35 Things You Didn’t Know About Jim Henson

It feels great to see the Muppets in movies again. The Muppets, the first theatrical release in 12 years for Jim Henson’s beloved characters, was a huge success. Next year, the Muppets return with Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Tom Hiddleston, and friends for The Muppets…Again!. The spirit of Henson’s extraordinary creations is alive and well.

The famed puppeteer’s family just donated nearly 400 puppets, costumes, and other props to the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. The institution plans on opening a gallery devoted to Henson, who passed away in 1990, set to open in the winter of 2014-2015. We wanted to share our excitement over the news, so we created a list of fascinating facts and tidbits about Henson that reveal more about the man behind the Muppets — a kind, gentle, creative genius who brought his beautiful vision to life.

Photo credit: Philip Geraci

Photo credit: Philip Geraci

Jim was close to his maternal grandmother, Sarah Brown, who went by the nickname “Dear.” She was an artist and loved to paint. Dear convinced her creative grandson to pursue his dreams and share his vivid imagination with the world.