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Time Piece (1965)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy | 1965 (USA)
A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.


Jim Henson


Jim Henson
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Jim Henson ... Man
Enid Cafritz Enid Cafritz ... Wife
Dennis Paget Dennis Paget
Jim Hutchison Jim Hutchison ... Male Dancer
Barbara Richman Barbara Richman
Diana Birkenfield Diana Birkenfield
April March April March ... Stripper
Dave Bailey Dave Bailey ... Drummer
Sandy Patterson Sandy Patterson
Jerry Juhl Jerry Juhl ... Bartender
Frank Oz ... Messenger boy (as Frank Oznowicz)


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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Short | Comedy | Fantasy


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1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кусочек времени See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

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Did You Know?


One of Jim Henson's daughters portrayed the toddler seen running around during the stripper montage. See more »


[first lines]
[last lines]
Man: [only line of dialogue in the film] Help!
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Alternate Versions

Allthough originally shot in color, most versions circulated are in Black and White. Just as The Cube (1969). See more »


Featured in The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990) See more »

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Time Piece is a definite far-out early Jim Henson masterpiece
24 March 2008 | by tavmSee 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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