Jim Henson Company

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The Jim Henson Co. are the masters of puppetry, and it’s where the best in the business bring pieces of plastic and fabric to life and bring joy to children and adults alike. Between The Muppets and Sesame Street, generations have been touched by the work of these master puppet makers, and now  they’re opening their doors to find the next great puppeteer.It shouldn’t surprise anyone, that after the success of their SyFy show ” Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” they’ve decided to return  to television with a show that introduces creators and their lovable creations to a world-wide audience. Find out more after the jump.

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The world lost one of its finest creators when Terry Pratchett died in March 2015. His final book, which had been completed before his death, was published five months later. Though he left enough notes for at least ten more novels in his famous Discworld series, there are no plans for anyone to take over where he left off and continue producing them. His estate – including all these notes – has been passed down to his daughter, Rhianna Pratchett, who is in herself an accomplished writer, though she has declared that she has no intention of taking up such a precious mantle. (more…)

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If you didn’t know already, there’s a new Jim Henson Company The Muppets Show coming to ABC. It’s a more adult look at the personal lives of the Muppets in an Office like mockumentary style. In fact, even more people are going to be finding out about this new series thanks the efforts of One Million Moms and their petition to stop the show from being aired. (more…)

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Late last week Variety posted some details about Billy Crystal‘s new project Which Witch with a tiny blurb towards the end that said the Jim Henson Company was also working on a Labyrinth sequel. The Internet blew up as the Internet tends to do with these type of stories. Hell, we were pretty damn excited to see that news too. Over the weekend Entertainment Weekly reached out tho their sources and got a different story. (more…)

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Just when you thought it was safe to let your baby brother take a nap, news has come out that the Goblin King will be back on the big screen! That’s right, Labyrinth is getting a sequel from the only people in the world that could do it justice, the Jim Henson Company. Variety buried this golden sequel nugget at the bottom of an announcement concerning Billy Crystal‘s involvement in another Henson project, Which Witch. (more…)

‘Farscape’ Spin-Off Flick is in the Works

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Cult favorite science fiction series Farscape, created by Rockne S. O’Bannon, was one of the best original creations of the old Sci-Fi Channel, and a brainchild of the famed Jim Henson Company. Running from 1999 to 2003, the series was supposed to get five seasons, but ended up getting cancelled after only four and ending on a cliffhanger. Co-producer Brian Henson secured the rights to the series, and made the miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars to tie up the show’s loose ends….

But that doesn’t mean Farscape fans aren’t still hungry for more:  (more…)

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That’s them. While this is still a Jim Henson Company show–just like the Fraggle Rock I grew up with and adored–THESE Doozers are CGI, not Muppets. Plus online video streaming service Hulu, who will be featuring the new series, seems to have the preschool audience in mind pretty exclusively. See the trailer and hear more from the Ghost Of Children’s Programming Past after the jump.

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Brent Lang from The Wrap is reporting that Chick-fil-A has lost The Muppets, or more specifically The Jim Henson Company. In a brief statement released via their Facebook page, The Henson Company said the following:

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.  Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”

At a time when opening ones mouth can be considered “bad for business” Lisa Henson and the Jim Henson Company have joined others like Ed Helms (who just recently stood against the poultry-centric fast food chain) to say cluck you and use their bully pulpit to strike back at Chick-fil-A and their President, Dan Cathy, who gave the following quote to The Baptist Press.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that … we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,”

Mr. Cathy is right — on one thing at least — he is free to share his values and operate his privately owned business however he sees fit, even if he favors exclusionary and hateful things. Chick-fil-A is not the first company to exercise that right. In the summer of 2010 Minnesota based retailers Best Buy and Target each took full advantage of the Citizens United decision and their new status as pseudo-humans and donated $150,000 and $100,000 respectively to Minnesota Forward, a political action committee with a dubious record on LGBT matters.

Then, as now, those in support of equality and LGBT rights protested vociferously, as is there right. Will the Henson Company and Helms’ decision to stand against Chick-fil-A make a difference? Hard to tell, but if they do crack and do see the light, I guess we’ll know that their dear and fluffy lord isn’t as important to them as their bank balance is.

By the way, the reason we’re telling you about this now is because Muppets are in play and I always side with a Muppet. Also those who support legislative gay bashing don’t get to sell me chicken — and I am a lot fatter than Ed Helms, so really, they should take my protest a lot more seriously.

If you’d like to comment positively on Lisa Henson’s decision, go to the Henson Company’s Facebook page, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a few less people telling them how their souls are going to burn in hell. If you disagree with the Henson Company or the tone of this article and want to tell me how my soul is going to burn in hell, shove a chicken biscuit up your ass.

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I’m goona report a little here, and you’re goona have to decide. Apparently Chick-fil-A recalled the Henson Company toys at the heart of their now defunct corporate relationship. This happened on the 19th of July, on the 20th the Henson Company issued their public statement. When they actually told Chick-fil-A about their decision is not yet publicly known. So, was this a response by Chick-fil-A and an effort to portray the Henson Company toys as hazardous? Was the statement pulling out of the Chick deal a bit of damage control by Henson, or is this just a coincidence?

Below you’ll see a picture of the recall notice from a Chick-fil-A location, here is the text.

“We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal Toys due to a possible safety issue. Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets.”

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According to HuffPo:

Chick-Fil-A spokeswoman Tiffany Greenway told HuffPost Gay Voices that the company had decided to recall the Muppets toys nationwide, as of July 19, “for the protection of our customers.” She said it was a decision completely separate from the Jim Henson Company’s Facebook announcement.

Sources: The WrapThe Baptist Press, Metro Weekly, Websters Dictionary, CNNHuffPo

 

 

It looks like all that hard work Jason Segel did for The Muppets movie is paying off once again, this time in the form of a continental partnership of science fiction and puppetry.

Sadly, this isn’t the long awaited Muppet’s “Pigs in Space” feature film we’ve all waited for, but it does mean Kermit and company are coming back to television — sort of.

Pairing with the United Kingdom’s highly popular BBC network, the one that does the show about that time traveling doctor (perhaps you’ve heard of it?), the Jim Henson Co. will be creating content in the form of No Strings Attached. The show will reportedly be based on the original Muppets Show, where various celebs will show up each week taking part in a series of sketches and games. The catch? Well, these will be different Muppets — no Kermit, no Gonzo, not even a measly Pepe the Prawn.

Here’s a release from the BBC on their partnership:

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One and Karl Warner, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning, have commissioned BBC In-house Entertainment to make a pilot for BBC One. The project is a co-production with The Jim Henson Company.

In No Strings Attached (working title), a brand new cast of puppet characters will invite two celebrity guests to enter their world. The guests will go head to head in a series of unique games run by the cast of characters and take part in a variety of sketches, in what will be a warm, cheeky, family affair fuelled by a healthy dose of off-the-wall, madcap fun.

Danny Cohen said: “It’s wonderful to be working with The Jim Henson Company and a writing team led by Danny Baker.”

Derek McLean, Creative Director, BBC In-House Entertainment, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be providing both desk-space and an original idea to such a powerful array of showbiz talent, in what promises to be the longest credit roller in history.”

The creative team behind the show includes Brian Henson as lead puppeteer and Danny Baker as lead writer. The puppets have been created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in Los Angeles.

Executive producers are Derek McLean and Andrew Westwell for BBC Entertainment, Brian and Lisa Henson for The Jim Henson Company and Martin Baker and Peter Coogan for Baker Coogan Productions, long time Henson collaborators.

Filming will take place overseas with the new cast of puppets created out of Henson studios in LA, with Jim’s son and current chairman of the Jim Henson Company Brian Henson serving as executive producer of the show. Journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter Danny Baker will be covering all the written material and comedy.

Hopefully this new show will translate well for those of us on this side of pond, otherwise the comedic aspect will be lost on us trying to figure out where No Strings Attached is funny. Oh yeah, did we mention that the celebrities will obviously be British? This gives us hope for the day we’ll all be expecting: The Doctor, any Doctor, in a Muppet’s sketch! Based on that thought alone we should be happy with what we are getting.

Source: /Film