You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra
I imagine that when you think of The Muppets, you think of the movies, the show, or possibly even Sesame Street. While there is humor throughout all of these examples, it’s easy to categorize it all as “kids’ stuff.” However, there’s a deep, rich history to Jim Henson’s Muppets that extends far beyond these classic kids shows. And through them all there is a thread of comedy that is purely adult, sophisticated, and frequently irreverent: which is exactly the kind of thing I want these articles to preserve.
On October 15, 2003 a celebration was held at The Paley Center to pay respects to the life and creativity of Jim Henson. Muppet writer and historian Craig Shemin was present; as was Jane Henson, the widow of the Muppet’s creator and founder of the Henson Foundation; original performer Jerry Nelson; Henson historian Karen Faulk; and member of the puppet design team, Bonnie Erickson. However, the main event comes with Craig Shermin’s presentation of some rare Muppet artifacts from the early days of television.
The Searchers (1956) + cross dissolves