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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Netflix Adds New Animated Series For Preschoolers from The Jim Henson Company

Word Party – 2016 Word Party is a vocabulary building show from The Jim Henson Company that follows four adorable baby animals as they sing, dance and play. The show invites our youngest viewers to help teach the baby animals new words, learn these new words themselves, and even celebrate these achievements with a “Word Party!” Word Party is produced using the groundbreaking Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a proprietary technology from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop that allows puppeteers to perform digitally animated characters in real time – enabling the animation to be more lifelike and spontaneous. 

Twenty-six 11-min episodes will premiere exclusively on Netflix around the world in 2016.

Lily The Unicorn, Produced by The Jim Henson Company, Debuts as Part of Amazon Studios' Kids Pilot Season

From PR Newswire

Lily the Unicorn, the latest project from The Jim Henson Company, is now available for viewing and reviewing during Amazon Studios' kids pilot season, which commenced June 26, 2015. Lily the Unicorn is based on the hit children's book from acclaimed author and illustrator Dallas Clayton (The Awesome Book), and published by Harper Collins. 

During pilot season, Amazon customers can watch, rate and review for free this unique pilot episode about Lily, a young unicorn whose everyday adventures have a tendency to become whimsical at the drop of a hat. An outside-the-box thinker, Lily's goal is to show people how easy it is to be themselves! Lily the Unicorn is available for viewing via the Amazon Instant Video app for TV's, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/AIV. 

"Lily is the only unicorn she knowsshe's one of a kind and proud of itshe's lively, creative, thoughtful and confident, and she possesses an extraordinary imagination that can take her and her friends anywhere," commented Lisa Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company. "This book was so inspiring with its positive themes and hilarious adventures, and with Lily's headstrong and independent character, it was easy to see how she could be developed from the page into an animated project that we anticipate will connect with older kids and anyone who loves great comedy or has ever felt alone." 

"When I wrote the Lily the Unicorn book, I knew immediately that I wanted it to become an animated series," added Clayton. "This pilot reflects the themes of the book by showing that everyone is uniqueand, like Lily, it's up to you to be the first you." 

Clayton, creator of The Awesome Book series has been compared to Dr. Seuss in the simplicity yet power of the messages in his books. An initially self-published phenomenon featured in Google Chrome commercials and a Vans ad campaign, Clayton began his writing and illustrating career by creating a book about dreaming big for his son that resonated with millions worldwide. 

In Lily the Unicorn, which targets children ages 611 and beyond, Lily is not only a remarkable, colorful, and comical galshe is truly one-in-a-million. Her unique perspective and independent spirit can brighten up any situation and often leads her and her loyal friends into unexpected shenanigans. In Lily's world, anything is possible: A simple song she hums can go viral and top the charts. A quiet surprise picnic for her best buddy Roger can lead to a city-wide adventure featuring falafel waffles (yum) and a wise guru (of course). Lily the Unicorn puts a hilarious spin on everyday situations as Lily transforms even the most typical day into something extraordinary. 

Created by Dallas Clayton, Lily the Unicorn is produced by The Jim Henson Company. Lisa Henson serves as Executive Producer with Halle Stanford, the Company's Executive Vice President of Children's Entertainment, and Clayton. Animation for the pilot was provided by Snipple.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

VIDEO: A Visit to the Jim Henson Studios with Mr. Miyamoto

From nintendo-insider.com
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The Jim Henson Company‘s involvement within E3 2015’s Nintendo Digital Event easily became a highlight for everyone that tuned in. 

Shigeru Miyamoto recently visited their Burbank-based studio, sitting down for a short interview with Brian Henson where he expressed his long-held admiration for the company and how he had once wanted to create puppets when he was younger. 

“We were so excited when Nintendo first contacted us to make the puppets of you, Mr. Iwata and Reggie,” Henson explains. “And we built those three here in Burbank, and then we built the other three puppets in New York at our workshop there. It was such a pleasure when you all asked me to direct it, I loved doing that the most.” He continued, “We shot the video right here in the studio, and I think it’s a wonderful piece because it does what we do with puppets in the best way but the idea all came from Nintendo. 

It was all a Nintendo idea, but then executed in the way that Henson does it.” Miyamoto went on to discuss the Jim Henson ‘Celebration Honor’ award that he received in 2008, and how incredibly honoured he was to accept it. But, the best parts are later on when Miyamoto tries to replicate Charlie Chaplin’s walk, and is joined by Henson, Takashi Tezuka and Bill Trinen to have fun with some puppet acting. Enjoy!  




Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Panel at San Diego Comic-Con

Art by Kenny Durkin

There will be a Jim Henson's Creature Shop Panel at next month's San Diego Comic-Con. 

It will be on Friday, July 10th from 12:00PM - 1:00PM, Room: 29AB. Gigi Edgley has been confirmed to be a part of this. More to come on this soon.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

San Diego Comic-Con's "The Muppets" Autograph/Panel Date and Times Confirmed


As we first reported back on June 19th, "The Muppets" panel will be part of next month's San Diego Comic-Con. 

“The Muppets” panel will feature executive producers Bill Prady, Bob Kushell, Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta as well as some of the talented performers who bring the Muppets to life. It will be moderated by Damian Holbrook. 

Fans can also catch rides throughout the city on “Once Upon a Time” and “The Muppets” branded pedicabs. In addition, “The Muppets” branded trolleys will run outside of the convention center every day during the convention. 

Here is the complete schedule:

Saturday, July 11th:  

"The Muppets" Autograph Signing 
1:00-2:00 p.m. 
 Location: Booth 4245 

"The Muppets" Panel 
3:00-4:00 p.m. 
 Location: Room 6A

CLICK HERE to visit the San Diego Comic Con website for more info

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Legend" and "Labyrinth" - See Mia Sara & Brian Henson In Person

This Friday, June 26th at 7:30pm PDT, the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California) is hosting a double feature screening for their 80's Fantasy Series of "Legend" and "Labyrinth". Between films there will be a discussion with husband and wife, "Legend" actress Mia Sara and Brian Henson, the Chairman of The Jim Henson Company.  

CLICK HERE to order tickets