Tag: Jim Henson
Inside the Magic - Show 201
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World Exhibit and Interviews, Vintage Mickey Mouse Vinyl Recording, Spaceship Earth from the Past, and Much More.
February 8, 2009 – Show Length: 01:34:53
On the Forum: Notes, Links, Music Listing, Discussion
We visit the Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit in Orlando, including a conversation with Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather Henson, the exhibit’s curator, Karen Falk, and others. Skipper Ben is here sharing a fun old vinyl Mickey Mouse recording. I also fulfill a special listener request with audio from Epcot’s past.
Okay, so technically this isn’t AT a theme park, but I spent all day yesterday (Thursday) working on the video and post below so I couldn’t resist using it as my Thursday Theme Park post for the week. If you’re a fan of MuppetVision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (or anything Jim Henson-related in general), you will not want to miss…
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World
From February 6 -- May 3, 2009, visitors to the Orange County Regional History Center are in for a treat as the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit called Jim Henson’s Fantastic World showcases original Muppets, sketches, and other creations in a salute the creative legend Jim Henson.
As part of a sneak preview, curator and historian for The Jim Henson Company Karen Falk guided us through the exhibit, discussing Henson’s legacy along the way. Accompanying us were Jim Henson’s daughter Heather Henson (an Orlando local) as well as Jim’s wife Jane Henson, both of whom were able to provide a first-hand perspective on why the Muppets, Sesame Street, and other Jim Henson creations have stayed popular for so many decades.
The two Hensons are seen here posing with one of the exhibit’s many exciting actual Muppet displays: Mahna Mahna and the Snowths.
As a fan of the Muppets for as long as I can remember being alive, I was shocked at how much new information about them and their creator, Jim Henson, I learned while walking through the exhibit.
While I don’t want or plan to ruin all of the excitement of seeing it all in person for yourself, I do invite you to watch this 14-minute video from our guided tour of the exhibit. It includes many facts about Jim Henson’s life, artwork, and history that you may not get from walking through on your own. It’s our way of bringing you on the sneak preview tour with us.