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American Express commercial with Jim Henson

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by RedPiggy, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh New Member

    It was a cute little commercial. I enjoyed it.
  2. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I just saw this commercial! WOOO-HOOO!

    Floydie was in it :sing:
  3. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    *LOL* I did not even know he ever made one like that so for a moment I thought they had made it with some video editing in dubbing, I was shocked:eek:!
  4. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh New Member

    Me too. But in a pleasant way, of course.
  5. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Oh I love the 2002 one too. Love the new one as well.
  6. ngreen522

    ngreen522 New Member

    Whoa, I completely missed this thread and had no idea about this. So, my friend calls me and says, "Jim Henson and the Muppets are in a new American Express commercial" and after I finished squealing, I corrected her by insisting she meant to say "Jim Henson's Muppets" ... cuz clearly Jim's been gone for some 18 years now. So she argued me down, insisting that she knows who Jim Henson is, and he was in this commercial talking about his projects, and she doesn't know how they did it, ..but they did.

    So, anyway, I stand corrected, and quite frankly, I'm relieved this didn't turn out to be a "Tupac" situation. :eek:
  7. peyjenk

    peyjenk New Member

    The same ad campaign uses a nice shot of Jim and the Muppets from that commercial in their print ads. You know, the two-page spread ads in magazines? I've seen it in Time and People these last couple of weeks.

    The shot of Jim is just one of several celebrity pictures, but it is very prominent in the design of the ad.
  8. ngreen522

    ngreen522 New Member

    Yeah, I feel the same about the commercial-- how they started and finished it with him. It's almost like they are deliberately pushing the Muppets towards public interest. Wouldn't that be lovely. :)
  9. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I think they were using body doubles for him as he was wearing clothing that was current styles.
  10. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    Well, that least his memory is being treated better than Orville Redenbacher's in ads..those are a like bit spooky IMHO :o
  11. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    they are pretty creepy :scary:
  12. Dearth

    Dearth Active Member

    I just found the old American Express commercial with Jim Henson yesterday on YouTube, and watched it several times.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skor2mwvAAw
    This one is more complete at the beginning, with Floyd's full quick closeup.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23Pma0SK_y8
    While this one is overall a higher quality.

    Some observations...

    There's a photo of the Season One Miss Piggy to camera-right of the window.

    The proto-Strangepork puppet has a 'live hand' to put on his hat.

    And I think Scooter and Green Frackle were being performed simultaneously by one puppeteer. Concentrate on them and you can see that they often move in parallel.

    Alex
    panmanthe2nd likes this.


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