Syfy's new 2014 TV line up has some good news... and some bad news

The good news: Syfy is finally releasing Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge. This channel is rapidly becoming the Food Channel of props and special effects, and that's a great thing when you get Henson's company involved. The bad news: Syfy's new show titled Carvers, which is about carving things. » 2/14/14 1:40pm 2/14/14 1:40pm

This fan-edit of The Dark Crystal is creepier than you can imagine

The Dark Crystal has always been Jim Henson's creepiest movie, but when it was finally released it was considerably toned down from his and Frank Oz's original vision. YouTube user scoodidabop has spent years re-editing the film, using Henson's original notes and various deleted scenes to create a far, far creepier… » 12/06/13 6:21am 12/06/13 6:21am

This pre-Internet chatroom conversation between Jim Henson, Ayn Rand,…

Before the Internet, there was ARPANET — an experimental computer network brought to life in the 1960s by the U.S. Department of Defense. The design goals of the DOD's sui generis packet-switching plexus were manifold, and its role in laying the groundwork for what would become the Internet cannot be overstated;… » 12/12/12 2:30pm 12/12/12 2:30pm

The Secret Origins of The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal is one of the most beloved movies of all time, thanks to Brian Froud's designs and Jim Henson's magical creations. And now, a brand new graphic novel series called The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths tells the secrets of the Dark Crystal's origin for the first time, with art direction by Froud himself. » 11/20/12 11:21am 11/20/12 11:21am

In Jim Henson's early Sesame Street sketches, Big Bird was a giant…

The venerable puppets of Sesame Street have gone through many iterations throughout the years — don't forget that Mr. Snuffleupagus was pretty unsettling in his first appearance. And before characters like Big Bird and Cookie Monster made it to the screen, they were but mere scribbles in Jim Henson's notebook. » 10/08/12 8:05am 10/08/12 8:05am

Jim Henson improvising on the set of The Muppet Movie was pure magic

As much as we love The Muppet Movie, some of the film's best material didn't even make the final cut. Behold some 1979 screen tests conducted by director Jim Frawley, which starred Kermit The Frog (Jim Henson) and Fozzie Bear (the legendary Frank Oz) waxing existential about their lives at puppets. Not only do the… » 6/26/12 8:50pm 6/26/12 8:50pm

Watch Jim Henson's awesomely insane pitch to get The Muppet Show on the…

Prior to The Muppet Show, Jim Henson had the reputation as one heck of a pitchman. So when it came time to sell CBS on the variety program in the 1970s, Henson and his team assembled a grandiose reel promising executives a lucrative demographic of "intellectual eggheads" and "dirty, cynical hippies." » 4/06/12 1:05pm 4/06/12 1:05pm

When the monster from Labyrinth met a very confused Princess Di

Royalty is expected to hobnob among the commoners, but Princess Diana certainly didn't see this encounter coming when she woke up on December 1, 1986. At the Labyrinth Royal Premiere, Henson and the friendly monster Ludo ended up chatting with Di and Prince Charles about anti-Fraggle poaching charities or the… » 3/12/12 6:20am 3/12/12 6:20am

The unmatched trippiness of Jim Henson's puppetry before the The Muppet…

It took several decades before the Muppets became the jovial mop-puppet hybrids we know and love today. Before they hung out with Alice Cooper and hosted wrestling competitions, the Muppets lived in a sometimes unsettling world full of hungry dismembered heads, Cookie Monster selling IBM computers, and Kermit… » 11/20/11 4:15pm 11/20/11 4:15pm

What are the absolutely essential episodes of Farscape?

The Jim Henson Company's early 2000s serial space opera Farscape ran with multiple subplots, and some were more satisfying than others. As a viewer, the key to getting the most out of Farscape is to focus on the conflict between human hero John Crichton and his nemesis Scorpius over the development of galactic… » 11/13/11 12:00pm 11/13/11 12:00pm

Man stumbles into dark room, discovers the ####ing Dark Crystal

We anticipate lot of things from dark rooms — cobwebs, lack of light, assorted pieces of matter we wish to acquire — but what we don't expect is a goddamn Skeksis from The Dark Crystal lurking silently. Last Halloween, YouTuber Augsburgdie1530 built a snazzy Skeksis costume and mostly used it for the powers of evil.… » 10/18/11 6:25pm 10/18/11 6:25pm