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Watch 'The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson' from 1990

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Jim Henson died on May 16, 1990. It was a shock, as he was busy producing new projects with Disney and seemed generally at the top of his game. The infection that killed him could have been treated if he had gone to a hospital earlier. But Henson wasn't particularly fond of doctors, in part due to his Christian Science upbringing.

In the weeks after Henson's untimely death, several memorials were held, and by November, CBS aired a special tribute to Henson, complete with celebrity guest stars, various documentary bits on Henson's early career, and clips from many of his projects (Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Timepiece, and even his early commercial work).

The special also answered a key question the public had, following Henson's death: What would happen to Kermit? Simple: Steve Whitmire, a longtime Henson collaborator, would perform the character. Sure, Kermit's voice wasn't quite the same, but Kermit as a muppet would continue, and that was the important part. As the special says, "That's the way the boss would want it." Enjoy:

Trivia note: This also happens to be one of the last performances by puppeteer Richard Hunt, who performed Scooter and Beaker, among others. Hunt died in 1992.

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The Muppets are Getting a Reboot (Again)
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The Muppets have entertained audiences from television sets and movie screens. Now, The Hollywood Reporter reports the beloved characters are coming to your computer. Jim Henson's classic characters are being rebooted for Disney's new streaming service.

This isn't the first time Disney has attempted to repackage The Muppets for TV since acquiring the property in 2004. In 2015, a mockumentary-style show, simply titled The Muppets, premiered on ABC, but it was canceled after one season in light of underwhelming reviews. Disney is also producing a CGI update of the animated series Muppet Babies this March. Unlike that show, this upcoming series will star the original adult characters.

Disney has yet to announce a premiere date or even a premise for the new streaming show. Audiences can expect to see it sometime after the Netflix competitor launches in fall of 2019.

The Muppets will be accompanied by streaming versions of other classic Disney properties. Series based on Monsters Inc. (2001) and The Mighty Ducks (1992) as well as film reboots of The Parent Trap (1998) and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) are all expected to appear exclusively on the streaming service.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

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The Dark Crystal Is Coming Back to Theaters
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In 1982, Jim Henson and Frank Oz dared to venture into somewhat gloomier territory with the release of The Dark Crystal. Though the film, which centers on two Gelflings (a sort of creepy elf-like creature) attempting to save their species and restore peace to the world, wasn’t a huge hit at the box office, it has developed a large cult following in the more than 35 years since its release—even among those kids it scared the hell out of back in the day. Now, as Netflix preps its prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, for release later this year, Nerdist reports that the original film will make its way back into theaters next month.

As part of Fathom Events’s ongoing effort to breathe big-screen life back into classic films with limited releases across the country, The Dark Crystal will be playing in more than 500 theaters nationwide on February 25 and February 28. In addition to the original film, the screenings will also feature a brand-new introduction courtesy of Lisa Henson, Jim’s daughter and current president/CEO of The Jim Henson Company, who will talk about the making of the film and how it fit within her father's creative legacy.

To find out whether The Dark Crystal will be coming back to a theater near you, log onto Fathom’s web page for the movie and type in your ZIP code; tickets are on sale now.

[h/t: Nerdist]

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