MUPPETS™, MUSIC & MAGIC: JIM HENSON'S LEGACY
July 12 - August 24

Muppets™, Music & Magic explores all facets of Jim Henson's creative legacy, including both beloved old favorites and rarely seen projects. The series is scheduled in conjunction with the Smithsonian's new exhibit, "Jim Henson's Fantastic World," on display from July 12 to October 5 at the Ripley Center (International Gallery), and produced by The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music. The tour's Executive Producer is Irena Kovarova.

Click here for more information on the Smithsonian's exhibit.

$5 TICKETS FOR CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER! (Normally $6)

AFI Member passes will be accepted at all screenings of WANTED AND DESIRED.

THE MUPPET MOVIE

In their first foray onto the silver screen, Kermit the Frog and his Muppet cohorts Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Miss Piggy and the gang sing their way to Hollywood, hoping to make it big. But Charles Durning's evil Doc Hopper, a frog leg restaurant magnate, has other plans for Kermit. Tremendously funny--as much for adults as for kids, and maybe more so--with memorable musical numbers like Rainbow Connection and Moving Right Along, plus cameos galore, including Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Orson Welles and Bob Hope.

DIR James Frawley; SCR Jack Burns and Jerry Juhl; PROD Jim Henson. UK/US, 1979, color, 95 min. RATED G

ENCORE SCREENINGS: Saturday, September 6, 12:30, 5:00; Sunday, September 7, 12:30; Monday, September 8, 7:00; Wednesday, September 10, 7:00; Thursday, September 11, 7:00; Saturday, September 13, 12:00, 2:15; Sunday, September 14, 1:00, 5:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

MUPPET HISTORY 101 (shorts program)

Special Guest Craig Shemin will host the screening.

Craig Shemin is a former Jim Henson Company staff writer, and currently serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors of The Jim Henson Legacy. His knowledge of The Muppets is encyclopedic and he is the designer, curator and editor the BAM/Legacy series, Muppets(TM) Music & Magic: The Jim Henson Legacy.

This unique program of rarities examines the origins of the Muppets. Includes early live TV appearances, unusual commercials, guest spots on the JIMMY DEAN and DICK CAVETT shows, plus the rarely seen pilot episode of THE MUPPET SHOW.

90 min.

Digital Presentation

Sunday, July 13, 5:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

MUPPET MUSIC MOMENTS (shorts program)

Music was always an integral part of THE MUPPET SHOW, and this collection features some of the Muppets' best-loved musical numbers. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres and performers, including Harry Belafonte, Elton John and Linda Ronstadt.

75 min.

Digital Presentation

Saturday, July 19, 1:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE DARK CRYSTAL

Adapted from a story by Jim Henson and co-directed by fellow Muppeteer Frank Oz, this all-puppet magical adventure is set in a dark fantasy world that is a decided departure from the light-hearted realm of the Muppets. The story centers on two young Gelflings--the last of their kind--on a quest to end the dark rule of the evil Skeksis by mending the legendary Dark Crystal.

DIR/SCR/PROD Jim Henson and Frank Oz; SCR David Odell; PROD Gary Kurtz. US/UK, 1982, color, 93 min. RATED PG

Friday, July 25, 2:45, 9:30; Saturday, July 26, 1:00; Sunday, July 27, 3:05; Monday, July 28, 5:00; Thursday, July 31, 5:00

Also screening as a part of the TOTALLY AWESOME 2: MORE FILMS OF THE 1980S series.

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

LABYRINTH

"Dance, Magic Dance!" Henson's visionary fairy tale now enjoys a devoted cult following among viewers who grew up on it. Resentful of having to babysit her brother Toby, a young Jennifer Connelly inadvertently casts him into the hands of Jareth the Goblin King, played with haughty relish by rock icon David Bowie. To rescue Toby before he is forever transformed into a goblin, Connelly must navigate the many obstacles--and dangerous puppetry--of the Goblin King's labyrinth.

DIR/SCR Jim Henson; SCR Dennis Lee and Terry Jones; PROD Eric Rattray. UK/US, 1986, color, 101 min. RATED PG

Friday, July 25, 11:30; Saturday, July 26, 3:00, 11:45; Wednesday, July 30, 10:20; Thursday, July 31, 9:30

Also screening as a part of the TOTALLY AWESOME 2: MORE FILMS OF THE 1980S series.

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN is the Muppet take on the backstage musical. Kermit and the troupe decide to take their musical revue to the Great White Way, only to find that making it in the Big Apple takes teamwork and determination. Cameos include Gregory Hines, Liza Minnelli and Brooke Shields.

DIR/SCR Frank Oz; SCR Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses; PROD David Lazer. US, 1984, color, 94 min. RATED G

Saturday, August 2, 12:30; Sunday, August 3, 12:30

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

A BETTER WORLD: LIVING IN HARMONY (shorts program)

A 1983 episode of the FRAGGLE ROCK TV series that contrasts three communities--the musical Fraggles, the industrious Doozers, and the giant Gorgs, who all coexist in a carefully balanced underground world--with those mysterious creatures who live above ground, the humans.

With: THE SONG OF THE CLOUD FOREST (1989). This beautiful evocation of the rainforest with stunning color graphics focuses on the story of a golden toad that must avoid the "uprights" (humans) trying to capture him.

90 min.

Digital Presentation

Saturday, August 9, 1:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

MUPPET FAIRY TALES (shorts program)

THE FROG PRINCE (1971): What happens when you kiss a frog? No one can tell that classic fairy tale better than Kermit and his friends.

With: THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER (1994): What if the elves who come to the aid of the shoemaker were actually Elvises? If Rapunzel appeared on Sesame Street, what twists on the story would you expect? See these classic tales through the eyes of the Muppets in this program of rarely seen shorts.

105 min.

Digital Presentation

Sunday, August 10, 12:45

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

COMMERCIALS & EXPERIMENTS (shorts program)

This program is a collection of experimental shorts, crazy commercials and other rarities from the Henson vault. Highlights include excerpts from Henson's experimental television programs THE CUBE and YOUTH 68: EVERYTHING'S CHANGING...OR MAYBE IT ISN'T, and the Oscar-nominated 8-minute experimental masterpiece, TIME PIECE, from 1965.

90 min.

Digital Presentation

Saturday, August 23, 1:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE ART OF PUPPETRY AND STORYTELLING (shorts program)

Go behind the scenes to witness the magic of the Muppets in this compilation of rare footage showing the amazing variety of puppetry created by Jim Henson. Includes a classic episode of THE MUPPET SHOW (1979) hosted by Harry Belafonte and an episode from Henson's innovative series THE STORYTELLER (1989) directed by Henson himself.

120 min.

Digital Presentation

Sunday, August 24, 1:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

DOG CITY (1989)

Set in a 1940s film noir city populated entirely by dogs (all incredibly detailed and realistic puppets). With Muppet favorite Rowlf the dog (voiced by Henson) narrating from a piano, the action and in-jokes come at a furious pace.

With: THE STORYTELLER: THE SOLDIER AND DEATH (1987). This tale of a soldier returning home from war who uses the gift of three magic objects to outwit a pack of demons, leading to an encounter with Death himself, was written by Oscar-winner Anthony Minghella.

90 min.

Digital Presentation

Sunday, August 24, 6:30

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.