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Monday, August 09, 2010

Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets DVD Review

Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets DVD Review

Synopsis: Take a peek behind the curtain with HENSON'S PLACE, the original documentary about Jim Henson, the creative visionary that brought us the enchantment of “The Muppet Show,” THE DARK CRYSTAL and more! From honing his skills as a puppeteer in college to creating some of the world’s most beloved characters in the last 30 years, see the imaginative genius like never before. Enjoy interviews with Henson, his wife Jane, long-time puppeteer partner Frank Oz and others, as they share memories of the legendary “Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” and “Fraggle Rock,” with a behind-the-scenes look inside the revolutionary Henson Workshop. Experience Henson’s desires to not only create new worlds, but also to celebrate the child inside all of us!

Review: This DVD release is of a 1985 documentary about Jim Henson and his work to that date.  This was a peak time for Henson and he was riding high.  We're confident that e would still be riding high, were he alive today!  The work that Henson has done on the Muppets, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock alone was ground breaking.  He revolutionized children's entertainment. 

The documentary is only about an hour long, so we don't get too in-depth, but this rare television special is a fantastic item to add to your DVD collection!  It features interviews with big names like Henson and Frank Oz.  The subjects covered are all his work to that date, including some of the films like Dark Crystal.  Its a lot of fun and a great watch.  We highly recommend!

Interest Range: Jim Henson, Documentary