A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Enid Cafritz ...
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Dennis Paget
Jim Hutchison ...
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Barbara Richman
Diana Birkenfield
April March ...
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Dave Bailey ...
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Sandy Patterson
Jerry Juhl ...
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Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson! Screened for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art in May of 1965, Time Piece enjoyed an eighteen-month run at one Manhattan movie theater and was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding short subject. Written by Anonymous

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The shot of a (deliberately cheesy-looking) model rocket exploding on the launch pad was recycled in 1966 in a pitch reel Henson Associates did in a (successful) bid to sell commercial concept to La Choy Chinese food. See more »

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Man: [only line of dialogue in the film] Help!
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Time Piece is a definite far-out early Jim Henson masterpiece
24 March 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just saw this early experimental short by the creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson, on YouTube as linked by Amid on Cartoon Brew. It's basically an abstract animated slide show of Henson walking to work, having dinner with his wife, jumping on a pogo (with other people on that at various moments), etc. All done to a constant drumbeat with occasional cries of "Help!" from Henson. There's some adult humor here so I don't recommended this to children. Some of the cuts and montage that I remember from the Muppets' later TV show "Seseme Street" probably came from here. Anyone who thinks of Jim Henson as mainly a children's puppeteer would probably really be blown away with Time Piece. If you liked this, there's a short Henson did with sound man Raymond Scott called Ripples, also on YouTube. Highly recommended!


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