As a huge fan of Sesame Street and the Muppets, it was truly marvelous to see Henson's work, from the posters he did for the theatre department whilst he was at the University of Maryland, to the commercials and corresponding storyboards he created prior to the development of the Muppets that he is most famous for.
We were thrilled to see life-sized puppets, including of course of Bert and Ernie, Kermit and my favourite - Miss Piggy in wedding dress from the Muppets Take Manhattan. I couldn't help but sing along to the Fraggle Rock opening theme whilst walking through the very fun and happy exhibit. I was particularly amused when I found out Oscar from Sesame Street was initially purple and then orange, before Henson decided that he preferred the famous grouch in green!
Screenings of Henson's movies complement the exhibit and we managed to catch a lesser-known Dark Crystal. There are screenings taking place every weekend and I am tempted to return to the museum on 18 September, when Jane Henson (a puppeteer herself!) will be in attendance.
The exhibition will be on view until Jan 2012. I foresee McQueen at the Met -like numbers when the new Muppets movie is released later this year:
And just because I can, I leave you with this:
As no photos are allowed within the Jim Henson exhibit, all images in this post (apart from the gift shop picture and OOTD) are courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image