Something Better Has Come Along

If you haven't read Brian Jay Jones' biography of Jim Henson, I highly recommend it. My favourite portion of the book is actually the prologue, which describes Jim filming a Kermit segment for Sesame Street. I knew I was in trouble when I couldn't get through the introductory chapter without welling up. The basics of the chapter is, in the eyes of a child, Jim was Jim, and Kermit was Kermit, and when the puppet went on Henson's hand, the frog came to life. The kids ignored the tall, bearded man crouching beneath them, focusing their love and attention on the laughing, singing googly eyed green thing interacting with them. Thus was Henson's lasting contribution to Sesame Street: kids are willing to listen and learn from things that don't look like parents and grown ups, but they believe are just as real.

So, part of me thinks that Jim would appreciate this announcement. Disney will be producing a new series of shorts called Muppet Moments, to air on Disney Junior, featuring the Muppet Show gang, including Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie and rest. These segments are conceptual successors of the original Henson produced portions of the Street, and will feature the Muppets in conversation with preschool aged children on a range of subjects, such as apologies, and manners. The first series of shorts will air on Friday, April 3rd, repeating over the course of the day, and new shorts will continue to be added throughout the year, introducing an entire new generation to both matters of importance, and the Muppets. Yeah, I can't really see a problem with any of that.

Hit the jump to see one of the segments, as well as a behind the scenes look at how one gets put together.

Via Collider.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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