Today is Jim Henson’s birthday… he would’ve been 76. The man redefined generations of kids’ entertainment and changed the world. There won’t be another Jim Henson for 100 generations.
Nelson’s credits on Muppets were generally supporting characters like Camilla the Chicken, Sgt. Floyd Pepper of Electric Mayhem or Lew Zealand. In Fraggle Rock he played the lead Fraggle, Gobo, and in Sesame Street he was Sherlock Hemlock, Count Von Count, and Mr. Snuffleupagus. This short list of more well known characters does little to illustrate the involvement he had with Jim Henson since the very beginning of the Muppets, and his more stand out characters took advantage of his singing voice. He was last heard as an announcer in 2011’s The Muppets.
Probably due to the success of The Muppets movie, The Jim Henson Company has teamed up with the BBC to bring Henson puppets back to television with ‘No Strings Attached’, in what sounds like a kind of game show with Muppets and weekly guest celebrities.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of news about that Fraggle Rock movie, but don’t worry… it’s still on. And two writers have been hired for the project, so hopefully that’s a good sign that we’ll see some new Fraggles in the next year or two at the soonest.
I know, I know, this is a fairly difficult daily discussion, since almost all the Muppets are awesome in their own way, but if you only had to pick one or two or three of your favorite ones, who would they be? Kermit? Pepe the prawn? Animal? Dr. Teeth?
Weekend discussion: Today would have been Jim Henson’s 75th birthday. What are your favorite Jim Henson moments?
Today would have been the 75th birthday of Jim Henson, perhaps one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century. For his entire life, it seemed that everything he did, every story he told and every puppet he made was absolutely magical.