film festival November 20-21 in New York
of The Jim Henson Foundation
November 20-21, BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM
Rose Cinema and BAM’s Education & Humanities department present
Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy, a weekend festival
of movies, TV shows, workshops, and more.
with The Jim Henson Legacy and Muppet co-founder Jane Henson, BAM pays
tribute to Jim Henson, one of the world’s most inspired and innovative
film and puppetry artists. A visionary TV producer, film director, and
world-class puppeteer who created indelible characters, Henson brought
his unique combination of childlike wonder and adult sophistication to
his groundbreaking work for children and adults.
afternoon screenings feature films for the entire family
focus on experimental work and films for adults
also features Q&A’s with Muppet writers and performers,
puppet-making workshops, and a book signing with Caroll Spinney,
performer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch
per screening for adults and $7 for children thirteen and under
or visit www.bam.org
Music & Magic will explore all facets of this prolific performer’s
output, including rarely seen projects (like the Storyteller series) and
old favorites (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show).
said of Jim Henson “[he] had the most profound influence on children
of any entertainer of his time.” Morning and early afternoon screenings
feature films for the entire family and kids of all ages, while evening
programs focus on Henson’s experimental work, rarities, and films
for adults. The program also includes Q&A’s with Muppets contributors
and puppet-making workshops.
Cinemas “offers one of the most civilized movie-going experiences
in the city,” according to The New York Times. General admission
tickets to BAM Rose Cinemas are $7 per screening for children thirteen
and under; $10 for adults; $6 for BAM Cinema Club members. Tickets are
available at the BAM Rose Cinemas box office, by phone at 718.777.FILM
(order by “name of movie” option using program titles), or
online at www.bam.org.
Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy schedule
& Spoon Puppet Workshop
with Cheryl Henson
November 20 at 10:30am
The Jim Henson Company’s Workshop and the book Muppets Make Puppets
by Cheryl Henson, president of The Jim Henson Foundation and a director
of The Jim Henson Company, this workshop teaches children how to make
simple puppets out of everyday household objects such as socks and spoons.
The workshop will also cover some of the basics of puppet manipulation
and character development. For ages 4-7.
with John E. Kennedy
November 20 at 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Sunday, November 21 at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Kennedy, author of the popular book Puppet Mania! and puppeteer for
Sesame Street, Muppet movies, and many other Henson projects will show
participants some of the secrets of making puppets come alive in a workshop
that provides hands-on experience in puppet-making, creating characters’
personalities, and performance. For ages 8-13.
Music Moments (shorts program)
Introduced by Jerry Juhl, head writer of The Muppet Show
November 20 at 10:00am, ages 4 and up
always an integral part of The Muppet Show, and we have assembled a
collection of some of the classic music numbers interpreted as only
the Muppets can. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres,
including performances by guest stars Harry Belafonte, Elton John, and
Street Presents Follow that Bird (1985)
Q&A and book signing by Caroll Spinney
November 20 at 10:15am, ages 2-6
adoption agency lures Big Bird away to live with a bird family so he
can grow up “with his own kind,” he quickly becomes homesick.
As he returns to Sesame Street, a couple of unscrupulous and bumbling
carnival owners scheme to put him in their sideshow. In the end Big
Bird realizes who his real family is—the wonderfully diverse community
of Sesame Street.
Muppet Family Christmas (shorts program)
Introduced by Jerry Juhl, writer
November 20 at 10:30am, ages 4 and up
Sesame Street regulars, and the Fraggles all get together in this rare
gathering of the extended Muppet family. Even Jim Henson himself shows
up to celebrate. The program includes clips from other Christmas specials,
which include some of the best Muppet moments.
Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Introduced by Jerry Juhl, writer
November 20 at 11:30am, ages 4 and up
reporters Kermit, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo go to London to interview fashion
designer Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), whose jewels have been stolen. When
the jewel thieves strike again and Holiday’s secretary, Miss Piggy,
is accused of the crime, it’s Kermit and friends to the rescue.
Memorable eccentrics like John Cleese and Peter Falk join in the fun,
but the scenes with Miss Piggy on a motorcycle steal the show. “
A combination of A.A. Milne, Busby Berkeley, and a small bit of Blake
Edwards.”— The New York Times
Better World: Living in Harmony (shorts program)
Saturday: Introduced by Kathy Mullen and Michael Frith
Sunday: Introduced by writer Jerry Juhl and Jerry Nelson
November 20 at 12:15pm and Sunday, November 21 at 12:15 pm*, ages 4
of the rarely seen Fraggle Rock TV series that contrasts three communities—the
musical Fraggles, the industrious Doozers, and the giant Gorgs, who
all co-exist in a carefully balanced underground world—with those
mysterious creatures who live above ground, the humans. Despite their
groups are interdependent, demonstrating the ideal of harmony and peace
in the world.
The Song of the Cloud Forest (1989) , ages 4 and up
Sunday: Introduced by Cheryl Henson, designer
evocation of the rainforest with stunning color graphics focuses on
the story of a golden toad that must avoid the “uprights”
(humans) trying to capture him.
Take Manhattan (1984)
Introduced by Martin Baker, producer
November 20 at 1:30pm, ages 4 and up
Muppets’ college show is a big hit, they decide to take it to
Broadway, which brings adventures that could happen only in the Big
Apple. Cameos include Mayor Koch, Gregory Hines, Liza Minelli, and others.
The movie ends with a wedding between Kermit and his porcine love, which
is part of the show within a show—or could it be for real? Muppets
Take Manhattan is “ a genuinely fun confection of old-fashioned
Muppet Movie (1979)
Introduced by original and head Muppet writer Jerry Juhl
November 20 at 4:30pm, ages 6 and up
Kermit the Frog’s humble origins in a swamp, to the entire gang
being hired by studio head Orson Welles, The Muppet Movie is an absolute
delight. As Kermit makes his way to fabled Hollywood, he assembles his
team of like-minded individuals, including Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy,
Gonzo the Great, and others. The movie includes Kermit’s heart-tugging
“Rainbow Connection,” and the film ends on a surprisingly
& Experiments (shorts program)
Introduced by Writer & Historian Craig Shemin, and Archivist Karen
Falk, and a Q&A with co-founder Jane Henson and writer Jerry Juhl
November 20 at 6:50, ages 13 and up
is a collection of experimental shorts, crazy commercials, and other
rarities from the Henson vault. Highlights include: a legendary commercial
and industrial film for Wilson’s Meat that must be seen to believed,
excerpts from Henson’s experimental television programs The Cube
and Youth 68: Everything’s changing...Or maybe it isn’t,
and Time Piece, an 8-minute experimental masterpiece from 1965 that
showcases Henson’s talent for making music out of everyday sounds.
Introduced by producer Martin Baker
November 20 at 9:30pm, ages 8 and up
returns to the land of fantasy, this time creating a modern-day Alice
in Wonderland (with conceptual design by illustrator Brian Froud). Connelly
plays Sarah, a young girl who must travel through the Labyrinth to save
her baby brother from the Goblin King (David Bowie, “perfectly
cast”— The New York Times). Full of Jim Henson’s Creature
Shop’s typically imaginative creature design, the film’s
eye-popping sets, including the M.C. Escher inspired castle, create
a wholly believable world existing just behind the facade of reality.
“The script, by Terry Jones, co-creator of Monty Python’s
Flying Circus, is witty and slightly zany—a good combination to
entertain both children and adults. The result, a fabulous film about
a young girl’s journey into womanhood that uses futuristic technology
to illuminate a mythic-style tale, is in many ways a remarkable achievement.”
— The New York Times.
Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (shorts program)
Introduced by Jerry Nelson, performer of Emmet Otter
November 21 at 10:00am, ages 4-7
the heart-warming story of Ma Otter and her son who both secretly enter
a talent contest to win money for each other’s Christmas presents.
The rowdy Riverbottom Gang and their wild hard rock band The Nightmare
challenge them. In contrast to the typical Muppet style of puppetry,
the loveable river animals are portrayed realistically. The program
also includes a selection of highlights from other Christmas specials.
Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)
Appearance by Kevin Clash, Fran Brill, and Stephanie D’Abruzzo
November 21 at 10:15am, ages 2-6
his fuzzy blanket so much that he gets into a tug-of war over it with
his friend Zoe, losing it in far-off Grouchland. Nothing will deter
Elmo from retrieving his treasured possession, plunging himself into
a series of adventures including a battle of wits with the Queen of
Trash (Vanessa Williams). His Sesame Street buddies come to the rescue
and help him learn a valuable lesson about sharing and friendship.
Fairytales (shorts program)
Introduced by Jerry Nelson, Muppet performer
November 21 at 10:30, ages 2-6
Frog Prince (1971)
when you kiss a frog? No one can better tell that classic fairytale
than Kermit and his friends.
Elves and the Shoemaker (1994)
the elves that come to the aid of the shoemaker are actually Elvises?
If Rapunzel appeared on Sesame Street, what twists on the story would
you expect? See these classic tales through the eyes of the Muppets
in this program of rarely seen shorts.
Treasure Island (1996)
Introduced by Martin Baker, producer
November 21 at 11:30am, ages 6 and up
Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure gets the full Muppet treatment
in this musical version with Kermit’s captain pitted against the
villainous Long John Silver (Tim Curry) and his band of eccentric pirates
in a search for buried treasure. Miss Piggy shows up as the island’s
Art of Puppetry and Storytelling (shorts program)
by writer Craig Shemin and Bonnie Erickson, designer
November 21 at 1:30, ages 6 and up
the scenes to witness the magic of the Muppets in this compilation of
rare footage of the variety of puppetry created by Jim Henson. See a
classic episode of The Muppet Show (1979) directed by Philip Casson.
A special moment in the program, Harry Belafonte sings an African song
with puppets derived from traditional masks. Another kind of puppetry
is used in The Storyteller: The Heartless Giant (1989)Directed by Jim
Henson. In this episode of the remarkable TV series based on classic
folk tales, an evil giant—who has hidden his heart so he will
feel no emotion—tricks young prince Leo into releasing him from
his dungeon. Consumed with guilt, Leo searches for the heart and learns
about friendship and betrayal.
History 101 (shorts program)
Hosted by Writer Craig Shemin and Muppet Show head writer Jerry Juhl
21 at 4:30pm, ages 8 and up
program of rarities examines the origins of the Muppets. Includes early
live TV appearances, unusual commercials, guest spots on the Jimmy Dean
and Dick Cavett Shows, and much more. Plus, this program contains excerpts
from the rarely seen pilot for what would become The Muppet Show, The
Muppets: Sex and Violence featuring a tribute to the Seven Deadly Sins.
Introduced by Lisa Henson and Fran Brill
November 21 at 6:50pm, ages 8 and up
shown on the Jim Henson Hour, Dog City features one of the most fully
realized Muppet universes—an entire 1940s film noir city populated
entirely by dogs (all incredibly detailed and realistic puppets). With
Muppet favorite Rowlf the dog (voiced by Henson) narrating from a piano,
the action and in-jokes come at a furious pace.
Storyteller: The Soldier and Death (1987)
the finest episodes produced for this landmark TV series ( “ ingenious”—
Time ), The Soldier and Death recounts the tale of a soldier returning
home from war being given three magic objects, which he uses to outwit
a pack of demons, leading to his encounter with Death himself. Written
by Oscar-winner Anthony Minghella.
Dark Crystal (1982)
Introduced by Landstrider and Skekis, performer Robbie Barnett & Cheryl
November 21 at 9:30pm, ages 8 and up
Brian Froud’s conceptual design and elements of traditional fairy
tales, Henson and longtime collaborator Frank Oz create a fantastic
world ruled by the hulking dragon-like Skeksis, where an elf-like orphan
must venture forth to defeat them. Using a mix of puppetry, marionettes,
modern special effects, and more, Dark Crystal creates a visual world
rarely equaled in any fantasy film while remaining true to its basis
in universal myth.
Nelson tribute at The Moving Image Museum October 27
Henson's Pajanimals debuts on NBC Kids Saturday July 7
New York Pops play The Muppets at Carnegie Hall April 14
announces "Sid the Science Kid: The Movie" in 3-D
• The Jim Henson Company Puppets to perform at the 2011 Grammys
• "Pioneers of Television" special
to honor Jim Henson
• Classic "Henson's Place" special
arrives on DVD August 3
Oz unveils tribute to the "Henson Pipes" at NBC Studios