Jim Henson : The Works : The Art, the Magic, the Imagination
Last updated: 17.12.19
Hardcover - 251 pages (October 1993), usually ships within 24 hours.
From Booklist , January 15, 1994
At the time of his death in 1990, Jim Henson had created some of the world's most beloved characters, invigorated the art of puppeteering, and achieved in TV and films critical and commercial success unheard of since the heyday of Walt Disney. This oversize, colourful volume, sure to delight Henson's many fans, traces his career from local TV in the mid-1950s through the triumphs of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, his leap into movies (The Muppet Movie, The Dark Crystal, etc.), and late projects like Fraggle Rock. The book also covers Henson's little-known forays into experimental film and the contributions of his Creature Shop puppet-makers to non-Henson movies. The authorised nature of this project gave Finch access to fascinating archival materials, such as behind-the-scenes photos.
Unfortunately, it also results in an annoying lack of critical detachment and a one-dimensional portrait of Henson. Even so, Finch convincingly portrays Henson's visionary dedication to the craft of puppetry. The continuing popularity of Kermit, Big Bird, and Henson's other creations ensures that this showcase of them will be in demand for many years to come. Gordon Flagg
Copyright(c) 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved
The ultimate gift for Muppet lovers everywhere, this extraordinary tribute celebrates 40 years of Henson's creative genius--from his best-known inventions to his lesser known but equally fascinating notions for everything from designs for futuristic night-clubs and homes to experimental films. 500colour illus.
A tribute to the creativity of the late Jim Henson presents more than five hundred full-colour photographs, drawings, and behind-the-scenes designs of the Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and other works. 75,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.