Jim Henson

ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER

Jim Henson Movies or Tv Shows (upto May 2021) - Watch Online

10th Sep 2020 | FlixCatalog Staff

Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends (1955), a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and inspired Jim to continue using puppets for his work. He made many commercials, developing the signature humor that Henson Productions is known for. A key reason for the success of his puppets is that Jim realized he didn't need to hide puppeteers behind a structure when they were in front of a camera. All he had to do was instruct the camera operators to focus on the puppets and keep the puppeteers out of the frame. This allowed the puppets to dominate the image and make them more lifelike. This work on puppets and television would lead to separate projects that had different goals. The first one was his work on the The Jimmy Dean Show (1963) with the character Rowlf the Dog, the oldest clearly identified character that Henson Productions still uses. This show provided an income that allowed Jim to work on a pet project. That project was Time Piece (1965), a surrealistic short about time which was nominated for best live-action short Oscar. Henson shot to prominence when he was approached to use his muppets for the revolutionary educational show 1, rue Sésame (1969). The show was a smash hit and his characters have become staples on public television. Unforetunately, this also led to Henson being typecast as only an entertainer for children. He sought to disprove that by being part of the initial crew of Saturday Night Live (1975), but his style and that of the creative staff simply didn't jibe. It was this circumstance that encouraged him to develop a variety show format that had the kind of sophisticated humor that "1, rue Sésame (1969)" didn't work with. No American broadcaster was interested, but British producer Lew Grade was. This led to Le Muppet Show (1976). It initially struggled both in the ratings and in the search for guest stars, but in the second season it became a smash hit and would eventually become the most widely watched series in television history. Hungry for a new challenge, Henson made Les Muppets : Ça c'est du cinéma ! (1979), defying the popular industry opinion that his characters would never work in a movie. The film became a hit and spawned a series of features which included the moody fantasy Dark Crystal (1982), which was a drastic and bold departure from the amiable tone of his previous work. The most successful TV work in the 1980s was Fraggle Rock (1983), a fantasy series specifically designed to appeal to as many cultural groups as possible. During this time he also established the Creature Shop, a puppet studio that became renowned for being as brilliant with puppetry as ILM was at special effects. When he died all too soon in 1990, he was indisputably one of the geniuses of puppetry. More importantly, he was a man who achieved his phenomenal success while still retaining his social conscience and artistic integrity as his work in promoting environmentalism and his brilliant Monstres et merveilles (1987) series respectively attest to. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@mnsi.net>

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Streaming Availability

Amazon Video has the most number of Jim Henson’s flixes, followed by Vudu compared to other streaming platforms. See the full graph below.

Releases by Year

Jim Henson on average has worked on 2 movies per year from 1970 to 2015. See the full graphs of the number of Jim Henson movies released per year from 1984 till 2015.

Top Genres

Jim Henson works mostly in Family Genre followed by Comedy Genre flixes. 26% of Jim Henson movies are Family Genre movies. See Top Genres that Jim Henson worked on in the graph below.

Average IMDB Score

On average the IMDB score of the movies that Jim Henson has worked on is 7.5.

7.5 / 10

Jim Henson's Movies and Tv Series available to Stream now ..

Adventure,Drama,Family
The Storyteller (1987)

An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

8.9/10225 min

Available in 4 platform(s).

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

8.4/1060 min

Available in 7 platform(s).

A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

8.3/1048 min

Available in 9 platform(s).

Family,Fantasy,Musical
The Christmas Toy (1986)

When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ...

8.1/1050 min

Available in 5 platform(s).

A documentary with featured performance clips and interviews featuring Jim and Jane Henson, Frank Oz and others. The documentary focuses on the Muppet phenomena and a look at the ...

8/1053 min

Available in 1 platform(s).

Adventure,Animation,Comedy
Fraggle Rock (1983)

The adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.

7.9/1030 min

Available in 6 platform(s).

Adventure,Comedy,Family
The Muppet Movie (1979)

Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.

7.6/1095 min

Available in 8 platform(s).

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

7.5/1086 min

Available in 13 platform(s).