Jim Henson Research Paper

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What is the image you think about when you hear puppet theatre? Multiple people think of a hand, finger, sock, string puppets or the famous Jim Henson’s The Muppets. There are many different kinds of puppetry. Many people see puppetry as an ancient art style that engages storytelling. Numerous people of all ages take pleasure in sharing this imaginary world. Puppetry has been around a long time and used in many countries. In America Jim Henson created The Muppets, the Vietnamese developed water puppetry, and Japan invented Bunraku puppets. The most popular puppetry in America is Jim Henson’s The Muppets. He was considered to be inventive in social, music, dimensional, verbal, and kinesthetic. He became skilled at connecting these to develop the Muppet productions filled with humor, music, visual gags, brilliant colors, and thoughtful messages. Many people remember Kermit the…show more content…
People also, remember Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Elmo, the Grouch, Bert and Ernie. Jim Henson redeveloped the world of puppet theatre and opened up a new concept for puppetry. “Henson understood the power of television. He didn’t use the static traditional puppet theater. He opened it up by having the cameras focus on the puppets. By keeping the puppeteers out of the frame, Henson liberated the puppets and their puppeteers, allowing them to move more freely and take on a life of their own” (Ruinsky, 2011). Sesame Street is used to educate children and grants adults to go back to their childhood without losing their self-respect. The Muppets are more flexible than normal puppets that allows important facial expressions and fascinating body contortions. McPharlin wrote, "Like no other puppets on the American scene, the Muppets are imaginative creations which suggest, but do not imitate human or animal forms, and are

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