Jim Henson

20 Years Later, ‘Dinosaurs’ Is Still TV’s Weirdest Family Sitcom

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Sometimes I’m convinced that Dinosaurs was just a fever dream. A four-season, 65-episode-long fever dream about clunky dinosaur puppets going through the motions of a typical human family. The bumbling father is a Megalosaurus who works a blue-collar job while his Allosaurus wife stays home to tend to housework. Their children grapple with puberty, homework, and crushes. They also train humans to do tricks and secretly experiment with eating vegetables. To put it bluntly: Dinosaurs is a show so weird that it shouldn’t have existed. It’s been 20 years since Dinosaurs aired its bizarrely depressing series finale, but it still remains the strangest — and funniest — approach to the family sitcom.
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The Muppets as ‘Twin Peaks’ Characters: Who Killed Miss Piggy?

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The earnestness that fuels Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper could also be pretty applicable to another much-loved character: Kermit the Frog. In fact, it’s kind of spooky to see how easily The Muppets take to the world of David Lynch’s classic Twin Peaks. In Justin DeVine’s paintings (spotted via Welcome to Twin Peaks), the Muppets have a damn fine cup of coffee, the Log Lady is Fozzie Bear, and it’s all very, very amusing. So far, DeVine has done six watercolor portraits in pen and ink, and he’s promising more. Keep an eye on his Tumblr.
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10 Movies You’ve Been Watching in Altered Versions

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Some play tennis, some memorize baseball stats, some decorate toilet seat lids. Point is, everyone’s got a hobby, but Christopher Orgeron spent his past two years of free time on a genuinely unusual project: restoring The Dark Crystal to its original, darker version. Wait, you’re thinking. I didn’t know there was an original, darker version of that, especially since the version they released was such hardcore nightmare fuel if you were a small child in the early ‘80s (OK, now I’m just projecting). Well, if you do enough poking around in Hollywood history, you’ll find there was an original, darker version of a whole lot of movies, which studio execs and other muckety-mucks demanded filmmakers brighten up before they saw the light of a projector.
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Famous Directors’ Forgotten TV Projects

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Following the career path of some filmmakers is fascinating. Many celebrated directors found their start in the world of television. Website Cinephilia and Beyond reminded us of those twists and turns when we spotted an Orson Welles pilot episode that aired only once. We feature it after the jump. The forgotten series reminded us that there are many hidden gems amongst the credits of our favorite directors. We dug up ten TV projects from acclaimed filmmakers that have faded into the background, but are worth digging up for one reason or another — and many of them you can watch online right now.
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45 Awesome Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Muppets and Muppeteers

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There will always be something a bit surreal about seeing images of actual humans with their hands stuffed inside familiar faces like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo — not to mention a man sporting Big Bird’s legs like casual trousers. As A.V. Club pointed out over the weekend, many behind-the-scenes photos taken from the early days of Sesame Street have been making the rounds online lately. Here are some more photos from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and even a couple of Muppet movies, courtesy of Muppet Wiki. And no, we didn’t forget about Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band …Read More