For some reason this past weekend I have spent hours watching YouTube videos devoted to the life of Jim Henson. A full barrage of documentaries. All of which I found informative and inspirational.
Jim Henson and all of his works resound with me. There is an air of magic about the shows, movies and tv specials that sprout childhood memories inside me. I grew up enjoying anything and everything Muppet related.
I’ve shared with my children the beauty of Fraggle Rock, Muppets, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal to name a few. I think they have grown a fondness of everything Henson as well.
Kermit the Frog was an inspirational character through all of his performances. Jim Henson brought him to life and made him feel real. Even though I knew someone had a hand stuck in the back of the puppets, it didn’t make them any less real.
It’s not just the puppeteering that I love, but also the music. The songs are a bit hippy-dippy at times, yet very catchy. Rainbow Connection is one of my all time favorite songs ever.
I’m glad that someone like Jim Henson came around and changed the world. Now to go and watch The Dark Crystal before the new series comes out.