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The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990)

While The Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself / Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Waldorf / Ernie / Guy Smiley / Link Hogthrob / Jim Henson Muppet / Mahna Mahna / Convincing John / Bugsy Them / Cantus / Muppet Newsman / Sam (voice) (archive footage)
Himself / Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Bert / Grover / Cookie Monster (voice)
The Great Gonzo / Zoot the Sax Player / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Beauregarde / Boober Fraggle (voice)
Ma Bear / Robin the Frog / Camila / Lew Zealand / Floyd / Crazy Harry / Lewis Kazagger / Penguin / The Count / Herry Monster / Frazzle (voice)
Scooter / Statler / Sweetums / Janice / Beaker (voice)
Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat / Bean Bunny / Wembley Fraggle / Whoopie Cushions (voice)
Clifford / Elmo / Hoots the Owl (voice)
Joy Buzzer Cushions / Mokey Fraggle (voice)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Pam Arciero ...
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Jim Henson's classic Muppets put on a tribute to their creator, but also ponder the question: Who was he? To help them figure that out are some of Jim's human friends, as well as some rare clips from the Henson legacy. Written by The Muppet Avenger

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21 November 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This special both honored Jim Henson and marked the first appearance of any of his characters after his death. Steve Whitmire took over the role of Kermit the Frog and has performed him ever since. See more »


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Written by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady
Performed by the cast
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"Take what you've got and fly with it."
3 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I think it's safe to say that this is perhaps the last great Muppet work of art that exists. In this television special the Muppets pay tribute to the Muppet Man and my life-long mentor and inspiration, Jim Henson. For anyone who remembers the old Muppets and for anyone who considers themselves a true Muppet fan, you can't miss this. Look for it to buy on E-bay.

Jim Henson died in May of 1990, this aired in November of the same year. It must have truly been the hardest thing for his friends to do and I think that's what makes it work. The emotion is real.

Some people thik it's good that there are people who can continue to produce Muppet Films, but if you've seen these new films you've no doubt felt the loss of a great presence. The Muppets have never been the same since. And never will. So enjoy them, for the last time, as they were in this special. I know I do.

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