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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! I never said all of these behind the scenes pictures would be from feature films. Today’s comes from TV that I’m wagering knocks the majority of you upside the head with a closed fist filled with nostalgia. And possibly a little sadness. Sesame Street and The Muppets were a huge cornerstone of my childhood. Jim Henson was almost like an unofficial father to me growing up. His work instantly sends me back to a simpler time. So any smile I get from this great behind the scenes image of Jim Henson and Frank Oz doing their thing is bittersweet, tinged with a pang of regret that we lost him way too soon. But let’s not get too misty-eyed. It’s an amazing pic of a brilliant mind at work. Thanks for sending it over, David.

This one came to me in a pretty decent resolution, so you can click the above for a bigger version. We miss you Jim! If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare, the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s pic is for the birds. See ya’ then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • July 11, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    pictures like this...

    by mrgray

    make me wonder how the hell those guys' arms didn't fall off. Any footage of Jim and the gang in action always makes my shoulders ache in sympathy.

  • July 11, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    For some reason the ep when Ernie met his twin in the tomb

    by YoyodynePropulsionSystems

    always freaked me out. Nice pic.

  • July 11, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Henson must've had the sweetest smelling pits

    by cookepuss

    for that guy to stand so damn close to him. =)Great pic though.

  • July 11, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Pitofbenders

    Me too, seriously, as a kid that one episode scared the hell out of me. But it's a great pic of a legend, BIG part of my childhood as well, as it should be for any kid.

  • July 11, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    cool pic..

    by nolan bautista

    ..of Barry Gibb and Yoda?!..haha..just kidding..thanks for the memories Mr.Henson..

  • July 11, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

    My childhood was SESAME STREET. Loved the Muppets and Ernie an Bert. Jim Henson went way too soon. I'll never forget the cover of TIME with a sad Kermit sitting alone on Jim's directors chair.

  • July 11, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by Ray Gamma

    That's me sorted for a new phone wallpaper, then.

  • July 11, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    god-like genius.

    by billyhitchcock1

    i wish there was a way to watch old sesame street complete episodes. the tv station probably doesn't even have them any more right? i guess i would be hoping too much to wish for season boxsets :-)

  • July 11, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    One unused prophylactic.

    by Fievel

    One soiled.

  • July 11, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    We miss you, Jim...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...every day.<P> I mean that...I have a three year old who watches SESAME STREET. I miss Jim Henson every day.<P> Great shot.

  • July 11, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I met Jim Henson

    by disfigurehead

    He was really nice. I saw him at Disney just before he died.

  • July 11, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    WHAT!? AICN raped my childhood!

    by thatfilmlover

    only messing, But seriously 2 guys to control one muppet? Why I never.

  • July 11, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Priceless pic

    by SingingConan

    Are they going to re-imagine Labyrinth with CGI Ludo?

  • July 11, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    by Gorgomel

    Frank Oz speech at Jim Henson's memorial always bring a tear to my eye. Between, I'm pretty sure this is Ellen Greene at 03:30

  • July 11, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    ..."cornerstone of my childhood" = Ernie's Tiger Hunt.

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 11, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Ernie's arms

    by Bouncy X

    well damn, had no clue each arm was operated by two people. always figured one did the arms and the other did the body and head. and you know, i had NO clue Oz was Bert, thats sad. lol

  • July 11, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    the third dude=

    by Nairb The Movie

    is Richard Hunt. He's doing a talk with an hour of unseen Muppet clips next Sunday in Poughkeepsie, just up the road from where I live.

  • July 11, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Awesome pic

    by BacardiRocky

    I still wish they would bring back the Muppet Show, for us adults who grew up with it, perhaps air it on Comedy Central. I'd like to see a New Muppet Show, but hell, I would absolutely love to see the originals air on cable. Miss those innocent times. Just checked, its been 20 years since Jim Henson died, wow, 80's babies, we're getting old.

  • July 11, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Nairb - Richard Hunt

    by Mr. Poohgas

    He died in 1992

  • July 11, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    this is what is missing

    by godhatesusall

    from entertainment today, real heart, and smelling pits, because it is an honour , for anyone intrested there is a great book called Street Gang which tells the origion story of SS, it answered for me the question of why david got fat, lost martia to louis and started not talking anymore...has to do with running around atlanta naked

  • July 11, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Thank you Quint!

    by byronical

    Wonderful pictures all, from Harryhausen to Dr. Strangelove and now this one! I can't wait to see the next one.

  • July 11, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Kubrick and Sellers behind the scenes photo

    by ScreamingPenis

    I've seen it in a book somewhere. It's a color photo from the Strangelove set. See if you can find it. The Henson one is great, though.

  • July 11, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    More Muppet Joy...

    by SminkyPinky

    Anyone who loves the Muppets needs to see this if the haven't already:

  • July 11, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Ah yes, I wonder why muppets lived on seedy

    by RPLocke

    side street in NYC.

  • July 11, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Muppet performers could probably out-wrestle an orangutan

    by Chewtoy

    What with the monstrously powerful arms they must get from working those puppets over their heads all day... Really cool picture!

  • July 11, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    thanks for raping my chilhood w/ this pic

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    JK.........awesome image.

  • July 11, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    ...SESAME STREET is sacred, but this is too funny...

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 11, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    those guys had orgies with these muppets

    by DioxholsterReturns

    back in the day it was common practice. fucking assholes and their imported weed.

  • July 11, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Tooooooooo Muuuuuuuuuuuuch

    by NippleEffect

    aaaaaaarrrrrrrm piiiiiiiiiit in that pic

  • July 11, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Hey Bert, this guy has his hand up my butt

    by RPLocke

    Yeah, Ernie me too. What's up with that?

  • July 11, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    RIP Jim Henson, still

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    All the Muppets have the wrong voices. Sucks.

  • July 11, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I feel bad for...

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    the guy on the left! Hope he took a deep breath before starting.

  • July 11, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Bert and Ernie are discussing...

    by KubricksBellEnd

    ...the ridiculous notion that there might be "dead space" in "The Muppet Movie"...

  • July 11, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Hey Bert, are we gonna work with Judd Apatow?

    by RPLocke

    I hope not, Ernie.

  • July 11, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    on the day of jim henson's death

    by emeraldboy

    fox news sent reporters down to interview people at henson Hq in new york. its the most disgraceful thing. they doorstepped the henson staff to get a reaction. thats fox for you. henson deserved his place in the time magazine top 100 of influtential people in entertainment of all time. henson's death was shocking. i couldnt get over it. and what is simply amazing is that no one and no one took up hensons message. cowards.

  • July 11, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock

    is easily my new favorite feature on this site. That's right BSPD. Acronyms are the coolest.

  • July 11, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Found that picture on flickr ages ago.

    by TheJudger

    It's a pretty cool picture indeed. <P> I really wish Frank Oz would post pictures of the Bert sculpture Jim made for him. So damn funny. I can't do the story a lick of justice so I'll post the youtube link instead. Unfortunately this story is explained by Frank at Jim's Funeral. It's still funny and very touching. What a great friend. I wish Jim were still here. <P>

  • July 11, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    These guys must have arthritis in their arms by now

    by Orionsangels

    The ones still alive anyone. They held their arms up for most of their lives. That gets painful after only 5 minutes. Can you imagine holding your arm up for as long as these guys did?

  • July 11, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    What about the Mystery Science theater 3000 guys! Those guys had to sit and hold those things for skits as well as during a movie segment.

  • July 11, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    "...of an brilliant mind"

    by onezeroone

    *an* brilliant mind? Even my 5 year old nephew doesn't make error like that.

  • July 11, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by oneblood

    I was just about to make a comment about the misuse of "an" There goes another chance to nit-pick abou bad grammar. Looks like I'll be getting the hose again.

  • July 11, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Great Picture. Miss those simpler times too.

    by PapaKin

  • July 11, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Henson was a true pioneer.

    by Monolith_Jones

    He was, like I said of Kubrick in the last TB, one of a kind. I'm surprised that more films don't utilize his studio. They did Where The Wild Things are didn't they?

  • July 11, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Wait? They're puppets?!?!?

    by SkidMarkedUndies


  • July 11, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    The pic of the day stuff is pretty gay.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • July 11, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Quint, you've outdone yourself with this one

    by Logan_1973

    This is quite unexpected. SS was a huge part of my growing up as well (I was born in '73), and pics like this seem to be rare. Thank you, Q.

  • July 11, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    About Poughkeepsie

    by I Max U Mini

    Jessica Max Stein is hosting a retrospective about Richard Hunt, the gay Muppeteer who died of AIDS related complications in 1992.

  • July 11, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Old School Awesomeness

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Thanks for the pic.

  • July 11, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    I remember the day he died

    by Chief Joseph

    I was napping and awoke to see A Current Affair or one of those tabloid shows reporting his death. I thought I was dreaming for a second. After the shock wore off, I was really pissed that the media was making a bigger deal about Sammy Davis Jr, who died the same day. I was in 7th grade at the time, so all the middle school kids were making bad jokes about Jim's death to show how macho they were. God, I hate kids that age. Thank to the internet I can finally see that memorial service.

  • July 11, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Amazing but what happened to AICN's cinematic shrimp

    by Tramway

  • July 11, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Keep up the good work, Quint

    by puto tenax

    Sorry I cannot write any more but college math is kicking my ass down Congress Avenue at the moment. You're doing an excellent job with this series. Help an old guy out and let's see some Rod Serling smoking a pack with Bill Shatner on the set of TZ.

  • July 11, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Beautiful photo

    by Diolect

    but it saddenly reminds me of how Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller are ill equipped, inexperienced, not worthy of scripting and performing in a muppet movie. Why not just let Seth MacFarlane write and direct this?

  • July 11, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Great stuff, keep up the good work.

    by kevred

    Could any image from any TV or Hollywood production of today compare to this? Henson was a true artist and great man. A fine choice here.

  • July 11, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by lbrown84

    My nephew is a big fan of SS and I have to admit the Sesame Street Website is one of the best sites I have ever seen. There is no complete episodes, but almost every "skit" you can ever want to see, including the classics are available on it.

  • July 11, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I remember Sammy Davis & Henson died on the same day.

    by Orionsangels

  • July 11, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    They played that song - Time for saying Goodbye

    by Orionsangels

    All the news outlets showed that scene from the Muppets song from the Muppets Take Manhattan. Where the Muppets sing that, Time for saying Goodbye. I balled.

  • July 11, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    there's a muslim dude

    by frank cotton

    whos held one arm up for years (like, decades even). hard to hold a job that way, but whatever...

  • July 11, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    way to cool!!

    by red5hunt

    keep it up quint!!!!

  • July 11, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    To Emerald Boy Re: Fox News

    by hecfen75

    Not to set myself up as some kind of defender of the often egregious Fox News, but your story about Fox News rushing to Henson's hq on the day of his death does not hold water. Henson died in 1990, but Fox News didn't start up until 1996. Maybe some other "news" organization did what you said (like maybe A Current Affair or something), but not Fox. The only way to fight propaganda machines is to be strictly factual on our own terms, so false urban legends must be stopped in their tracks. Back to the subject though, I still truly miss Jim Henson. My favorite Henson productions were their Christmas specials like the Christmas Toy and Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. They were heartfelt with being too treacly.

  • July 11, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Jim Henson was taken way too soon...

    by SouthSide_2010

    If he was still around we wouldn't have all these stupid assed computer animated flicks that take up all the box office business and leave brilliant films in the gutter to take third place. Rest in Peace Jim Henson, the world will never know what it would be like if you were still around...

  • July 11, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    J Henson

    by BuffDaddy

    Faked his death. He's still alive. My friend told me, he went to Hensons studios and seen him. He swears it was him. Idk but that's what he claims

  • July 11, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Thank god for those "stupid computer animated flicks"

    by FeralAngel

    Come on Southside, now really. CGI is great. Thank god it's replaced puppetry. Ever watch Cats and Dogs? The Henson company did some of the animal figures in that movie, and did they ever clash with the CGI. Looked fake as hell. Same thing with their work in 101 Dalmations. Not criticizing Jim - in my opinion, he's irreplaceable, which makes the current umpteenth attempt to revive the Muppets especially obnoxious. The guy who gave Kermit his voice and who gave the Muppets their quirky charm is dead and gone and none of the Muppet stuff that's occurred since his death has been worth a shit. It really irritates me when people want to drag stuff back from the grave just so they can relive their childhoods. Let it be, man. Let it be.

  • July 12, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    I am SO GLAD Dispicible Me is number one at the

    by RPLocke

    box office. It's been awhile since a shitty animated movie was number one.

  • July 12, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST


    by JonChambers

  • July 12, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    @FeralAngel & @emeraldboy

    by UrbanSamurai

    If you combine both your comments it perfectly reflects my opinion. It is so sad that no one took Jim Henson's place and continued in his tradition. Yes, the puppets are still around, but what they have in motion they lack in heart, soul and personality. Although Henson's puppets might have looked fake (in comparison to some of todays CGI, for their time they were the SHIT) they were loveable, intelligent and satirical. NEVER will a CGI creature replace that. Jim, you and your vision enriched my childhood. I feel sad for every kid that grows up without visiting your wacky muppet world. PEACE, dude.... Great pic, Quint, thanks so much.

  • July 12, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by m2298

    There was no Fox News in 1996, but A CURRENT AFFAIR (and local news outlets) were already broadcast by Fox Broadcasting, which began in 1986.

  • July 12, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    It's okay for puppets to look fake.

    by CreasyBear

    They're puppets. Or muppets. When the Count came on, were you like, "Oh, shit, are you kidding me? I can see the little sticks holding up the bats!"

  • July 12, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Henson and Oz

    by BizarroJerry

    Those guys were just awesome when working together. They seemed to be the focus of the Muppet/ Sesame Street stuff that you can still find funny as an adult. Ernie and Bert, Kermit and Grover, Kermit and Fozzie, Kermit and Miss Piggy. It'd be nice if this movie they're making turns out good. I have nieces and nephews, and once they're too old for Sesame Street, they almost have no exposure to the Muppets. It would be nice if that changed.

  • July 12, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    I want to go back there someday

    by Kentucky Colonel

    There's a new kids show on PBS called "Dinosaur Train" that's produced by Henson's company (ex. produced by his kids). If you haven't seen it, well, my kid is hooked on it like crack. He dosen't really care too much for TV other than Dinosaur Train & the 1933 King Kong (aka the "Monkey Movie"). And as a parent I love it too, because not only is there education going on, it can be quite funny. See and ye shall find! <p> Miss you still, Jim.

  • July 12, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    So that's how it's done!

    by BiggusDickus

    ...but who's got his hand up Obama's arse, then?

  • July 12, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Recent Muppet Broadway show

    by killianx

    I think they did one in the last couple years...I think it was a one night thing..anyone know if there is video of that?

  • July 12, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Probably not the first time Bert and Ernie...

    by HoboCode

    have had fingers up their asses. Oh SNAP! I kid the gays.

  • July 12, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Love it, even though...

    by donkingkong

    You just destroyed the mystery.

  • July 12, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    political smack on aicn tb's

    by slickerynodes

    is as much fun as Henson being dead. <p> save it for the rally buddy.

  • July 12, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    nick park is the current gen's henson

    by JAMF

    except he uses clay, but still... he makes old school stuff in a cgi world.

  • July 12, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    great pic!!!!!

    by clustercuss

  • July 12, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    fakeing death

    by clustercuss

    I wish someone would and comeback many years later... that would bw crazy cool.

  • July 12, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Henson looks like a gentle version of James Cameron

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • July 12, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    "They were loveable, intelligent and satirical"

    by mortsleam

    "NEVER will a CGI creature replace that." Except Woody, Buzz, Rex, Hamm, Potato Head, Slinky Dog et al.

  • July 13, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    "Jim... PLEASE remember your deodorant next time"

    by Jaka

    Really cool pic. I'm probably lame or something, but I don't think I've ever seen those masters actually working the puppets. I loves me some Muppets, so I've probably just subconsciously kept away from behind the scenes stuff in that regard. Keeping the magic "real" and all that.

  • July 13, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Recycled Photos.

    by AzzyAzzy

    I saved these pics years ago, thanks to random 'stumbles' on the internet. Now they're 'news' on aicn. The next thing you know, we'll be reading stories about how Harry got some new toy. Like a fucking iPad. Heaven forbid we actually have stories about FUCKING MOVIES that are NEWS which might be COOL. Tomorrow on AICN, an image via google! Awesome!

  • July 13, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by Chadley BeBay

    I really hope you aren't serious about Seth McFarlane.... And for the record FAMILY GUY FUCKING SUCKS. Its only funny to people who don't understand humour, and its only 'clever' to people who have no concept of actual 'WRITING' not fucking throwing worn out old jokes around, and going for tasteless 'shock value.' you gotta earn that shit, and Seth McFarlane has earned exactly shit. He is a FUCKING HACK.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by Chadley BeBay

    Seth McFarlane= bullshit squared.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Would people please stfu about AICN and news

    by Jaka

    No, this is not "news". It was NEVER presented as "news". It's a column about behind the scenes movie photos. Most of us haven't seen them. So kindly stfu and go masturbate with some steel wool.

  • July 14, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    How about a behind the scenes pic from Basic Instinct

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 20, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy, you're kidding? Reporters tried to get interviews?

    by Coughlins Laws

    In other news, the sky is blue...