Puppets on Film

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Cheryl Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter; puppeteer Basil Twist; and Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash talk about “Puppets on Film.” Presented by BAMcinématek and the Jim Henson Foundation, “Puppets on Film” is the most comprehensive survey of live puppetry in cinema ever compiled for both children and adults. It includes the Muppet movies, documentaries, 1980s cult classics, fantasy films, and shorts by contemporary artists. In anticipation of the November 23 release of The Muppets, a selection of films produced, directed, or godfathered by Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Courtesy of BAMcinématek/Photofest
Muppet Treasure Island (1996), directed by Brian Henson
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The Muppet Movie (1979), directed by James Frawley
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The Dark Crystal (1982), directed by Jim Henson & Frank Oz
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The Dark Crystal (1982), directed by Jim Henson & Frank Oz
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Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), directed by Joe Dante
Courtesy of BAMcinématek/Photofest
Team America: World Police (2004), directed by Trey Parker
Courtesy of BAMcinématek/First Run Features
Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy (2009), directed by Roman Paska


Kevin Clash, Cheryl Henson and Basil Twist
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Comments [3]

Elizabeth J. from Manhattan

What about Bil Baird? Anyone from his family still in the (marionette/puppet) business? Influences on any of the guests? (Sorry if you covered; I missed the beginning of the segment.)

My dad used puppets (marionettes) to teach camouflage in WWII. And after, w/his English teacher sister, put on productions incldg Waiting for Godot.

Nov. 09 2011 12:44 PM
marc parrilli

Didn't Jim Henson do some puppetry way back when for TV commercials for Jomar Instant Coffee?

Nov. 09 2011 12:39 PM
Suzi from Millwood, NY

I heard a story years ago, that a "friend of a friend" knew someone who worked for CTW and claimed that, when Tickle-Me Elmo first came out, someone at CTW made a special Elmo who, when tickled, giggled and said, "That tickles! **** you!" Urban legend or reality?

Nov. 09 2011 12:30 PM

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