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    Jim Henson

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    Jim Henson Jim Henson once said, “Follow your enthusiasm. It’s something I’ve always believed in. Find those parts of your life you enjoy the most. Do what you enjoy doing” (qtd. in Fionaurora). Jim did just that. He loved puppetry and made many others love it too. The creator and a performer of the Muppets, Henson is known worldwide for his creations, which include shows like Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and characters such as Grover, Elmo, Big Bird, the Swedish Chef, Bert and Ernie

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    Jim Henson

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    JIM HENSON Jim Henson was born on September 24, 1936, in Greenville, Mississippi. He moved to Maryland in fifth grade and throughout his childhood had a strong interest in both art and television. His grandmother was very supportive of his interests and constantly encouraged him to use his imagination. In 1954 Jim started in television performing puppets on a local channel’s Saturday morning program. The next year, while studying at the University of Maryland, he was given a five-minute show called

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    Jim Henson Influence

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    Among one of Jim Henson’s greatest quotes is, “My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” While the current status of the world is up to debate, there is no doubt that Henson touched the lives of both children and adults through his work with puppets and entertainment as a whole. The Muppets is a show that continues to engage and attract people throughout the world while Sesame Street still puts out quality work that touches on topics most people would not even dare to

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    Labyrinth, by Jim Henson

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    In Jim Henson’s Labyrinth the plot closely follows the narrative structure that is documented by Propp and described by Berger. Propp establishes a series of functions which all Russian fairy tales followed and which Berger finds easily applies to modern day narratives. When these functions are applied to Labyrinth, they fit easily into the movies story line. The protagonist, Sarah, is an adequate example of Propp’s hero with some gender norms reversed and Jareth fits into the archetype of the

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    Jim Henson: The Mind Behind the Muppets

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    Jim Henson: The Mind Behind the Muppets "Sure, Jim the creator was a genius. Yet I see Jim foremost as an appreciator. He appreciated the Muppet family and his own family. He appreciated flying kites with his children. He appreciated beauty and he appreciated fun." -Frank Oz (Readers Digest, 126) There is no doubt in Frank Oz's mind that Jim Henson was a creative genius. According to the model of creativity proposed by Howard Gardner, Henson can be considered creative in five of the seven intelligences:

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    educational or not. Jim Henson was not one of those to so easily dismiss the chance to use television to educate children. Jim Henson said it best himself, “Television is basically teaching whether you want it or not.” As Creator of the well beloved characters of Sesame Street, The Muppets, Henson has touched the lives of millions of children worldwide. Sesame Street continues to be the longest running program aimed at the education of young children, so it stands to reason that Jim Henson’s impact on

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    would have lasting effects on the world. By the late 1940’s, televisions began appearing in homes across the US, though they were still expensive and uncommon at that time. The magic of television fascinated people, and in 1946, thirteen-year-old Jim Henson was insistent that his family have a television of their own. As he would later put it, “I badgered my family into buying a set. I absolutely loved television,” (qtd. in ch. 2, Jones). Watching the four stations available in the D.C. area throughout

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    Muppets Most Wanted

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    While the film had a few problems, 2011's The Muppets was a wonderful ode to not only The Muppets themselves, but also to childhood and nostalgia. It introduced the characters to a new generation, while also serving as the perfect film for longtime fans (the same fans who had been burned by lackluster TV specials and the awful Muppets In Space). This frees Muppets Most Wanted to jump right into Kermit and company's next adventure, with a hilarious opening number all about doing a sequel, and how

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    A Study of Perspectives

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    A Study of Perspectives Livingston's documentary Paris is Burning inspired an awareness of being that I had not previously experienced. The film urges the spectator to reevaluate not only one's breadth of knowledge of the black gay culture in the 80's, but also the perspectives from which one views the film. Personally speaking, the easiest evaluation of the latter topic would be the perspective of a privileged white straight female born into a sheltered and socially traditional household. This

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    On was a saturday morning around seven in the morning, my mom comes bursting through the doors of my sister and I’s room. She tells us to hurry and get dressed because we were going on an adventure. My sister and I got ready as fast as we could and ran to the car. As we were driving my sister and I could not imagine what amazing place we were going to. Then all of a sudden the big yellow signs appears...Sesame Place! Screaming with joy and laughter, we ran to the gate and our amazing day began. Looking

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