Muppets, Music, & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy

11.07.09

Back by Popular Demand!

The response to the Gene Siskel Film Center’s presentation last fall of the series Muppets™, Music, & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy was so overwhelming that we are reprising a major portion of the retrospective from November 7 through December 2. The legendary Jim Henson (1936-1990), creator of the Muppets and other extraordinary characters, had an inimitable approach to film and the art of puppetry that attracted fans of every age. Scores of grown-ups continue to hold a warm place in their hearts for the loveable Muppets.

Treasures from the Henson archives are at the heart of this series organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and we’ve added some new programs. We open the series on Saturday, November 7, with the one-time-only show of Muppets History 201: More Rarities from the Henson Vault, a sequel to last year’s wildly popular Muppets History 101. This program will be hosted by Craig Shemin, vice president and trustee of the Jim Henson Legacy and the go-to man for all the historic and fascinating facts concerning Henson’s imaginative body of work. Shemin is an award-winning writer, producer, and editor. He has served as writer for a host of Muppet characters, and he even helped that best-selling author Miss Piggy with her 1996 cookbook.

Other archival programs include Muppets Music Moments, Commercials & Experiments, and EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS & Shorts. We celebrate the 30th anniversary of THE MUPPET MOVIE with screenings on November 22 and 25. Other Henson features playing on selected dates include THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN, LABYRINTH, THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER, and THE DARK CRYSTAL.

Children under 16 admitted to any Henson film for $5 when accompanied by adult.
Sunday double-bill discount!
Buy a ticket for the 2:00 Jim Henson film on any Sunday in November and get a ticket for the second Henson film that day at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): General Admission $7; Students $5; Children (under 16) and Members $4.

– via Gene Siskel Film Center

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