What do Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Frozzie Bear, Gonzo, Rowlf the Dog, among others, have in common? Apart from belonging to The Muppets, they were all created by Jim Henson.
James Maury Henson, Jim Henson, was born on 24 September 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi, United States. He had several occupations: he was an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, actor, film director and producer, especially on television.
He started developing puppets when he was at high school. It was at University when he created Sam and Friends: a five-minute sketch-comedy puppet show that appeared on television. After his graduation, he produced coffee advertisements and experimental films.
However, it was not enough for him. He had the need for more creative output. As a result, Henson founded Muppets, Inc., in 1958. Later on, the company become The Jim Henson Company, which is celebrating 60 years. Jim Henson also founded the Jim Henson Foundation and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop during the later years of his life.
Although the Muppets, Inc. was created in 1958, he did not become famous until the 1970s when he joined Sesame Street, the children’s educational television program, which he was involved with for over 20 years. In 1976 Henson produced The Muppet Show. And he strengthened his fame, particularly, thanks to the creation of Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog and Ernie.
Nowadays, apart from the Muppets, The Jim Henson Company has several productions like Dinosaur Train; Alexander an the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, together with Disney; Construction Site; Frances; or even Dinosaurs. Now, if you watch The Muppets on TV or watch a Muppets’ film or another production of The Jims Henson Company, think about the incredible career of the boy who was a puppeteer.
By Ariadna Perez Travieso (Student at CET Services)
Chief Reporter of the Canary Express