Over the weekend, Muppet fans around the world honored the 86th birthday of innovative and inspiring puppeteer, director, and producer Jim Henson.
Even the official social media account for “The Muppets” paid tribute to the creator.
The video shared by the account featured Rowlf, one of the original Muppets built and performed by Henson many years before The Muppet Show revolutionized puppets on TV and film forever, who invited everyone to join in a rendition of Happy Birthday in celebration of the beloved puppet master. The video was captioned, “Today we celebrate our friend Jim Henson, who was born September 24, 1936. Sing along with Rowlf and join all of us Muppets as we wish Jim a very happy birthday!”
Born September 24, 1936, Jim spent his early years in Leland, MS and then later moved to Maryland. There, he experimented with a variety of artistic techniques that led him to the newest visual media, television. In 1954, while still in high school, Jim began his television career performing puppets on a local Washington, DC Saturday morning program. The following year, as a freshman at the University of Maryland, he was given his own twice-daily, five-minute show, Sam and Friends, on the local NBC affiliate where, along with fellow student and future wife, Jane Nebel, he introduced many Muppet mainstays – music, irreverent humor, innovative technical tricks, and the world’s most famous frog, Kermit.
Jim’s last project was MuppetVision 3*D, a short multi-media film and interactive attraction, which he directed, and which currently runs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
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