Brian Jay Jones

Jim Henson: The Biography
(Part One of Two)

Original air date: October 18, 2013

hensonJim Henson is incomparable and original, a great American creative, writes Brian Jay Jones in his new biography called Jim Henson.

Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, the Muppet band: they are iconic characters that need no explanation to anyone – from toddler to senior citizen.

Jim Henson realized very early on that he could entertain younger audiences while still playing to an adult sense of humor. He edged his humor up, made it a little dangerous, provocative and sometimes just plain deep and it worked appealing to all viewers young and old.

But Henson was much more than a nice-guy Muppeteer. He was a screenwriter, singer, songwriter, filmmaker and ad-man and he held the undying loyalty of everyone who worked for him. Henson also had the business savvy to earn him the title of “the new Walt Disney.”

Brian Jay Jones’ book is the first comprehensive biography of Jim Henson. Today’s show is part one of two. It starts with deconstructing the genius of Jim Henson, the gentle dreamer.

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