Yesterday would have been Jim Henson's 77th birthday. The beloved Muppets creator is sorely missed, but his work lives on through the newly revamped film series, directed by James Bobin. Muppets Most Wanted is the sequel to 2011's The Muppets and is set to star Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. This time the gang heads into international-crime-caper territory. That cast and the European setting have us excited for March 21, 2014 to arrive, but until then, we have other good news to celebrate. There will be props and 21 puppets from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and other Henson projects showcased at the Smithsonian.
Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Fozzie Bea, and the Swedish Chef are a few of the characters that will be with Kermit in the Jim Henson Collection at the Museum of American History in Washington. It's part of a larger exhibit called Puppetry in America — featuring marionettes, hand puppets and ventriloquist figures — that opens in November. Miss Piggy will also be featured in a later exhibit American Stories in March 2014.
"When you look at these different characters, you can hear their voices. They are like living beings... I'm so happy to have my father's work be part of the cultural heritage of this country," Henson's daughter Cheryl Henson (president of the Jim Henson Foundation) said. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids and nerdy adults (like us) to see the characters many of us grew up with. For more Henson goodies, head to Mental Floss to check out some fantastic Henson fan art. It's proof that although the famed puppeteer is gone, he's not forgotten.
Image credit: Adam Antaloczy
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