Jim Henson Used To Make Hilariously Violent Coffee Commercials

Before the Muppets, Jim Henson made a series of funny but disturbing commercials for Wilkins Coffee starring a pair of puppets. When one puppet refused to drink the coffee, the other puppet would shoot him, brand him, drown him, and punish him in all manner of other violent ways. » 12/23/14 9:40am 12/23/14 9:40am

Now Sources Say A Labyrinth Sequel Is NOT In The Works

Yesterday, a one-sentence aside in a Variety article sent rumors flying that The Jim Henson Company is working on a sequel to 1986's Labyrinth. Now, because life is cruel, it's looking like that may not be the case. » 10/11/14 8:17am 10/11/14 8:17am

The Jim Henson Company Is Working On A Labyrinth Sequel!

Tucked away in a Variety article about Billy Crystal joining the Henson Company's production of Which Witch? — which, you know, whatever — comes the much more interesting news that a sequel to 1986's Labyrinth is in the works (along with the previously rumored Dark Crystal 2 and Fraggle Rock movies). » 10/10/14 7:23am 10/10/14 7:23am

Long-Lost Jim Henson Animation Turns Jazz Music Into Something Visual

Jim Henson may be best known for his puppeteering, but he also created a number of experimental animations, including this one, a visual interpretation of one of jazz great Chico Hamilton's pieces. » 8/22/14 9:20am 8/22/14 9:20am

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Brings You the Joy of Monster Making

Jim Henson's Creature Shop, debuting tonight on SyFy, allows ten up-and-coming creature designers to put their ideas and technical skills to the test in weekly monster challenges. We talked to judge Kirk R. Thatcher and contestant Melissa Doss to find out what's in store. » 3/25/14 8:00am 3/25/14 8:00am

Dark Crystal Wedding Cake! Dark Crystal Wedding Cake!

Holy skeksis, this insanely detailed Dark Crystal cake makes me want to throw all other cakes on the ground. Just about every character from the '80s puppet epic is represented in fondant, and the whole thing is balancing on the famous crystal. WONDERFUL! » 3/12/14 8:45am 3/12/14 8:45am

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

Muppets Most Wanted trailer is just so damn charming

Get ready to be smacked about with childlike wonder. It's the new trailer for Muppets Most Wanted — filled with amazing actors like Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burell. Ok you win, Muppets. This looks really, really cute. » 11/20/13 10:52am 11/20/13 10:52am

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

Slutty Sesame Street Halloween costumes prove (again) that nothing is…

Last week, we profiled a range of godawful Halloween regalia that's undeniable proof our society should just cut the theatrics and ramp up those ritualistic human sacrifices Jack Chick's always warning us about. » 10/10/12 1:45pm 10/10/12 1:45pm

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

Watch Jim Henson's early unfinished stop-motion short Alexander the…

In 1965, Jim Henson started a short animated film about a tiny grape who wanted to become a watermelon. Although the film was never finished, the Jim Henson Company Archive rediscovered the footage, and completed it with Henson's original storyboards. » 9/22/12 11:30am 9/22/12 11:30am

Douglas Adams and Jim Henson tried to develop a TV special about the…

What happens when you get the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the creator of the Muppets in the same room? In the 1980s, Jim Henson met author Douglas Adams and together they tried to develop a television special starring the Muppets about the wonders of computers. » 9/16/12 1:00pm 9/16/12 1:00pm

Fraggle Rock's Doozers are getting their own TV show

On the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock, the hardworking Doozers were the foils to the always playful Fraggles. Now the Doozers are headed back to television, where they and their tiny construction hats will be the stars. » 7/08/12 2:00pm 7/08/12 2:00pm

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

Jim Henson's robot movie teaches us an important lesson: robots don't…

This strange, short movie was created by the father of the muppets, Jim Henson. Filmed in 1963 for the Bell System this robot was used to lighten the mood at the big Bell conference. What they got was something completely Henson — and abnormally delightful. » 1/24/12 4:01pm 1/24/12 4:01pm