The computer generated Kermit head.

Labyrinth owl

The owl in the opening credits of Labyrinth.

Digital Productions was a computer animation company in Los Angeles, California.

Jim Henson got in touch with Digital Productions in the early 1980s to discuss computer generated backgrounds for the proposed series Starboppers.[1]

Henson collaborated with Digital Productions in 1986 to produce the opening title sequence for Labyrinth, featuring a computer animated owl flying back and forth, rippling a pool of water. The sequence was created by animators Larry Yaeger and Bill Kroyer,[2] and marked the first use of a realistic CGI animal in a film.[3] The opening sequence of Labyrinth won its animators the NCGA Best Computer Animation award of 1986.[4]

Digital Productions was also involved in creating a computer generated Kermit the Frog head, which was incorporated into plans for The Muppet Institute of Technology.[5] While this project did not come to fruition, the Kermit head would appear briefly during a montage in the Jim Henson Hour episode "Secrets of the Muppets".

See also


  1. Jim Henson's Red Book - 5/21/1983 – ‘Meeting with Digital Productions.’
  2. A Brief, Early History of Computer Graphics in Film
  3. Stikky Media Blog
  4. Larry Yaeger Official Website
  5. Michael Frith, quoted in personal communication between G. Harding and Karen Falk. March 9, 2017.
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