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Brian Henson: 'We try new, different and unique things'

11 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The That Puppet Game Show co-producer on how his father got the Muppets on screen, and why London feels like home

Above the entrance to The Jim Henson Company lot in Hollywood stands one cultural icon, Kermit the Frog, dressed as another, Chaplin's Little Tramp. Chaplin built this lot in 1917 and sold it in 1953 after Hollywood blacklisted him. Now it's an active working studio, the headquarters of a puppetry empire that bestrides the world like a green-felt colossus, and also a living memorial to the man who might be called the Other Dad to three generations of children raised on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show (I count myself among them). And it's a measure of the centrality to modern American popular culture of Henson's cast of characters, and their abiding universality, that Kermit's donning of Chaplin's outfit seems not sacrilegious, but entirely natural and right.

When I meet Brian Henson, »

- John Patterson

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Brian Henson: 'We try new, different and unique things'

11 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The That Puppet Game Show co-producer on how his father got the Muppets on screen, and why London feels like home

Above the entrance to The Jim Henson Company lot in Hollywood stands one cultural icon, Kermit the Frog, dressed as another, Chaplin's Little Tramp. Chaplin built this lot in 1917 and sold it in 1953 after Hollywood blacklisted him. Now it's an active working studio, the headquarters of a puppetry empire that bestrides the world like a green-felt colossus, and also a living memorial to the man who might be called the Other Dad to three generations of children raised on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show (I count myself among them). And it's a measure of the centrality to modern American popular culture of Henson's cast of characters, and their abiding universality, that Kermit's donning of Chaplin's outfit seems not sacrilegious, but entirely natural and right.

When I meet Brian Henson, »

- John Patterson

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