Friday, August 19, 2011

Jim Henson To Be Made A 'Disney Legend'

Today marks the beginning of Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA.  One of the first days events is the Disney Legends ceremony.  The highlight, in my eyes, is Jim Henson becoming a Disney Legend.  As all of our faithful readers are well aware, I am huge Muppets fan.  It's great to see Henson honored for the contributions he has made to the Walt Disney Company.

Take the jump to read about just some of reasons he's being honored.

We know about the upcoming movie, the ABC television specials and the great Muppet Vision 3-D attraction (which, by the way, was one of the last things Jim ever voiced Kermit for).  What many of us didn't know was how many more things Henson was looking to do with them.  At the time Disney was already working to acquire the Jim Henson Studios prior to his death in 1990.

Jim Hill Media had the chance to speak with Jim's daughter, Lisa Henson, and she listed some of the things her dad developed while he was working with Disney.

  • completed principal photography on "Kermit the Frog presents MuppetVision 3D"
  • shot the "Muppets at Walt Disney World" episode of the Disney Sunday Night Movie
  • approved the script & recorded dialogue for the "Here Come the Muppets" stage show
  • supervised production of  the pilot for "The Little Mermaid's Island," a proposed Disney Channel series
  • consulted on the design of Muppet walk-around character costumes for the Parks
During this same period, Jim was also working with the Imagineers on Muppet Studios, a new "land" that was supposed to be added to Disney-MGM Studios theme park in the earlier 1990s. Which was to have been home to
  • The Muppet Movie Ride, an AA-filled comic riff on The Great Movie Ride
  • The Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor, a Muppet-themed restaurant

How much fun would it have been to go to The Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor?!

Having the Jim Henson Studios as part of Disney just makes sense.  Not that Disney only bought it to continue it's march to global domination before we transition to a world wide currency that is only Disney Dollars.  Well, besides that.  It's just that somewhere in our lives the way the Muppets make us feel, is the same experience we have with Disney characters we love.  Kermit and the gang just feel like they've been around as long as Mickey Mouse.  

Jim Henson becoming a Disney Legend today just makes sense.  Lisa told Jim Hill, "You and I both know that my dad is already a legend.  Disney is just making it official."  

I couldn't agree more.

To read more of the interview with Lisa Henson, take the jump to

What say you?

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Source: Jim Hill Media

1 comment:

  1. I say AMEN! Love Jim Henson. Love the Muppets. LOVE THIS!