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The Henson Timeline: The 1990's

1990 Production begins on Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D and two life-character shows for the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

1990 "The Muppets at Walt Disney World" airs on NBC on May 6

1990 Jim Henson dies May 16

1990 "The Witches" premieres in the United States on August 24

1990 The Greek Myths episodes of "The Storyteller" air in the UK

1990 "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies," season #7, airs on CBS

1990 "The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson" airs on CBS on November 21

1990 "Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories" air on The Disney Channel

1990 Henson Associates, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company agree to end merger negotiations in December

1991 Brian Henson named president of Jim Henson Productions, Inc. in January

1991 Bill Barretta joins Jim Henson Productions

1991 "Dinosaurs," season #1, begins on ABC on April 26

1991 "Jim Henson's Muppet-Vision 3-D" opens at Disney/MGM Studios theme park at Walt Disney World on May 16

1991 "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies," season #8 and their 100th episode, airs on CBS

1991 Jim Henson is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1991 Jim Henson Productions and Buena Vista Home Video sign worldwide distribution deal

1992 Richard Hunt dies January 7

1992 "Dinosaurs," season #2, airs on ABC

1992 "Jim Henson's Dog City," season #1, airs on Fox

1992 "Jim Henson's World of Television" exhibit at the Museum of Television and Radio, New York begin in June and continue through October 4

1992 "The Muppet Christmas Carol" is filmed in London from June 11-August 14; Starring the classic Muppets and Michael Caine, the feature marks the directorial film debut of Brian Henson

1992 Jim Henson Productions and The Disney Channel announce distribution agreement for "Fraggle Rock" and other Henson properties on July 13

1992 Jim Henson Productions and Nickelodeon announce distribution agreement for "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies" and other Muppet classic specials on August 11

1992 "Puppetry at the Public: the first New York International Festival of Puppet Theater," a presentation of The Jim Henson Foundation, is held at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City

1992 Jim Henson Productions announces the formation of its new record label, Jim Henson Records, licensed to the Bertelsmann Music Group under an agreement for worldwide distribution

1992 "Jim Henson's Dog City" premieres on the Fox Children's Network on September 26

1992 "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies" begins airing on Nickelodeon on September 28

1992 "Sesame Street," in it's 23rd season, celebrates winning more than 50 Emmys for Outstanding Children's Show

1992 "Fraggle Rock" begins airing on The Disney Channel on October 1

1992 "The Muppet Christmas Carol" opens in the U.S. on December 11; The movie soundtrack is released on the newly formed Jim Henson Records label

1992 "Sesame Street Live", the first Sesame Street arena show in the U.K., opens in Manchester, England on December 19

1993 Kermit, Gonzo, and Rizzo appear at President Clinton's inaugural festivities on January 19

1993 The Jim Henson Video line debuts on January 29

1993 "Citykids" special airs on ABC on January 30

1993 "The Muppet Treasure Island" feature film, starring classic Muppet characters, announced

1993 "For Every Child, A Better World" by Kermit the Frog is introduced at a press conference at Gracie Mansion in New York on May 18; Mayor Dinkins proclaims the day, "For Every Child, A Better World Day"

1993 "Dinosaurs," season #3, airs on ABC

1993 "Jim Henson's Secret Life of Toys" taped in Moheim, Germany

1993 "The Muppets at Lincoln Center", a lecture and screening series at the Walter Reade Theater, is held in honor of Jim Henson by The Film Society of Lincoln Center

1993 "Citykids" series premieres on ABC on September 18

1993 "Jim Henson's Dog City," season #2, airs on Fox on September 18

1993 Dinosaur characters for "The Flintstones" feature film built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop

1993 "Sesame Street," for it's 25th season, expands and goes "around the corner"

1993 "Jim Henson -- The Works" by Christopher Finch is published by Random House

1993 "One Frog Can Make A Difference: Kermit's Guide to Life in The '90s" by Kermit the Frog is published by Pocket Books

1993 "The Muppet Christmas Carol" home video is released in the U.S. on November 5

1994 "Muppet Treasure Island" and "Muppet Classic Theater" (a direct-to-video film) begin production

1994 "Jim Henson: The Greenwich Years" exhibit opens at The Hurlbutt Gallery of The Greenwich (CT) Library on March 3

1994 "Jim Henson's Secret Life of Toys" begins airing on The Disney Channel on March 5

1994 Kermit the Frog hosts "Larry King Live"; Guests include Ted Koppel, David Gurgen, Socks the Cat, Hulk Hogan and Carol Alt on April 1

1994 "The Muppet Show" begins airing weeknights at 7:30 PM on Nickelodeon on April 4

1994 "Jim Henson's Secret Life of Toys" begins airing on the BBC on April 7

1994 Big Bird receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 21

1994 The first Graham-Windham/Jim Henson Creative Arts Award is presented by Cheryl Henson on April 28

1994 "Sesame Street's 25th Birthday All-Star Celebration" airs on ABC on May 18

1994 Big Bird appears as a presenter on the Daytime Emmy Awards on May 24

1994 "Dinosaurs" final season begins on ABC on June 1

1994 Revealing Roots puppetry exhibit sponsored by the Henson Foundation opens at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, launching the 1994 International Festival of Puppet Theater on June 7

1994 Animal's "Wipe Out" video hits the Top 40 in Britain, debuting at #39

1994 Jim Henson Productions and Starwave Corporation announce the launch of a new interactive media division, Jim Henson Interactive on July 20

1994 "The Animal Show" Season 1 recorded in England

1994 "The Dark Crystal" is released on Jim Henson Video on July 29

1994"Kermit Unpigged" is released by Jim Henson Records on September 27

1994"Jim Henson's Animal Show with Stinky and Jake" premieres on the Fox Children's Network on October 3

1994 Ten "Muppet Time!" interstitial spots begin airing on Nickelodeon

1994 "Muppet Classic Theater" is released on Jim Henson Video on October 28

1994 Kermit the Frog is the guest speaker at the Oxford Union in England

1994 "The Muppets Make Puppets" book by Cheryl Henson is published by Workman on November 15

1994 "The World of Jim Henson", a "Great Performances" documentary produced by WNET/13, airs on PBS on November 23

1995 Production on "Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" television special begins in Los Angeles

1995 "Muppet Treasure Island" in production at Shepperton Studios, U.K. from April 3-July 3

1995 Interactive Soft Key Muppet Calendar launched; It is the first product from Jim Henson Interactive on April 3

1995 "Gulliver's Travels" mini-series begins production in Portugal and at Shepperton Studios, U.K. on April 17

1995 "Muppets on Wheels" and "Yes I Can" . . . series of home videos from Jim Henson's Preschool Collection released on Jim Henson Video on June 16

1995 "The Animal Show" Season 2 recorded in England

1995 Jim Henson Productions announces the production of a new Muppet series on July 18 (working title: "The New Muppet Show") to be broadcast in prime time on ABC in 1996

1995 Sony Pictures Entertainment and Jim Henson Productions form Jim Henson Pictures on July 20

1995 Jim Henson Pictures officially premieres on-line August 1

1995 Production of 30 "Muppet Time!" interstitial spots for Nickelodeon begins in NY on August 3

1995 Miss Piggy makes an appearance on "Martha Stewart's Home for the Holidays" on CBS

1995 "Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" special airs on CBS

1996 "Muppet Treasure Island" premieres in the U.S. and the U.K.

1996 Hormel filed a lawsuit against Henson for the use of "Spa'am" in Muppet Treasure Island, Henson won

1996 "Gulliver's Travels" airs on NBC

1996 "Muppets Tonight" premieres in the U.S. and Canada

1996 "Aliens in the Family" premieres in the U.S. and Canada

1996 "Big Bag" from CTW premieres on the Cartoon Network June 1

1996 Season 1 of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss begins airing on Nickelodeon in the U.S. on October 13

1996 Kermit's cologne "Amphibia" premieres at Bloomingdale's in the United States

1997 "The Animal Show" Season 3 recorded in England

1997 Jim Henson Pictures first film, "Buddy" premieres in the United States

1997 Henson.com officially premieres September 1

1997 Muppets Tonight moves to The Disney Channel in the U.S. and Canada (in 1998)

1997 Bear in the Big Blue House premieres on the Disney Channel in the U.S.

1997 "No Strings Attached", a book about the Jim Henson Creature Shop, is published

1998 Fan site Muppet Central officially premieres January 28

1998 "Elmopalooza", an all-new Sesame Street television special celebrating the 30th anniversary of the show with music videos, airs in the U.S.

1998 "Merlin", an NBC miniseries with effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, airs

1998 The Jim Henson Company wins two Writers Guild Association awards

1998 Sesame Street is renewed for four more seasons

1998 Season 2 of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss begins airing on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

1998 "Lost In Space", a feature film with effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, opens in the U.S. to great box office sales

1998 Muppets.com officially premieres May 1

1998 The Jim Henson Company announces "The Kermit Channel," an upcoming 24-hour cable network, to be overseen by the new Jim Henson TV Group President, Margaret Loesch

1998 The Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment purchases a percentage of "The Odyssey Channel" for the United States version of the new network

1998 Time Magazine honors Jim Henson as one of the top 20 entertainers of this century

1998 "Elmo In Grouchland", a new Sesame Street feature film, begins shooting in June

1998 The Jim Henson Company signs a deal with Columbia Tri-Star Home Video to release videos under the Jim Henson Home Entertainment banner beginning in September

1998 Long-term Muppet composer Jeff Moss dies on September 24

1998 The Kermit Channel, a new 24-hour cable network with Hallmark Entertainment, begins broadcasting in the Fall in Latin America and Asia

1998 The new Henson series "Brats of the Lost Nebula" debuts October 10

1998 Miss Piggy's perfume "Moi" premieres at Bloomingdale's in the United States

1998 "Muppets From Space", the 6th Muppet movie, begins filming November 9

1998 Sesame Street begins it's 30th season with the premiere of "Elmo's World" on November 16

1998 "Jack Frost" featuring Creature Shop effects debuts in the US on December 11

1999 "Bear in the Big Blue House" is renewed by 26 episodes for its third season, bringing the total episode count to 91

1999 The new CTW & Nickelodeon network "Noggin" debuts on February 1 showing classic episodes of "Sesame Street", "The Electric Company," and "3-2-1 Contact", Henson owns 12.5% of the network

1999 The Hallmark produced mini-series "Alice in Wonderland" airs on February 28, featuring characters from Jim Henson's Creature Shop

1999 The series "Family Rules" debuts on UPN in March 9

1999 The new Henson science-fiction series "Farscape" debuts March 19

1999 The Odyssey Channel re-launches as the United States version of The Kermit Channel on April 4; Henson owns 22.5 percent of the network

1999 The "Bear in the Big Blue House" stage show premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios

1999 US Mint appoints Kermit as official spokesfrog for three years of the new state quarters

1999 "Muppets from Space" premieres on Wednesday, July 14

1999 "Farscape" renewed for Season 2 with 22 more episodes

1999 MuppetWorld.com officially premieres September 1

1999 "Sesame Street" debuts in Russia on September 8

1999 "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" premieres October 1

1999 JHC begins producing "Donna's Day" for Odyssey with appearances by the Swedish Chef

1999 "Mopatop's Shop" and "Construction Site" premiere in the UK

1999 The Big Bird stamp representing the 1970's debuts in the US

1999 "CinderElmo" airs on Fox on December 6

1999 The Franklin Mint releases a limited edition porcelain "Millennium Miss Piggy" doll celebrating the beginning of the 21st century

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