Jim Henson, The Works: The Art, the Magic, the Imagination

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The ultimate gift for Muppet lovers everywhere, this extraordinary tribute celebrates 40 years of Henson's creative genius--from his best-known inventions to his lesser known but equally fascinating notions for everything from designs for futuristic nightclubs and homes to experimental films. 500 color illus.

The ultimate gift for Muppet lovers everywhere, this extraordinary tribute celebrates 40 years of Henson's creative genius--from his best-known inventions to ...

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Overview

The ultimate gift for Muppet lovers everywhere, this extraordinary tribute celebrates 40 years of Henson's creative genius--from his best-known inventions to his lesser known but equally fascinating notions for everything from designs for futuristic nightclubs and homes to experimental films. 500 color illus.

The ultimate gift for Muppet lovers everywhere, this extraordinary tribute celebrates 40 years of Henson's creative genius--from his best-known inventions to his lesser known but equally fascinating notions for everything from designs for futuristic nightclubs and homes to experimental films. 500 color illus.

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Gordon Flagg
At the time of his death in 1990, Jim Henson had created some of the world's most beloved characters, invigorated the demode art of puppeteering, and achieved in TV and films critical and commercial success unheard of since the heyday of Walt Disney. This oversize, colorful volume, sure to delight Henson's many fans, traces his career from local TV in the mid-1950s through the triumphs of "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show", his leap into movies ("The Muppet Movie", "The Dark Crystal", etc.), and late projects like "Fraggle Rock". The book also covers Henson's little-known forays into experimental film and the contributions of his Creature Shop puppetmakers to non-Henson movies. The authorized nature of this project gave Finch access to fascinating archival materials, such as behind-the-scenes photos. Unfortunately, it also results in an annoying lack of critical detachment and a one-dimensional portrait of Henson. Even so, Finch convincingly portrays Henson's visionary dedication to the craft of puppetry. The continuing popularity of Kermit, Big Bird, and Henson's other creations ensures that this showcase of them will be in demand for many years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679412038
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 251
  • Sales rank: 372,725
  • Product dimensions: 10.15 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Everything about everything of the Muppets & every Jim Henson creation!

    I am a complete Muppet lover!!!I have been since I was a little girl.Over the years I have always looked for books, etc. about them and their awesome creator, Jim Henson. Out of everything that I have come across I would have to say that The Works is the best and covers the most about anything you could possibly think of. It is an absolutely wonderful and entertaining book for any one of any age!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2001

    It's time to play the music...

    If you've ever wondered what Jim Henson was thinking when he put two ping-pong ball halves on a greenish sock puppet, then this book is for you. This book takes you on a historical (and often hysterical) trip from Jim's beginnings doing commercials to his last project before his death in 1991 (which was MuppetVision in 4D at Disny/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida) I am a huge Muppets fan and when I heard that Jim Henson died, I was shattered. Then I discovered this book (which, unfortunately, I no longer have), and I literally absorbed the book in one 8 hour sitting. It's a fascinating look into the world of Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Steve Whitmire, Kevin Clash and all the people that have been involved in most of the projects that Jim Henson (and Jim Henson's Creature Shop) worked on. Colorful, funny, informative and even a bit sad, this book let me ride the wave of emotions that Jim was able to convey to the people. Everything is here. From Sesame Street to the Muppet Movie, from the music through the mayhem, it is THE definitive book on the Muppets. A MUST buy for any serious Muppet Fan. And even for those who aren't.

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