'Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy' on Tour

A recent late night viewing of Big Bird In China (1983) left (fellow YESORNODC writers) MNJONES, KYLETM, and myself asleep before the end of the opening credits, wide awake, and out of it by the Great Wall respectively. The question on all of our minds was this: Would Jim Henson’s scraggly, imperfect muppets find an audience in today’s world of Pixar, CGI, and High Def? Could today’s child really relate to the essentially homeless characters living on the street in trash cans and alleyways?

A well-timed traveling film festival may help us answer these questions and more. Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy kicks off this July at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The program will travel to film repertory houses, museums, and film festivals in the U.S. through November. Check the schedule here. The festival features “a rare collection of movies, TV shows, archival footage, experimental work, and more.”

A lot of Henson’s early work, including his commercials will be available through Muppets, Music and Magic. Sneak a peek at Henson’s groundbreaking (and more than a little disturbing) commercials for Washington, D.C.-based company Wilkins Coffee in the early 1960s.

Personally, I am most excited for rare shorts from the Henson archives, allegedly unavailable anywhere else, and the possibility of a Q&A session with a “puppet historian.”

Q: How does one become a puppet historian? And are you a dying breed?

Muppets, Music and Magic is a co-production of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Jim Henson Legacy.

Rachel writes for YESORNODC.COM

Posted by Rachel Scheer on July 03rd 2008 | Home Page | 0 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

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