Friday, July 10, 2009
Those of us who grew up with Jim Henson's delightful creations on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show may be surprised with his earlier work...a bit "OUT THERE". Worked with the composer Raymond (Bugs Bunny influencer) Scott on several avant-garde audio bits...and those wonderfully violent Wilkins Coffee commercials (I'll have to show some of those , soon!)...great stuff.
This clip is from "Sam And Friends", which taped and aired in Washington DC between 1955 and 1961. The dude in the shades is Harry the Hipster, and the square fellow is Kermit (not yet "The Frog" - still missing his collar!). This bit was redone several times: on Ed Sullivan in 1966, and on Sesame Street in 1971.