Today would have been Jim Henson’s 82th birthday. The master of imagination, born this day in 1936, was lost to us in May of 1990 from a swiftly fatal bout of pneumonia. The creator of the Muppets, James Maury Henson was an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, songwriter, musician, film director and producer, and founder of a studio which thrives to this day. He was responsible for generations of joy and laughter, and continues to inspire artists, writers and performers – and probably will for generations to come.
We have found this sweet tribute to the late magic maker, created by James Pollit. In his own words:
As a tribute I made a stop-motion ‘Jim Henson’ from wine-corks, wood and paper. I was inspired by my friend and puppet maker Jamie Marks (jmpuppets.com) who is The Muppets biggest fan, so I asked him to make a ‘mini Kermit’ and add the vocals. The excellent Danny Ryan (dannyryansound.com) arranged and performed some music based on the Muppets most famous song. The bench and the pose are based on a memorial statue at the University of Maryland. The shirt he is wearing is a copy of one Jim wore in one of his earliest publicity shots. We miss you Jim, but you still inspire us to ‘keep believing and keep pretending’.
You may no longer be with us to fan that creative fire, Jim, but don’t worry. We’ll all keep the flame alive together.