The Muppets... Again: The next Muppet movie is currently in production, and news is slowly trickling in...
Jane Henson (1934-2013): Jane Nebel Henson, Jim Henson's wife, collaborator, and co-founder of the Jim Henson Company died at the age of 78 on April 2. We also remember veteran Muppeteer Jerry Nelson, who also passed away at age 78 last August.
The Word on the Street: Season 43 of Sesame Street is here, featuring new segment, Elmo: The Musical. Joey Mazzarino is writing a new Sesame Street movie for 20th Century Fox. Documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2013) continues production. An eight-episode, second season of Kinect Sesame Street TV was recently released over the XBOX Marketplace. In the meantime the show's German co-production, Sesamstrasse, is celebrating its 40th anniversary all throughout 2013, and with its first TV movie: An environmental crime story. The Sesame Street YouTube channel reached one billion total views and uploaded a celebration video, "Counting the "You"s in YouTube."
New DVD and Blu-ray releases: The Muppet Movie will be coming to Blu-ray later this year. Other upcoming DVD releases include Elmo the Musical and the 1978 TV special Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring.
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 starred in his own segment, Elmo's World. Sesame Street is now in its 43rd 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.