Thursday, December 4, 2008

My christmas gift this year is wonderful. The Jim Henson Fantastic World Exhibit is at the Atlanta History Museum until Jan 18th. The show was in Washington DC this summer but it arrived after we had moved to Kentucky. I have been fortunate to see the "real muppets" many years ago in Chicago . My gift is a trip to Atlanta to see ...

Jim Henson's Fantastic World is a large traveling exhibit that opened in September 2007. The exhibit will give a firsthand look into the creations, imagination and works of Jim Henson.

The exhibit is being organized by the Jim Henson Legacy and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, with cooperation from the Henson family, The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Holding Company and Sesame Workshop.

The 3,000 square-foot exhibit will visit ten locations across the United States for twelve-week showing periods, running from September 2007 until June 2010.

Exhibit Features

  • Several of Henson's Muppets and Creatures (including characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and other productions)
  • Over 100 framed works of art (include paintings, sketches, cartoons, and storyboards)
  • A large collection of rare photographs
  • Unique production documents
  • Additional artifacts and film props
  • Over 30-minutes of special video presentations
  • An illustrated timeline of Henson's life and career

Muppet Studios is currently in production on an all new television special filled with songs, mayhem and heaps of holiday high spirits. Entitled "Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas", this one-hour television project is set to air this holiday season! Production is well underway and "Letters to Santa" is scheduled to air on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 8:00PM on NBC (check local listings for details).

When the Muppets inadvertently prevent three children's letters from making their way to Santa Claus, Kermit and the gang set off to make things right before Christmas comes. The Muppet are forced to give up their plans of escaping a snow-filled New York City, but needless to say, nothing (not even Miss Piggy's planned trip to the tropics) will stand between the Muppets and a happy Christmas for all.

Directed by Muppet veteran Kirk Thatcher, the special was written by Hugh Fink, Scott Ganz, Andrew Samson and Paul Williams. This musical special will also feature four all-new songs by Paul Williams (songwriter on "Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas", "The Muppet Movie", and "The Muppet Christmas Carol"), and will also include appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Griffiths, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, Mike Bloomberg, and Madison Pettis.

"Letters to Santa" is sure to bring a heartfelt message about the true meaning of the holiday season and will undoubtedly become an instant holiday classic. So mark your calendars and prepare for an all-new holiday extravaganza staring the one and only Muppets!

1 comment:

i beati said...

How wonderful for you to see this . I love everything about the Muppets and what a guy that Jim Henson was - gone way tooo soon!!!What do you hear from Jay?/Does he join you at holidays?