I was going to wait to post these until I resumed my normal schedule, but they’re just too wonderful to keep from you for so long…
Yesterday my Tumblr feeds were awash with clips from Jim Henson’s memorial service, and I gotta say: Even with 18 years of adjusting to life in a Jim Henson-less world, these clips brought tears to my eyes my last night. Even more amazing was that they brought tears to my eyes as I was describing them to my wife this morning. It’s arguable that Henson’s work influenced my childhood more than any other creator (Yah, that includes George Lucas), and even now those childhood joys still capable of eliciting the same response in my decidedly grayer self tend to be Muppet related.
So with that in mind take a slice of your day to remember Jim Henson, a man who left an indelible mark upon so many of our lives.
Big Bird (as voiced/puppeteer’d by Caroll Spinney) singing ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’:
Watch it, or hit the jump for tributes from Richard Hunt, Frank Oz, and the rest of the great Muppet cast and crew.
I’ll warn you.. get a hanky ready.
If you’re wondering, those singers are David Goelz (Gonzo), Frank Oz (You really don’t need me to point out that he did Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Bert, and many, many more), Kevin Clash (Elmo), Steve Whitmire (Wembly Fraggle) Jerry Nelson (Count Von Count, Gobo Fraggle), and Richard Hunt.