Happy birthday, Jim Henson!
Seventy-one years ago today, James Maury Henson was born in Greenville, Mississippi. Over his fifty-three years, Jim Henson left a legacy that touched almost every child in two generations through his creations, from Kermit to Yoda to the Fraggles to Bear and the Big Blue House.
The sheer amount of output from Henson is staggering, winning multiple Emmys, BAFTA awards, a Peabody Award or two, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for both him and Kermit the Frog. Heck, if you’re like most people, all you have to do is think of his voice saying "Mahna Mahna" and you’ll instantly respond "Doo Doooo, Di Doo Doo". (And now that tune is going to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Sorry. But at least you’ll be smiling.)
He was even nominated for an Academy Award for something that had nothing to do with puppetry, a short film that he wrote, directed, and starred in called Time Piece, released four years before Sesame Street hit the airwaves.
We invite you to take a look at it here, odds are you’ve never seen this side of Jim Henson before.