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Jim Henson improvising on the set of the Muppets

I can not over-state the importance Jim Henson and the Creature Workshop have had in my life. The day Henson died, when I was 6, was actually my brother’s birthday, and I was so upset I refused to eat any cake or lollies. Which was quite the bold statement of devastation for a 6 year old (hell, there’s little in the world I’d let get between me and cake or lollies now).

Having read numerous biographies numerous times, they all paint a picture of Henson being a gentle, generous man, a hippie with an infinite imagination and a child-like wonder. But also an adult despair of the injustices of the world. All of this is an entirely unnecessary preamble to the magic of a clip like this: Jim Henson improvising on the set of 1979’s the Muppet Movie. The word delightful doesn’t do it justice.

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