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An introduction to the life of jim henson

But that's not quite true. That's really what people want to hear especially if those people are librarians and teachers. But if I had to really, really pick one person who influenced my life, whose work influenced my personality and my writing, I think it would be Jim Henson. I was lucky enough to grow up with parents especially my mom who loved Henson's work.

Not just The Muppet Show, which we watched faithfully. Not just Sesame Street, where the Muppet segments were clearly the best. Terrifying and wonderful, I daydreamed of being a Gelfling.

  1. Not just The Muppet Show, which we watched faithfully. Learn More in these related Britannica articles.
  2. Learn More in these related Britannica articles. I've passed this love of Jim Henson and the Muppets on to my kids, and I'm lucky enough to be married to someone who loves them, too.
  3. He is responsible for not only some of my favorite movies and TV shows of all time, but is also behind pretty much all the best characters and skits from Sesame Street.
  4. All of them turned out to be intelligent, gracious, and gifted adults, which speaks volumes about Jim and his wife Jane, and the kind of people they were.
  5. He coined the term Muppets as a meld of marionettes and puppets. Dialogue from that movie is still in my family's lexicon.

Dialogue from that movie is still in my family's lexicon. My mom took us to see the strange and disturbing Dreamchild because it had creatures by the Creature Shop.

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I've passed this love of Jim Henson and the Muppets on to my kids, and I'm lucky enough to be married to someone who loves them, too. So you can see that a biography of Jim Henson would be something that I would both be fascinated and repelled by.

  1. I was lucky enough to grow up with parents especially my mom who loved Henson's work... Not just Sesame Street, where the Muppet segments were clearly the best.
  2. The voice of the Muppet was the voice of the person or primary person operating it. Brian was sixteen at the time.
  3. But I started seeing raves for the book, not only because of Jones' writing which is totally engaging , but also because the subject of this biography really was "both a genius and a really nice guy" according to one magazine review.

Looking at my reading history, I've realized that I generally read one major biography a year, and I almost do it like I'm taking medicine.

I read biographies of people who fascinate me, or whose work I admire, but sometimes it's too much. What if he turns out to be a total douchebag, like Steve Jobs, or a tortured person sadly in need of therapy like John Lennon?

Or slightly boring and not really as great as a few of my heroes have turned out to be? But I started seeing raves for the book, not only because of Jones' writing which is totally engagingbut also because the subject of this biography really was "both a genius and a really nice guy" according to one magazine review. So I took the plunge.

Jim Henson: The Biography

I tore through this book, only stopping to tell my husband about some of the more awesome parts. Not only was Jim Henson a genius and a really nice guy who was delightful to read about, but everyone around him was interesting, and everything he did was totally fascinating, even his failures.

He is responsible for not only some of my favorite movies and TV shows of all time, but is also behind pretty much all the best characters and skits from Sesame Street. The King of Eight he did himself, as well as the skit where two real kittens raid a dollhouse. His interactions with other puppeteers, directors, and celebrities were, well, fascinating and illuminating. His philosophies about life, about families, children, and art, were beautiful. His family astounds me as well.

For instance, Brian Henson developed the technique that was used to put a whole gang of Muppets on bicycles for a ride through Central Park in The Muppets Take Manhattan. Brian was sixteen at the time. One of his daughters became the VP of Warner Brothers on her thirtieth birthday. All of them turned out to be intelligent, gracious, and gifted adults, which speaks volumes about Jim and his wife Jane, and the kind of people they were.

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I would have loved to have known Jim Henson in person, but since I can't, the next best thing is this book. I got it from the library, but plan to buy a copy because this is just something I want to have in my house, for me and my husband and my kids. I'm about to go to Amazon and see if I can't send the Kindle copy or perhaps just the cost to my mom.