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TV Alert: "In Their Own Words" Jim Henson Special on PBS Tuesday September 15, 2015

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Tonight watch the wonderful biography special honoring Jim Henson "In Their Own Words" on PBS at 8 eastern, 7 central. You can also order "In Their Own Words" Jim Henson on DVD.

    Follow Jim Henson's career as he transcended puppetry to become one of the most creative, prolific, and influential artists of his time. Journey into his first work with the Muppets in the early 1950s during television's Golden Age, up to his sudden and shocking death in 1990.

    Hear from his children, Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, and Heather Henson. And enjoy firsthand memories shared by friends like Frank Oz, Candice Bergen, Willard Scott, director John Landis, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, and Sesame Street cast members Bob McGrath and Carroll Spinney.

    Update September 16: You can now stream the entire special on PBS' website. The show will only be on-line for a limited time.

    If you saw "In Their Own Words", please "like" this post and share your thoughts below.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2015
  2. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Well-Known Member

    Great special!
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It almost felt like watching an abridged version of JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY, though I very much enjoyed it.

    I thought Eisner had died a few years back, but I guess not, so I was a little surprised to see him interviewed.
  4. Cookie Chris

    Cookie Chris Well-Known Member

    Much like D'Snowth wrote, the content of the documentary was very much like Brian Jay Jones's Jim Henson: The Biography. It was very notable where Jones was re-explaining Jim's early childhood, the loss of his brother Paul, and his early works on television for the most part.

    I did have a problem with how the documentary painted The Dark Crystal as a box office failure or disappointment. The film did gross $40 million worldwide against a $15 million investment (outside of marketing costs). I'm sure a few millions were retained by the theaters, but there was indeed enough money for a profit.

    Although it may have had a minor impact on Jim's career, I felt there should have of Jim's return to network television with The Storyteller and The Jim Henson Hour following the release of Labyrinth. Overall, I cannot say I learned anything new about Jim Henson and his career, but it was nice to see Jim's family and longtime collaborators, and even Michael Eisner talk about their personal moments with Jim and his legacy.
    MikaelaMuppet likes this.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I missed the special. Anybody know if this will go online soon?
  6. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    This was wonderful. I liked that they got Fran Brill to be interviewed following her retirement. I also liked getting to see Ryan Dillon in action. We don't really get to see him in making-of things cause, he just got big recently.
    MikaelaMuppet likes this.
  7. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Thunderous applause for this documentary!! Like D'Snowth just pointed out, it felt like an abridged version of JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY (it doesn't help that Brian Jay Jones was among one of the many people interviewed). I also give extra bonus points for Bob talking about the little incident that happened during the Frog Lecture skit!!

    Lastly, I enjoyed that we got a small Behind the Scenes look at Season 46 of SS- too bad Big Bird and Oscar (and Caroll) weren't there; we could have easily gotten all 6 of the core characters together. Oh well.

    Otherwise, as soon as I have the money, I will buy a copy of the DVD!!
  8. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    Well, that was just lovely, wasn't it? What a great tribute. The wealth of behind the scenes moments and footage is really what made it stand out for me. Anytime I can see those wizards doing what they do is a special occasion.
  9. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    I caught it about 15 minutes after it started. It was absolutely WONDERFUL!!!(I don't think I missed anything too important.) It was nice to see a lot of the Muppeteers on there. I got teary eyed when Big Bird was singing "Rainbow Connection. " (anyone else besides me?)
  10. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    Watched it. Loved it.:):jim: I enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes footage and photos. This was a nice look into Jim's life and work. And I agree, it was nice to see The Henson kids, Fran Brill, Dave Goelz, Bob McGrath, Caroll Spinney, etc telling their experiences with Jim.:)
    MikaelaMuppet likes this.
  11. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    It was Being Green, not Rainbow Connection.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It's available online at the PBS site now: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365557703/

    Interestingly, it says that it expires on September 15, 2022. I wonder if that's an error, or if most programs available for streaming expire after so long. Seems like a long amount of time for it to be available for streaming on the site.
    MikaelaMuppet likes this.
  13. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Like we said before this felt like Jim Henson biography by Brian Jay Jones but more of a quicker one come I enjoyed it I didn't like seeing that video of Grover cookie Abby and Elmo, also I have a question what did Jim cancel on the last day he was still around was sesame sketches, recording session, or a muppet workshop.
  14. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    As said before, this felt like a quick version of the new Jim Henson biography, but I still enjoyed it.
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    One thing that surprised me from both this and the Walt Disney documentary PBS had also been show is that you can apparently say G-D on TV now; and this after just recently that you can now apparently say "dick" in the dirty context on TV now too. So, how much longer before you can start dropping F and S-bombs on TV?
  16. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I thought this was a great special. It always amazes me no matter how many Henson bio things I've seen, I still learn new things, and see footage I never saw before. Plus it was great to see something focused just on Jim so close to the premiere of the new TV show and his birthday.
    ploobis and Phillip like this.
  17. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Sadly, I didn't get to see this special.

    I really wanted to see it though.
  18. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    It wasn't on my local station
  19. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Great documentary, but obvously more of the same, I liked the interviews, but they brushed by too quickly on the movies, with GMC barely getting a mention, and MTM getting nothing at all. Also many of the puppeteers were not even mentioned, while Dave Goelz was interviewed he was not mentioned in the documentry, and neither was Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, or Steve Whitmire. Though in the given one hour timeslot there was enough, and it was a pretty good documentry though the book is obviously way more detailed, and full of information.
  20. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. There's way too much bad language on TV anymore, but I won't vent about it here. That's a whole other story.

    As for the special, I enjoyed it for the most part. I worry about Bob McGrath though. He wasn't looking to well there. Anybody else notice this?

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