The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: On May 30, 2019, Netflix premiered its trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, set to be released for streaming on August 30. The highly-anticipated prequel series to Jim Henson's original fantasy film uses an all puppet cast and features the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill and others.
The Word on the Street: Sesame Street is celebrating its historic 50th anniversary with special events throughout the year, including a nation-wide road trip this summer, and a new prime-time special to air on both PBS and HBO in November. Season 50 will feature the last performances by longtime Muppeteer Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar), who retired from the show last October. Meanwhile, Sesame Workshop recently launched their initiative on foster care, introducing a new character, Karli.
Muppet Babies Play Date: A new Disney Junior short-form series Muppet Babies Play Date, which features Baby Kermit and the gang as puppets, debuted online on May 17, with new installments premiering weekly through August. The series was conceived by executive producer Tom Warburton to deliberately fill the gap between the first and upcoming second season of Muppet Babies, Disney Junior's reboot of the Saturday morning cartoon that ran from 1984 to 1991.
Sesame Street Movie News: Following several years of development, a new theatrically-released (as-yet-untitled) Sesame Street movie is in production at Warner Bros. Slated to be directed by Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel, and starring Anne Hathaway alongside the Sesame Street Muppets, the film is scheduled to be released in cinemas on January 15, 2021.
Potential Muppets Reboot: The Hollywood Reporter cites industry sources that Disney plans a "reboot" of the Muppets for their streaming video service scheduled to launch in 2019.
Jim Henson began working with puppets as a college student, creating the show Sam and Friends in 1955 for a local Washington, D.C. television station. The energetic Muppets soon became a popular fixture, and led to appearances on national variety shows. Henson's commercials for a local coffee company, Wilkins Coffee, were so popular that he was hired to create similar commercials around the country. In the early 1960s, Henson moved to New York City to work on a variety of projects, including a regular guest spot on The Jimmy Dean Show for the first Muppet star, Rowlf the Dog.
In 1969, Henson was invited to participate in a ground-breaking educational show for television, Sesame Street. Initially, the Muppets were meant to be just one element among many on the show -- but the popularity of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie and Bert soon made the Muppets the core of the show. Over the years, the Muppet cast has grown to include Mr. Snuffleupagus, Count von Count, Telly Monster, Rosita, Baby Bear, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, and of course, the international superstar Elmo, who starred in his own segment, Elmo's World.
In 1976, Henson created his signature project -- The Muppet Show, a weekly prime-time variety show filled with songs, sketches and talented guest stars. Kermit the Frog is the charming and mostly unflappable host, presiding over a motley crew of performers, including diva Miss Piggy, hopeful comedian Fozzie Bear, daredevil performance artist Gonzo, young eager gofer Scooter, and the house band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. The Muppet Show was a huge international success, making unlikely stars out of the Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, Sam the Eagle, and the two old cranks in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf.
The Muppet Show cast has continued to entertain audiences for over 30 years, spinning off into a popular series of movies, including The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island.
In the 1980s, Henson created new worlds -- the magical underground civilization of Fraggle Rock, the imagination-filled nursery of Muppet Babies, and the fantasy worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Henson's work has continued to live on beyond his death in 1990, and new productions featuring his creations are always in progress.
This wiki is dedicated to documenting, exploring and enjoying the enormous body of work that Jim Henson has created and inspired.
- 22: Sunny Day: A Celebration of Sesame Street (book)
- 25-26: A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration: 50 Years & Counting
- 05: The Art and Making of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (book)
- 12: Aughra's Words of Wisdom (book)