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The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990)

While The Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.

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Don Mischer
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... Self / Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Waldorf / Ernie / Guy Smiley / Link Hogthrob / Jim Henson Muppet / Mahna Mahna / Convincing John / Bugsy Them / Cantus / Muppet Newsman / Sam / Harry the Hipster / Wilkins / Wontkins (voice) (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Self
Carol Burnett ... Self
Ray Charles ... Self
John Denver ... Self
Steven Spielberg ... Self
Frank Oz ... Self / Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Bert / Grover / Cookie Monster / Snowths (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Beauregard / Boober Fraggle / Uncle Travelling Matt / Milton the Toad (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Robin the Frog / Lew Zealand / Floyd Pepper / Gobo Fraggle / Camilla the Chicken (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Janice / Statler / Sweetums (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat / Bean Bunny / Wembley Fraggle / Whoopie Cushions (voice)
Kevin Clash ... Clifford (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ... Joy Buzzer Cushions / Mokey Fraggle (voice)
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird (voice)
Pam Arciero ... Muppet Performer
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Storyline

Jim Henson's classic Muppets put on a tribute to their creator, but also ponder the question: Who was he? To help them figure that out are some of Jim's human friends, as well as some rare clips from the Henson legacy. Written by The Muppet Avenger

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Trivia

The Muppets sing "Just One Person" in honor of their creator. "Just One Person" was a song that had been performed in many Muppet productions. The lyrics talk about how if only one person is there for you and believes in you, pretty soon other people will start to do the same. And before you know it, you'll believe in yourself, too. See more »

Alternate Versions

Steve Whitmire re-recorded his lines as Kermit at some point after the initial airing of this special because he was not satisfied with his initial vocal performance. The re-recorded vocal track was subsequently dubbed-in and used in repeat airings. See more »

Connections

Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Just One Person
(uncredited)
Written by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady
Performed by the cast
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User Reviews

 
A Muppets Farewell to the great Jim Henson
21 October 2008 | by kylis_192See all my reviews

I remember seeing this special when i was 5, the year it aired. I couldn't quite understand what was going on or who Jim Henson was, at that age i still thought Kermit was real living breathing creature! That is the magic Jim Henson could weave with the help of every single member of his production team.

Seeing this again, nearly 20 years later and i still remember every word, every single word said about him.

As the special progresses you can not only hear but you can feel the emotion from every performer, the love they all had for Jim and how much its breaking they're hearts every second while they made the special.

This special tries to sum up Jim Hensons impact on the world in just an hour, and it does it in the best way...a way Jim would have loved. It had comedy, ethical questions, social commentery and about all else, it was a fun look at a life that ended far to soon.

The Muppets and they're puppeteers were never the same, they lost they're creator, leader and above all else...friend. They have tried to continue, with they're last great outing being the Christmas Carol. Everything else sadly fell short of the magic.

Those of us lucky enough to have seen the Muppets at the top of the game will never forget them, and we will always enjoy what they have done.

And as the children's letters all said, we all miss you Jim, the world became an emptier place without you.


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Official Sites:

Henson.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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