Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The prologue of the new Jim Henson biography...

...describes the taping of this scene from "Sesame Street" in 1973.

"Joey--in a pink striped shirt with her long blond hair tied at the top of her head--was moved into position on a stool while Jim knelt on the floor next to her. Slowly he raised Kermit up beside her, eyeing the Muppet's position on a video monitor in front of his crouched knees. Joey's eyes locked immediately on Kermit. The frog was no mere puppet; Kermit was real."

When Joey deviated from the script by giggling "Cookie Monster" several times during the song, "all eyes in the studio were on the frog, waiting to see what Jim would do."

He just rolled with it, getting through the song, then having Kermit skulk away in exasperation.

"Joey stared after him. 'I love you,' she said, matter-of-factly.

"Jim bounced Kermit eagerly back toward the little girl. 'I love you too,' he said warmly.

"'Thanks,' said Joey. And she draped an arm around Kermit and kissed him on the head."

Looking forward to the rest of the book.

No comments:

Post a Comment