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Jim Henson

  1. The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1: Books!

    The original nerd gift.

    It's December 1st... do you know where your holiday shopping list is? No? Well, we're going to be helping you out there all week, starting with the nerdiest gift of all: books. Here are some mighty tomes that have come out this year that we think your loved ones would be lucky to get.

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  2. Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth And Musical Monsters: Archaia Honors Jim Henson’s Legacy

    Dance your Con cares away!

    As a Henson nerd, one of the highlights of New York City Comic Con for me was attending the "Jim Henson Company: Upcoming Comics With Archaia" panel. Unfortunately, it also gave me some pretty unrealistic career goals. How exactly does one become a Henson historian? Just asking for a friend.

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  3. Gerard Parkes, Fraggle Rock‘s Doc, Has Passed Away

    "Dance your cares away / Worry's for another day."

    It's a sad story for Fraggle fans today, as Gerard Parkes - better known as Doc - has passed away.

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  4. Pull It Together: Leaving Megalopolis, The Wicked + The Divine, and… Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman?!

    We've got issues. Lots of issues.

    Welcome to Pull It Together, where the goal is to narrow the massive field of comic book titles to the ones you shouldn’t overlook. It isn’t about what’s on my pull list, it’s about what could be on yours!

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  5. The Baby From Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Is All Grown Up And Directed A Live-Action Puppet Movie

    No, you're crying to a David Bowie song!

    In delightful news, Toby Froud, the man who as an infant played Sarah's half-brother in Jim Henson's 1986 movie Labyrinth, is now a puppeteer and director. Froud, the son of Dark Crystal and Labyrinth designers Brian and Wendy Froud, recently premiered his live-action puppet short Lessons Learned.

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  6. Jennifer Connelly’s Audition Tape for Labyrinth Is Magical

    But where is Jareth's pants bulge?

    Here's an exceedingly lovely Jennifer Connelly auditioning for the role of Sarah in Labyrinth in front of Jim Henson himself.

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  7. Jim Henson’s Doozers Teaches Kids to Solve Problems With Engineering

    Work your cares away.

    Doozers is a new original show from the Jim Henson Company and Hulu. It brings the industrious background characters from Fraggle Rock to the forefront in a computer animated kids show that puts the focus on creativity and engineering.

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  8. Here’s The Opening Number From Muppets Most Wanted

    And you thought nothing heartwarming would happen today.

    Composer Brett McKenzie and the whole Henson family, thank you for helping make the long wait until Muppets Most Wanted comes out on the 21st a little more bearable. "We're Doing A Sequel" has all the self awareness, eye bugging, and old school Hollywood pizzazz we need to make it through one more Muppetless month.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: The Desolation of Swag

    Things We Saw Today

    Spotted by Tumblr user horrorshowmania. I'm pretty sure this would just be Thranduil grooming his eyebrows for three hours. (Tor.com)

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  10. Director’s Cut of The Dark Crystal Released on YouTube, Much Creepier Than Original

    It's like our nightmares just got a director's cut.

    We know that Jim Henson wanted The Dark Crystal to be a lot different than the theatrical release, but to see just how different, fan Christopher Orgeron restored one of Henson's first versions. The edit lacks voice overs, inner monologues, or most of the English spoken by the Skeksis. You can watch the whole thing right now.

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  11. Things We Saw Today: Miss Piggy Wearing the Actual Hope Diamond

    Things We Saw Today

    Today is Jim Henson's birthday, and in honor of that date, nearly two dozen of his puppets will now join the original Kermit the Frog in the Smithsonian's collection. So yes. This is Miss Piggy wearing the actual Hope Diamond. Piggy herself will go on permanent display, presumably along with Kermit, and presumably with the diamond back at the National History Museum. (Smithsonian)

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  12. The Jim Henson Company Wants You to Write a New Dark Crystal Novel

    The Dark Crystal scared the hell out of me when I was a kid, but that's not going to stop me from submitting to this.

    Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is one of the most terrifying and yet fondly remembered films from the '80s. It created an entire world from Henson's imagination, but that world has gone largely untouched for more than twenty years. The Jim Henson Company wants to change that. The JHC wants to start creating novels set in the Dark Crystal world, and you can compete to write one.

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  13. Muppets Matriarch Jane Nebel Henson Has Passed Away

    it's time to play the music

    It's a sad day for Muppet fans (that's all of you, right? At least casually? Tell me it's all of you): Jane Nebel Henson, former wife of the late Jim Henson, passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. Jane was much, much more than Jim's wife, though. She was his creative partner, collaborating with him from the very beginning of his career. Writes Tough Pigs, "While Jim was quietly revolutionizing TV puppetry and advertising [with Sam and Friends and his famous Wilkins Coffee ads], Jane was right there beside him. She was history’s second-ever Muppeteer." Excuse me, I just have something in my eye...

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  14. Let The Jim Henson Creature Shop Teach You How To Make Puppets [VIDEO]

    Ask a Muppet

    The talented Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan have their own show on The Nerdist channel where they usually teach cosplay tips or other DIY projects. This time around they had the opportunity to learn how to make puppets from Julie Zobel of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. No fair!! But really, it's pretty awesome and I'm super jealous and they're hilarious. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  15. Jim Henson & Frank Oz Had A Nice Chat In 1989. Kermit & Cookie Monster Were Also There. [VIDEO]

    Ask a Muppet

    Just hearing the names Jim Henson and Frank Oz together in the same sentence makes me giddy so you can imagine my excitement upon finding this video. The appearance was made at the Puppeteers of America national festival at MIT in Boston in 1989 and an introduction tagged on by Oz a few years after Henson's death. In their informal conversation they cover everything from Sesame Street to The Dark Crystal to Little Shop of Horrors. It's a long video but certainly worth the watch if you're a fan of either of these talented men. (via Forces of Geek) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  16. This Guy Made David Bowie Look More Awesome Than Normal In Labyrinth [VIDEO]

    I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

    Before watching this video, bear in mind it could take David Bowie down a level of coolness for you. Who are we kidding, Bowie is on the Mount Everest of cool already, this shouldn't make too much difference. It's a behind-the-scenes look at one particular aspect of his role as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth - his crystal balls. Listen as Jim Henson and Bowie discuss the real man behind the magic, a juggler named Michael Moschen. (via io9)

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  17. Happy Seventy Sixth Birthday, Jim Henson

    it's time to play the music

    Don't worry. This isn't going to be one of those posts where we show you the most heartwrenching muppets videos we can find. That's for the anniversary of Jim Henson's untimely death at the age of fifty-three. Today, lets just watch him explain how to make puppets, showcasing the magic moment when some bits of wood and cloth become real living things. And then follow us behind the jump Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody. Because you know you need no excuse to watch that video.

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  18. Ben Folds Five Goes To Fraggle Rock, Makes Us Really Happy

    We don't usually go in for music videos here unless there is something really amazing that we strongly feel you need to see. Ben Folds Five doing what amounts to a very brief, musical episode of Jim Henson's classic Fraggle Rock for their latest video is precisely both of those things. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Oh, and make sure you stay all the way to the end. Just sayin'.

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  19. Things We Saw Today: Hillary Clinton’s Impeccable Eyewear

    Things We Saw Today

    Check out Hillary Clinton's sweet cat eye sunglasses she wore while swearing in Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Hammer. (via New York Magazine.)

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  20. Fraggle Rock Ramping up for Another Try at a Movie

    Cautiously Optimistic

    If I am remembering my obscure entertainment stories correctly, one day Jim Henson sat down with his fellow writers and muppeteers and said something like "I want to make a show that brings about world peace," and after the rest of the room had stopped laughing and realized he wasn't joking, they created Fraggle Rock. In its five seasons it, more than any other Henson production to date, focused exclusively on exploring social issues like prejudice, care of the environment, spirituality, identity, conflict and tolerance. It was also a huge hit, airing internationally in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany. A Fraggle Rock movie has been in various states of preproduction since 2005. In 2008, the Weinstein Company entered into a deal to distribute it, which expired last year even as it was announced that the Scissor Sisters were down to write the show's music... without much else to show that a movie really was being made. But! New developments indicate that the adaptation might not be as dead as all that.

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