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Jim Henson: His Sesame Street Story

Unclassified All Ages

23 Sep - 4 Oct

This film looks at the contributions of Jim Henson and his early Sesame Street collaborators like Frank Oz, Fran Brill (Prairie Dawn) and Caroll Spinney (Big Bird) and explores the characters that became integral in making the Muppets such a beloved part of Sesame Street.

Filled with rare clips spanning the breadth of Sesame Street as well as fascinating interviews, this program will keep you smiling.

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  • The stories behind ‘Mahna Mahna’, ‘My Martian Cutie (Number 9)’, the King of 8 and a cavalcade of classic moments are shown in their entirety and backed up by great interviews with Henson as he explains the ideas behind what are essentially short films in their own right.

    Of great interest is the way Henson drew on his experience working on television commercials. Complex ideas are compressed and explained in the simplest way possible for audiences. Along the way, we see the early incarnations of many of the characters that became some of Sesame Street’s most loved.

    Some stand-out moments in this program include the special focus on the Cookie Monster (especially his rendition of  ‘Me Lost Me Cookie in the Boogie Music’) and Frank Oz with one of our personal favourite characters, Grover.

    Photography courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy, The Jim Henson Company, Disney, and Sesame Workshop.

    This series is produced by The Jim Henson Legacy. Tour Executive Producer Irena Kovarova. Film and program notes courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy. ™ & © 2015 The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON's mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All rights reserved.

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