Halloween 2020 is going to be more subdued than originally expected. Our son is going to his friend’s place for the evening and our middle is having a couple friends over to watch some horror films. Being that they are teenagers now, last year was pushing it for Trick-or-treating anyhow.
This year I am not planning on some elaborate Halloween costume. Last year was fun- Halloween 2019. I made a proton pack with my son for his costume. And I destroyed it with my Skesis costume. I’m not going to fall back on my favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rick Sanchez or my Hudsucker Proxy costumes. I was pretty good in those ones- even acting the part as required.
No, this year I’m going as the actor behind the roles of horror long ago.
I’m wanting to do a tribute to the Late Great Vincent Price. And a bit of a throwback to my favorite image of him from The Muppet Show back in the late 70’s. I’ve picked up a jacket, just need to get an ascot!
For those of you who will see me over the next couple of weeks- forgive the mustache. And if anyone has a Kermit the Frog to lend me- I’d be indebted.
At age 85, the world lost a great puppeteer-Caroll Spinney. A friend of mine shared an amazing photo on social media today. Caroll Spinney is performing Oscar the Grouch and still wearing Big Bird’s legs:
Everything about this image makes me happy and sad at the same time. It brings back memories of my childhood sitting in front of the television. As well as the magic behind those moments. This special person was able to bring to life two very different and iconic characters. They may have been puppets, but there’s a sense of life behind them, as well as a connection drawn between the audience and the actor.
As children, we could relate to these cartoony characters- our wonder and amazement were portrayed through Big Bird; our frustration and anger through Oscar the Grouch. How to cope and deal with life were shared through the Muppets, and Carroll made it feel like family.
Just like most families, we grow apart from those we care about and think they will always be there. Until one day they aren’t. All that’s left are memories.
But Carroll Spinney left behind a legacy. Years of puppetry immortalized in film and television. And for that, we thank you Carroll Spinney.
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.