One of the five most influential people on how I think, write, perceive the world and the lens through which I see it is Jim Henson. I grew up on a steady diet of felt puppet madness from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street through all the original movies, the TV specials, even the more mature experiments like The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and The Storyteller. Henson was a visionary, a genius, an educator and a rare adult: the sort that never loses his childlike heart. His untimely death in 1989 is something that still devastates me and I don’t think I can think of a single “celebrity” of whom I can say that of. I’m literally tearing up writing this.
That’s not Henson’s style though, so I won’t stay there for long; neither would he. He’d rather focus on his creations: Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Miss Piggy and the literally hundreds of companions for them that have sprung up over the years both before and after his death. For a long time it looked like The Muppets were going to be forgotten. In fact, that’s something about the self-titled 2011 film that made me just honestly weep was how sadly true it was to see Kermit sitting all alone in an empty house. Bless Jason Segal for getting back and for writing “Man or Muppet” which has a shockingly high place on my ipod’s top 100 list.
The reviews are looking good for Muppets Most Wanted (77% on RT at the time of publication) this weekend and I’ll certainly be there with my wife. I mention this last part specifically because last time she dressed as the Swedish Chef and I want her to know that I don’t plan on sneaking out of the house without whatever she has planned this time.
It’s time to play the music.
It’s time to light the lights.
It’s time to reveal my top 5 Muppet movies.
On Killing Time tonight! (I’m disproportionately proud of this)