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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is for the lovers, the dreamers and me!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Yesterday I saw a film at the SXSW Film Festival called Being Elmo about puppeteer Kevin Clash who is now famous for… well, being Elmo. The doc is great (review coming soon), but it gets very emotional as we follow Kevin’s story of getting to meet, work with and befriend his idol Jim Henson. The film touches upon the memorial for Henson, which is heartbreaking to me… If you’ve never experienced it, click here for a sad taste.

So, I was in a Henson mood and decided to dig up this great shot of the man and his most famous creation. This photo isn’t very rare, a great deal of you will probably have seen it before, but it’s one of the best portraits of the man ever taken. It brings a tear to my eye and a smile to my lips at the same time.

Enjoy and click for a much bigger version.

 

 

Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic will creep you out!

-Quint
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  • March 13, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    That doc does sound like a good one..

    by alienindisguise

    looking forward to seeing it.

  • March 13, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Genius

    by THX1968

    Not a term I level upon any person very frequently, but Jim Henson was a beloved and pure genius.

  • March 13, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Damn

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Shouldn't have clicked on that memorial link...

  • March 13, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Advertising

    by THX1968

    Henson got his start in advertising, long before Sesame Street, etc. This La Choy ad will always make me laugh. The mom tugging her son away from the dragon, the shopkeeper putting out the fire - very funny stuff. Check it out: <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4bfdaR4xMeU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

  • March 13, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Damn Talk Back

    by THX1968

    Go to YouTube and type in "La Choy Dragon".

  • March 13, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    "Aaah...You must unlearn what you've learned..."

    by ObiBen

  • March 13, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Not a fan

    by proevad

    didn't even like muppets when i was a kid. well, except for wanting to bone that dark crystal elf.

  • March 13, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Damn Fine Job, Quint

    by puto tenax

    Keep 'em coming. Helluva photo I've never seen. I appreciate the post.

  • March 13, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Forget Elmo

    by bthree78

    Kevin Clash was Splinter!

  • March 13, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Fond, sad memories.

    by Nick Michalak

    Beautiful and gorgeous photo. Makes me smile. Thank you, Quint.

  • March 13, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    You'll stop your whinging, you shitty little pantysniffers

    by Star Hump

    This is your pic of the day and you damn well better learn to love it.

  • March 13, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Great pic, great man.

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Nuff said. Haters should kindly fuck off ...

  • March 13, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    tx for the pic Quint,Henson was truly a Legend

    by KilliK

  • March 13, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Can we PLEASE

    by Matt

    get back the complete list of all the previously posted BTSP?? Thanks in advance.

  • March 13, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Re: ginge-muppet

    by Clavius

    Wholeheartedly agree all counts. If you don't love the Muppets, then your heart is composed entirely of the blackest tar, harvested straight from Satan's ass. I would gladly set Snooki on fire then pitch her into the deepest chasm to have Jim Henson walk the earth once again. Actually, i'd do that anyway free of charge, but I think you get the point.

  • March 13, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    zdfdsfsdfsda

    by sdfsdg

    sdfasfsaf++6das

  • March 13, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    sesame street vs muppet show

    by zom-bot.com

    from childhood to adulthood, classic sesame streets are more entertaining and often laugh out loud funnier than the muppet show, which seems so dry. i guess it was groundbreaking at the time, and better than a lot of crap that was on tv in primetime. the guest spots on S.Street are often refreshing and warm- the overly scripted bits with stars on the muppet show were often cringe worthy.

  • March 13, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    oh and,

    by zom-bot.com

    MANAMANAH!

  • March 13, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    The Snooki comment is off base

    by jameskpolk

    Most of us would be willing to pitch her off a cliff anyway.

  • March 13, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    pure magic..fuck CG

    by FleshMachine

    puppets rool!

  • March 13, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    @fleshmachine... "rool"???

    by CoolFrood

    Fleshmachine Rules!!!

  • March 13, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    you guys are both wrong.

    by zom-bot.com

    ciderhouse rules!

  • March 13, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Ew, Jim, go wash. You'll get warts

    by FeralAngel

    Seriously. What is it with some of the Muppet love here? I though geeks were into cutting-edge tech and new ideas and innovation. Why some here just lurrv them some Muppets, and declare that those of us who are indifferent to or just unimpressed by them must therefore have no soul is astonishing to me. Amusing too, though, and I have to admit to a touch of pity for those so obsessed with articulated armwear. When I was a kid, I watched this show called The Banana Splits, and it involved people in furry animal suits. I loved that show to death, but now? I take comfort in the fact that kids have no taste. Anyway, the Muppet Movie, which I saw the other day with the kids via Netflix, is still kinda fun, in a hippy-ish, 1970's kind of way. Kids were bored stiff though. Afterwards we watched Ponyo - now that they liked!

  • March 13, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Agree with zombot

    by FeralAngel

    I saw the Muppet show first-run, and thought it was unique, but seldom laughed at it. Very meanspirited stuff, it seemed to me. But occasionally Sesame Street did make me laugh, esp. when Cookie Monster would spot the object of his infatuation and growl: "COOOOKIEEE!!!" Cracked me up every time.

  • March 13, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Probably my favourite pic so far

    by henrydalton

    Do I really need to say why. Thanks for that one, Quint.

  • March 13, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    I was always interested in the more obscure Muppet characters...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...likw Lew Zealnd, Roosevelt Franklin or the most frightening Muppet ever (for me anyway), Mr. Snuffle-up-agus. It scared the hell out of me as a kid that no one could see him but Big Bird.

  • March 13, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    anyone who claims they don't laugh at Muppets..

    by vin_diggler

    I challenge you to go watch the classic Aliens meet a telephone short and not laugh. It is one of the funniest sesame street sketches ever!

  • March 13, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    YAYYYYYY!!!!

    by macheesmo3

    anything with muppets (especially Kermit or Fozzy) makes me immediately 8 years old.... Man I loved the Muppet Show and all the movies........

  • March 13, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    No lie, this made me tear up a bit.

    by shutupfanboy

    Training my nephew on Muppets, he loves it. Next stop Star Wars. Henson will always be remembered. Doc sounds good too.

  • March 13, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Don't care

    by ames prather

    I don't care if this picture has been posted before. I don't care if the hardcore fanboys don't like it. I don't care if anyone was never a fan of the Muppets. Growing up with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show I really did love the brilliance of Henson and company and I think this is a wonderful picture of the man. Thanks for sharing it. ??Pseudo?? Out.

  • March 13, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Even seeing Kermit sitting on Henson's hand

    by iakobos

    he (Kermit) is still a living breathing person to me. Thanks Jim for bringing Kermit to life and for all the great memories.

  • March 13, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    mean-spirited? and vaudeville cheesy

    by mrgray

    What kind of Polyanna upbringing did you have if you consider the Muppet Show jokes mean-spirited? I won't deny that sometimes Kermit lost his temper or Piggy got bitchy, but mean-spirited? Not on the show's worst episodes. As for the charge that the show wasn't funny, I think it helps to know that most of the gags were purposely written vaudeville-cheesy. I'll take a bad pun from a Muppet over the cringe-inducing over-the-top forced yuks from your average Two and a Half Bang Theory Your Mother any day.

  • March 13, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    As good as that Memorial clip is, the Big Bird one

    by Cartagia

    makes me cry like a fucking baby whenever I watch it. YouTube it if you want. Carol Spinney as Big Bird singing "It Ain't Easy Being Green", and the CRYING at the end. Big Bird crying. That fucking destroyed me the first time I watched it two to three years ago.

  • March 13, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Rango is totally fucking awesome

    by Bobo_Vision

    There's even a cameo by an animated Hunter S. Thompson. The trailers didn't do this film justice. Best of 2011 so far.

  • March 13, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    CARTAGIA!!!!!

    by unkempt_sock

    Which video?, my internets are weak and I cannot find it.

  • March 13, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Why?

    by DrMorbius

    "Why are there so many, songs about rainbows . . . (and Mr. Henson) What's on the other side . . .?

  • March 13, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Right now, Nordling is in New York City....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...tucked away in his bed, getting ready to wake up early to go visit the statue of Liberty.

  • They were going to do a show and when they found he was gone they were backing out because they were too sad. Then one of them (prolly Kermit but don't quote me) started singing and then all the characters started singing in honor of their creator and friend. This was an old video tape recording of tv's greatest moments hosted by Jimmy Smits. Very touching stuff.

  • March 13, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    The Muppet Show

    by Err

    The Muppet Show is still one of the best programs television has managed to provide us. Kermit is an everyman and to have that embodied in a frog speaks volumes of Jim Henson. That show produced some great moments (IE: The ENTIRE Harry Belafonte episode, any song by Kermit, etc.) This picture could be freshly dug up or been circulating the nets for years, it doesn't matter. The memories it brings are cherished.

  • March 13, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Remember in Angel Heart......

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...when Mickey Rourke fucked Denise Huxtable, and her nipples stood up like thimbles, and then they were covered in blood, and she was screaming like she was being raped? Remember that? <p> How does that make you feel?

  • March 14, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    unkempt_sock

    by Cartagia

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZyMptC2eQ That one right there.

  • March 14, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Awesome pic. though, about Elmo--

    by Dennis_Moore

    Nothing personal toward Kevin Clash, but Elmo ruined Sesame Street.

  • March 14, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST

    oh and zombot,

    by JethroBodine

    You just made my shit list for sticking that song in my head at 1:45 a.m.!

  • March 14, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    KERMIT IS A PUPPET?!?!?!?

    by Goodplacetoshoveit

  • March 14, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    @dennis_more: yep, agreed

    by mrgray

    It's not really the fault of Clash or even the character. I more blame CTW for hopping on a character they saw as a merchandising goldmine and pushing him to the front as THE Sesame monster character. I grew up on the earlier stuff and Grover was my favorite of the monsters. I watch those old episodes and the newer ones with Elmo as the star and it's clear to me that where Grover was a fun supporting character for kids to cheer, Elmo *panders* to kids, and that's a huge difference. Elmo's high, sing-songy, artificially child-like voice combined with his bright red coloration and relentless cheery disposition all strike me as marketing. Not that my parents never bought me shit with Grover on it (my first album was Over, Under, Through on vinyl), but it wasn't as insane as it is now with Elmo. Maybe the documentary would change my mind about the intent of the character, but I just can't take him. He's too aggravating by half and for someone like me who holds Grover so dear it's like a betrayal. I'd rather listen to Telly complain about something silly than hear Elmo sing about how tra-la-la frigging happy he is to get a hug.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:35 a.m. CST

    The Muppet Show - Greatest TV show in history

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    A variety show with muppets lasted 5 seasons.

  • March 14, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Yet there is more more whining

    by Star Hump

    and from arkhaminmate001 this time, more twat bitching about no new fresh news or some such shit. This afterbirth even typed "yawn." These submentals are fucking relentless. When will a tsunami come and sweep THEM away? God? No answer. This is Jim Henson. This is Kermit. This is a behind the scenes look at how the magic was created. It's totally moving. I almost wish I hadn't looked. We're talking the Muppets here. We weren't supposed to see this. This, the most magical of entertainments, especially Kermit.

  • March 14, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    These young whippersnappers today don't know what theymissed.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    At least Sesame Street is still here, but if you were about ten when Muppet Show was in its prime then you lived at the peak time for kids tv ever.

  • March 14, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    http://www.chic-goods.com/

    by chicgoods71

    Wonderful. Share a website with you , put this url in google sirch (http://www.chic-goods.com/ ) Believe you will love it. We accept any form of payment.

  • March 14, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Why this is an iconic image.

    by Ingeld

    It evokes the ridiculous and sublime. Henson looking like Christ--complete with headset that evokes the crown of thorns--contemplates his greatest creation--sprung from his mind, animated by his will--yet individual and real in itself. Kermit looks upon his creator with understanding, but also slightly perplexed--unaware of what is below--his absolute dependency on his creator. That's the sublime. The ridiculous, of course, is that it is a green frog puppet and its puppeter that invokes this.

  • March 14, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Snuffleupagus

    by Essemtee

    He called Big Bird just "Bird", cuz they were roughly the same height. Oh, and the bemused reaction I got from my mom, when at 5 years old, I wondered out loud if Barkley was a real dog. (I was 5!!!)

  • March 14, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    ingeld

    by Bobo_Vision

    That was sublime.

  • March 14, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    I'm with star hump and ingeld

    by oisin5199

    In my opinion, Jim Henson is probably the closest we've come to producing a god in entertainment. Not just because he was genius, but he created a world that he actively ran and inhabited. The man defines the word magic. He was an alchemist with felt. This pic demonstrates that. If that's not "geek, cutting edge" then kindly fuck off. I tried that link to the Jim Henson memorial and could only get through about 20 seconds before I had to turn it off. Anything involving Henson, particularly his death, will leave me weeping like a little girl. I rewatched the 1st 3 seasons on dvd of the Muppet Show with my daughter. And we loved it. They seriously don't make them like they used to - this was family friendly, but still written as if the audience were adults. It's in the classic vaudeville and British music hall tradition, not just in the comedy, but even the musical numbers (especially those very British numbers that were cut from the American broadcasts). It was genius from beginning to end. I wish they could do another show, possibly a behind the scenes Garry Shandling type of show within a show deal with celebrities and stuff. It would fit today's meta sensibilities. Could be a great satire of the entertainment biz. I just hope Segal doesn't fuck this movie up. one more thing. If Dr. Teeth = Dr. John, does Ralph = Tom Waits? I'll give you 2 guesses who my favorite Muppet is.

  • March 14, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Jim Henson

    by Bluejack

    was a genius. "The Rainbow Connection" is a beautiful song. If you didn't like "The Muppet Show" or at least appreciate it, you have a cold dark soul. Thanks for the picture.

  • March 14, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Beautiful pic

    by NightArrows

    I've never seen it, and highlights the magic of Jim and that show and of all those fond memories from childhood. The unappreciative cynics, and those who say "it was never funny" or "I never understood the appeal", well, I truly feel sad for you. Because these shows were magic for kids. Hilarious, entertaining, warm, they were incredible all-round. And arkhaminmate001, you want some news? This just in: You're a tard!

  • March 14, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Fantastic image.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And heartbreaking.

  • March 14, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Just don't get it

    by proevad

    I would never trust a grown man who spends all his time playing with dolls, but that's just me. It's a mostly free world.

  • March 14, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Better than we deserve...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Kinda' glad he isn't around to see what cynical and bitter fucks we've all become. Bob Ross too.

  • March 14, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Almost looks like they're having a conversation...

    by darthderp

    Very easy for me to look past the fact that Kermit has no legs, looks like the two of them are just shooting the breeze while taking a break from filming. Anyone who weeped at the Henson tribute on youtube; if you want to really punish yourself, try to find the clip when Big Bird and the Sesame Street cast say goodbye to Mr. Hooper. Have a hanky ready....

  • March 14, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Skeksis got me laid

    by evergreen

    Nails digging in, head on my shoulder... Jim Henson was a genius.

  • March 14, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Nice flash of the wedding band, too

    by darthderp

    Can't really explain why that caught my eye, but it just adds a subtle touch to the photo that I like. Maybe because I sometimes wonder what it takes for someone like Henson, or Disney for another example, to generate periods of creative genius like that; the wedding ring reminds me that, yup; they're human like the rest of us.... But that's just me....

  • March 14, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I met Henson at Disney shortly before he died

    by disfigurehead

    Nice guy. The Muppet Movie is so great.

  • March 14, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    great picture

    by Wookie_1995

    I've never seen it before. Can't wait to check out Elmo Doc.

  • March 14, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    "Submental"? "Afterbirth"?

    by FeralAngel

    Better move away from the cage, Martha, the monkeys are throwing poo again.

  • March 14, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Wedding ring

    by FeralAngel

    I read somewhere - I think right after he croaked, heheh - that ol' Jim didn't take that wedding ring, or his wedding vows, too seriously. Talk about a cold, dark soul - he cheated like mad, and his employees helped him do it. The family has done its best to keep it quiet, as per quashing a biography and buying a movie script based on Jim's life and then sitting on it. Maybe this knowledge has colored my view of him, and by extension, his work; I don't know. I doubt it, because I knew nothing of his philandering and chemical romances at the time the Muppet show was airing. I only knew that it was impressive technically - for a puppet show - but not that entertaining overall. As I mentioned, Sesame Street is what made me laugh sometimes. Exchanges like this: Grover: That was a waiter joke! Customer: Well, don't wait for the laugh! Are what stick in my mind. You like what you like, but elevating puppets as avatars for some kind of geek religion is a bit much. And then acting as if you're intellectually superior for doing so is beyond the pale. Just sayin'.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    LOL @ feralangel

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    You don't really believe everything you read on the interwebs, do you? Regardless of what Jim may or may not have done in his private life, it certainly does not taint what he did in his professional life. That's what we're fans of.

  • March 14, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    If you don't want to cry, don't watch these clips!

    by Royston Lodge

    Big Bird singing at Jim Henson's memorial service: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZyMptC2eQ Big Bird learns that Mr. Hooper is dead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NjFbz6vGU8

  • March 14, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    roystonlodge - very cool. Great pic, Quint. Thanks.

    by Mennen

  • March 14, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    bobovision... blow me;)

    by Mennen

  • March 14, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    rainbow connection

    by gooseud

    The only song on the planet where simply the opening banjo riff is enough to reduce 96% of adult males between the ages of 30-45 to blubbering tears.....those are the 96% with a soul. Plain and simple, if you are like "Meh, I was never really into the Muppets, Sesame Street, or the Muppet Show, I just never got it", you are either 21 or a troll. Or Satan.

  • March 14, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Nothing can TOP The Christmas Toy!

    by WaveBoy

    Watched it again last Christmas and it lit up the child sparks in my heart. ;p total classic!

  • March 14, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    mennen, that job belongs to your Uncle

    by Bobo_Vision

  • March 14, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Makes me hungry for some fried frog legs.

    by IronEagle74

    Anyone wanna join me? They taste like chicken, honestly.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Kevin

    by majortom25

    I got to meet Kevin and elmo at the special muppets thing here on long island in 2007. HE showed us how he does everything and We got to take pictures with elmo (found out elmo LOOOOVVEES wines lol). HE was a cool guy I also got to meet Mrs Henson .She of course liked seasame street more then the muppets because she helped with sesame street. I asked Her what her husband would have thought about Disney owning the muppets and she stated her husband has said to her that if One other company were to OWN the mupptets besides his he would want it to be Disney. I am glad that they are now in good hands and I am also glad that the people who create the Seasame street series now own them also.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Anyone who likes Jim Henson

    by shran

    and all of his creations is alright by me.

  • March 16, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    this is a wonderful picture.

    by NorthTronic

    this movie brings back such good memories. wonderful memories.