This past weekend marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Jim Henson
, and there really aren't any words to describe the effect that his art has had on the lives of people
all across the world. Sesame Street
, the longest running children's show in history, is still teaching the ABCs; the Muppets are enjoying a resurgence on YouTube, a medium they were practically born for; and even Fraggle Rock
is out on DVD and has its own comic series. Disney, after a six-year indecisive lull, is finally making good on the Muppets as a brand.
A new Muppet movie, ambitiously titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever
, is in the works, and I have high hopes for Jason Segel's writing. There are many ways I could give tribute to Mr. Henson, but I'm pretty sure that the video montages, nostalgic reminiscing, and philosophic treatises are already out there for the Googling. So I am going to talk about the Muppet movies. The good ones, and the not so good ones, and what differentiates them. Here's hoping the next one is among the former!