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The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

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Photo taken with Lisa and Cheryl in 1968

The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow was a proposed Thanksgiving television special with music intended to be written by Raymond Scott.[1]

Set in 1968, a treatment was written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl about a group of monsters living in the wild around a small New England town, which is the turkey capital of the country.[2]

The original production phase made it as far as puppet design, some of which were built and still exist in the archives. Photos of Lisa and Cheryl Henson were taken in Jim Henson's back yard as a test to see how the puppets would look in the real world outside of a sound stage. The intention was to shoot the special on location.[2]

In 2014, Roger Langridge adapted the story into a graphic novel; and in 2015, the Jim Henson Company revived the project as Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow, a made-for-TV movie directed by Kirk Thatcher for the Lifetime television network.

See also


  1. Manhattan Research, Inc. book, chapter by Karen Falk and Irwin Chusid.
  2. 2.0 2.1 podcast interview with Lisa Henson, June 9, 2011

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