|Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy|
November 23-December 22
With the much-anticipated release of the new Muppets movie, now is a fitting time to take a look back at the screen legacy of Muppets creator Jim Henson in film and television. This retrospective includes the classic Muppet movies as well as several compilations of both classic and rare television work, much of which has not been seen in years. The touring series is produced by The Jim Henson Legacy and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, executive producer Irena Kovarova.
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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; DIR Frank Oz; SCR David Odell; PROD Gary Kurtz. US/UK, 1982, color, 93 min. RATED PG
Wed, Nov 23, 5:00; Thu, Nov 24, 7:30; Fri, Nov 25, 12:30, 11:00; Mon, Nov 28, 5:00; Wed, Nov 30, 4:30
"Dance, magic dance!" Jim Henson's visionary fairy tale, the last feature film he would direct, now enjoys a devoted cult following among viewers who grew up on it. Resentful of having to babysit her brother Toby, teenager 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 permanently 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, Terry Jones; PROD Eric Rattray. UK/US, 1986, color, 101 min. RATED PG
Thu, Nov 24, 9:30; Fri, Nov 25, 4:40; Sat, Nov 26, 12 midnight; Tue, Nov 29, 5:00; Thu, Dec 1, 10:10
JIM HENSON & FRIENDS: INSIDE THE SESAME STREET VAULT
This super-entertaining program highlights the contributions of Jim Henson and his early SESAME STREET collaborators Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Fran Brill and Caroll Spinney. In addition to old favorites, there are some extremely rare clips from specials and guest appearances on other television programs.
83 min. Digital Presentation
Sun, Nov 27, 12:00
SESAME STREET PRESENTS: FOLLOW THAT BIRD
After an adoption agency lures Big Bird away to live with a bird family so he can grow up "with his own kind," he quickly becomes homesick and runs away. En route home to Sesame Street, a couple of unscrupulous and bumbling carnival owners scheme to put him in their sideshow. In the end Big Bird realizes who his real family is — the wonderfully diverse community of Sesame Street. Featuring guest appearances by Chevy Chase, John Candy, Sandra Bernhard, Waylon Jennings and more.
DIR Ken Kwapis; SCR Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss; PROD Tony Garnett. US, 1985, color, 88 min. RATED G Digital Presentation
Fri, Dec 2, 5:00; Sat, Dec 3, 11:00 a.m.; Mon, Dec 5, 4:45; Wed, Dec 7, 4:45
THE MUPPET MOVIE
In their first foray onto the silver screen, Kermit the Frog and his Muppet cohorts Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, 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 Oscar-nominated "The Rainbow Connection" and "Movin' Right Along," plus cameos galore, including Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Orson Welles and Bob Hope.
DIR James Frawley; SCR Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl; PROD Jim Henson. UK/US, 1979, color, 95 min. RATED G
Fri, Dec 2, 7:00; Sat, Dec 3, 2:45; Sun, Dec 4, 7:45; Tue, Dec 6, 4:45; Thu, Dec 8, 4:45
SESAME STREET AT 40: MILESTONES ON THE STREET
This "best-of" compilation features dozens of classic moments in the forty-year history of the show, including excerpts from the first episode, celebrity guests and some of the best bits from Ernie and Bert, Big Bird, Snuffy and the rest of the gang.
90 min. Digital Presentation
Sat, Dec 3, 1:00
MUPPET HISTORY 101
In Person: puppeteer Fran Brill
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.
About Fran Brill: Brill was the first female hired as a puppeteer on SESAME STREET. During her long career with the show, this Emmy Award-winner performed the characters of Prairie Dawn, Zoe, Little Bird, Polly Darton, Mrs. Crustworthy, Elmo's mom, Scottish Mary of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Bo Peep, Roxy Marie, the Countess and many others.
90 min. Digital Presentation
Sun, Dec 4, 5:00
THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER
Busby Berkeley has nothing on the Muppets! This show-stopping musical finds intrepid journalists Kermit and Fozzie heading to London, hot on the trail of the jewel thief who stole the fabulous Baseball diamond from couture's toast of London, Lady Holiday. Surprisingly, Kermit falls hard for Holiday's secretary, Miss Piggy, whose life's ambition is to become one of Holiday's runway models. Charles Grodin and John Cleese are hysterical as Holiday's loutish brother and a very proper English gentleman.
DIR Jim Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, Tom Patchett, Jack Rose, Jay Tarses; PROD David Lazer, Frank Oz. UK, 1981, color, 95 min. RATED G
Fri, Dec 9, 5:00; Sun, Dec 11, 1:45; Mon, Dec 12, 4:30; Wed, Dec 14, 4:30
THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN
This film is the Muppets' 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 city takes teamwork and determination. Cameos include Gregory Hines, Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Elliott Gould and Brooke Shields.
DIR/SCR Frank Oz; SCR Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses; PROD David Lazer. US, 1984, color, 94 min. RATED G Digital Presentation
Fri, Dec 9, 7:00; Sat, Dec 10, 2:00; Tue, Dec 13, 4:30; Wed, Dec 14, 6:30
EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS
This is the heart-warming story of Ma Otter and her son who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for each other's Christmas presents. The rowdy Riverbottom Gang and their wild hard rock band The Nightmare challenge them. In contrast to the typical Muppet style of puppetry, the lovable river animals are portrayed realistically. (Note: The program also includes a selection of highlights from other Muppet Christmas specials)
DIR/PROD Jim Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, based on the book by Lillian Hoban and Russell Hoban. US/Canada, 1977, color, 48 min. NOT RATED.
Sat, Dec 10, 11:00 a.m.; Sun, Dec 11, 11:00 a.m.
MUPPET HISTORY 201: MORE RARITIES FROM THE HENSON VAULT
Jim Henson brought the Muppets to countless television variety and talk shows for several decades. Many of these appearances were live and have been lost forever, but The Jim Henson Legacy has been working to find the shows that still exist. This screening is a presentation of recently unearthed clips of Muppet television appearances and other special surprises ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s.
75 min. Digital Presentation
Sun, Dec 11, 3:45
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL
The Muppets' version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among the best. The always-game Michael Caine gives it his all as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife, Emily and Kermit's nephew Robin as Tiny Tim, plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop for the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, based on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min. RATED G
Fri, Dec 16, 5:00; Sat, Dec 17, 11:00 a.m.; Sun, Dec 18, 1:00; Mon, Dec 19, 5:00; Tue, Dec 20, 5:00; Wed, Dec 21, 5:00; Thu, Dec 22, 5:00
COMMERCIALS AND EXPERIMENTS
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 eight-minute experimental masterpiece, TIME PIECE, from 1965.
90 min. Digital Presentation and 35mm
Sat, Dec 17, 11:05 a.m., 11:30 – note new times!
MUPPET MUSIC MOMENTS
Music was always an integral part of THE MUPPET SHOW, and this collection features some of the Muppets' best-loved musical numbers. This compilation of shorts features a wide range of musical genres and performers, including Harry Belafonte, Elton John and Linda Ronstadt.
75 min. Digital Presentation
Sun, Dec 18, 11:00 a.m.