The Jim Henson Exhibit at MoPop Brought Back All The Memories

If you lived as a pre-internet kid, this is for you!

February 27, 2018

by Gregr


I'm sad to see the exhibit go, but it was worth the trip down memory lane at MoPop this weekend to see the Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

The whole tour kicks off with the most iconic character of Henson's entire life, Kermit the Frog (above, obviously), and after snaking around. It's striking to see a piece from the Henson family collection welcoming everyone into the magical world of puppets and the mind of the dude who brought them to life.

We spent the first several areas looking into the lead up to Henson's iconic career. He spent some time trying to get television commercials made including fun storyboards and sketches for ideas. Ultimately, it would be the stuff that clicked with kids that fueled his larger career.

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Henson and his wonderful company are responsible for so much magic in the childhood of anyone growing up pre-internet all via a few main roads: Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock. It doesn't stop there, obviously, his pal Frank Oz gave us Yoda and there were the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth films, but at every turn walking through the exhibit, my childhood was reactivated. I fell into a state of wonder and passive satisfaction mainly by characters from Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie, Grover (civilian Grover, not Super Grover), and even the circus of Slimey the Worm (my heart melts):

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See my full gallery of all these foamy friends below.

What I never knew about Henson's style of performance was that they built sets above the puppeteers. I always assumed that the humans just uncomfortably crouched below the puppets.

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Bonus points for beards! This means that Bert and Ernie's room was built 6-feet in the air giving room for all the bodies and arms and hippy smells and stuff!

A fun person moment, a flashback, occurred when we came to Bunsen and Beaker. When I was just 15 years old interning at a radio station that my parents had to pick me up from, a guy called Hardy took one look at me and weird/wild teenager hair and said something like "listen here, Beaker"... Hardy would be the first person to put me on the Alternative station in my town. 

I could have taken a million more photos but my family would have turned to dust...

Jim Henson Exhibit: Imagination Unlimited

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