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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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Don Mischer
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... 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 / Harry the Hipster / Wilkins / Wontkins (voice) (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Carol Burnett ... Herself
Ray Charles ... Himself
John Denver ... Himself
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Frank Oz ... Himself / Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Bert / Grover / Cookie Monster / Snowths (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Beauregard / Boober Fraggle / Uncle Traveling Matt / Milton the Toad (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Robin the Frog / Lew Zealand / Floyd Pepper / Gobo Fraggle / Camilla the Chicken (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Janice / Statler / Sweetums (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog / Rizzo the Rat / Bean Bunny / Wembley Fraggle / Whoopie Cushions (voice)
Kevin Clash ... Clifford (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ... Joy Buzzer Cushions / Mokey Fraggle (voice)
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird (voice)
Pam Arciero ... Muppet Performer
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Henson.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Muppets sing "Just One Person" in honor of their creator. "Just One Person" was a song that had been performed in many Muppet productions. The lyrics talk about how if only one person is there for you and believes in you, pretty soon other people will start to do the same. And before you know it, you'll believe in yourself, too. See more »

Alternate Versions

Steve Whitmire re-recorded his lines as Kermit at some point after the initial airing of this special because he was not satisfied with his initial vocal performance. The re-recorded vocal track was subsequently dubbed-in and used in repeat airings. See more »


Soundtracks

Just One Person
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Written by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady
Performed by the cast
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A wonderful special
12 August 2002 | by jeremyactorSee all my reviews

When I learned about Jim Henson's death in 1990, it was while I was watching the Muppet Movie. I was only 6 years old at the time, and I didn't understand it. I just enjoyed this special looking back at all the Muppet fun over the past years, not really knowing that what they were trying to remember was the man who gave birth to the Muppets - perhaps the greatest dreamer and visionary of my lifetime. Now as an 18 year old, I have fallen in love with the Muppets all over again - and I dusted off my copy of this special and played it. At the end, where they read the letters from the fans about Jim's death, I never fail to cry. Even as I write this, I'm tearing up a bit from just remembering Scooter (whose voice, Richard Hunt, would pass only 2 years later), Fozzie, and Piggy reading letters, and only then learning that Jim Henson had passed away. Ray Charles performs a beautiful version of "Bein' Green", with the help of the monsters from Sesame Street - and they show clips of Jim working on Muppet projects. They talk to his best friend, Frank Oz. They talk to Steven Spielberg, John Denver, Carol Burnett, Harry Belafonte, and they all remember something great and unique that Jim contributed to this world. This is the most touching tribute to anyone that I have ever seen, and I think it's good to sit down, watch it, and remember the great times that Jim gave us.


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