Two upcoming film festivals offer an array of exciting entertainment:
Unlike clowns, there are very few people who dislike muppets. Jim Henson made us fall in love with them – with his lively, goofy, frequently singing creations – on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth and more.
And beginning Saturday (July 22nd), the Jim Henson Exhibition opens in New York, paying homage to the man and his fuzzy, adorable puppets.
Coming to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria,
“The Jim Henson Exhibition features a broad range of artifacts from throughout Jim Henson’s remarkable television and film career.
Among the nearly 300 objects on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes. Film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage are presented on more than 27 monitors and projections throughout.
In addition to the permanent gallery, the Museum will explore Henson’s career and legacy through education programs, live appearances, family workshops, and film screenings.”
Opening programs include screenings of his popular films (like the Muppet Movies. Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) with some hosted by special guests or with pivotal production people in attendance (like Craig Shemin, President of The Jim Henson Legacy, costume designer Calista Hendrickson and production designer Stephen Hendrickson).
There’s also a workshop where kids can create their own puppets.
And, as part of the series “Jim Henson’s World”, the museum will host ongoing monthly screenings and live events.
Enjoy the nostalgic magic!