of Muppet Babies, and the fantasy worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Henson's work has continued to live on beyond his death in 1990, and new productions featuring his creations are always in progress.
This wiki is dedicated to documenting, exploring and enjoying the enormous body of work that Jim Henson has created and inspired.
- 10: Down at Fraggle Rock: Lost Treasures from the Jim Henson Archives (book)
- 16: Sesame Street season 44
- 24: Jim Henson: The Biography (book)
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