Finding Muppets Magic 1,200 Miles Away from Walt Disney World!

When you are a Walt Disney Earth lover dwelling 1,200 miles absent from the parks, it takes some creative imagination to get a Disney fix.

But this summer, I acquired a huge dose of Muppet magic appropriate in my possess backyard when The Jim Henson Exhibition: Creativeness Unlimited made a quit at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Imagination Unlimited is a traveling edition of The Jim Henson Exhibition on everlasting show at the Museum of the Transferring Graphic in Astoria, New York.

As a particular person who would completely appreciate to see Extra MUPPETS at Disney, getting near to so quite a few historic artifacts from the leisure business gave me a complete Hollywood Studios vibe. In point, the wander-by way of set up reminded me of the Walt Disney Provides attraction in the Studios’ Animation Courtyard.

Imagination Unlimited takes about 20 to 30 minutes to see if you are a everyday stroller, but if you want a deep dive, you could very easily expend 90 minutes using it all in. Highlights include things like:

Early photos of Jim Henson. Henson was born in 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi, and was lifted in Leland, Mississippi and Hyattsville, Maryland.

First sketches and storyboards. Henson began out as a visible artist in advance of getting a puppeteer in higher college.

A Kermit the Frog puppet from 1978. Did you know the 1st Kermit was made in 1955? The identical yr that Disneyland opened.

Dozens of other nostalgic puppets from Sesame Road, The Muppet Clearly show, Fraggle Rock, and Dark Crystal. There is even a Jim Henson puppet!

Costumes worn by David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in the movie Labyrinth.

Photographs from the opening of Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3-D. It was a job he worked on about a yr or more before he died. 

If you are a human being who knows Disney historical past, you may possibly uncover some parallels amongst the life of Jim Henson and Walt Disney. For case in point:

  • Henson and Walt started out out as cartoonists and possessed fantastic storytelling talents. 
  • Both equally men felt a distinctive affection for their signature people. Henson reported of Kermit, “Kermit is closest to me. The character is actually my hand.” Walt at the time commented that “The daily life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my personal personalized and qualified everyday living.”
  • Jim Henson and Walt Disney each constructed companies with the aid of talented individuals and were being not scared to experiment in the subject of enjoyment.
  • And unfortunately, both experienced premature deaths.

Probably you’ve seen The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited as it has moved about the nation because premiering at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Tradition in 2017. But if you have not, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Creativity Unlimited will remain in Dearborn right up until September 6, when it then moves to San Francisco’s Modern day Jewish Museum (10/13/21 to 1/19/22). In 2022, it returns to Michigan where by it will be at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (9/17/22 to 1/02/23). Other venues will be announced soon. Individually, I would adore to see it appear to Walt Disney Environment.

If you are someone who appreciates how to discover Disney Magic exterior of Central Florida, I’d love to listen to about it, so please share!