31 Genius Facts About Jim Henson how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast Mental Floss

1. Did you know that jim henson coined the term "muppet" in the 1950s while working on TV? Contrary to popular belief, the word is not a combination of "puppet" and "marionette." henson said, "it was really just a term we made up," since he did very few things with marionettes.

2. In the muppet movie’s opening scene, kermit sings "the rainbow connection" sitting on a log in a swamp. That scene wasn’t as simple as it looked. To get the shot just right, jim henson had to crouch inside a custom-made diving bell submerged under water.

5. Henson made the original kermit out of his mother’s old turquoise coat. At the time, kermit wasn’t a frog; he was just an abstract lizard with a dissected ping-pong ball for eyes. Over the years, kermit gained the frog collar, turned green, and grew webbed feet. As henson put it: "we frogified him."

6. If you want to know how much henson cared about how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast his art, this might give you a good indication: while making a commercial for southern bread, henson decided he wanted to have an archer shoot an how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast apple off the head of a muppet. So he hired an archer, stuck his hand in the muppet’s head, and placed an apple right on top. The archer stood twenty yards back and hit the apple how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast on the first shot, but because henson didn’t like how it looked on camera, he had the archer do it four more times, shooting at his hand—which was a very valuable hand! Fortunately he’d hired a very excellent archer. That’s a great rule for business in general, actually: never hire a second-rate archer. Unless it’s jennifer lawrence. Jennifer lawrence you should hire for any job, obviously.

7. Jim henson’s creativity was inspired by his grandmother, dear. She taught him to draw, and paint, and sew, and amazingly all those skills would come in pretty handy. When henson finally completed college, taking time off to work on his show and art how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast in between, his degree was in home economics.

14. And lucas wasn’t henson’s only friend from the science fiction world. Jim henson was also good friends with douglas adams, author of the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. They even collaborated on projects, like the labyrinth video game.

15. Speaking of collaborations, the swedish chef has two human hands and is performed how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast by two puppeteers simultaneously. Henson and frank oz performed the character together, with henson voicing the "hoargie-boargie" puppet. Frank oz performed both of the puppet’s live hands, allowing him to execute the detailed and expressive hand motions how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast and handle the equipment in the chef’s kitchen.

17. Henson hired designer don sahlin to build many of the how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast most popular characters. Sahlin perfected the sewing technique called the "henson stitch," a way of hiding fabric seams so that the puppets how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast would look realistic on TV, even in close-ups.

18. And henson and sahlin collaborated to create the "magic triangle," a way of positioning the eyes and nose and mouth how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast of a puppet so that it appears that the eyes how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast are actually focusing. This is part of what makes all the henson characters how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast look alive compared to other puppets.

20. Jim henson had a specific and somewhat lofty purpose in how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast creating fraggle rock. He wanted to end war by teaching kids about peaceful how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast conflict resolution. Duncan kenworthy, who produced the show said, "obviously, if you were going to change the world’s ideas about how to resolve conflict, you had to start with children. And so we began." this from a man who either blew up his puppets how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast or had them eat each other.

22. Fraggle rock was filmed in toronto but it was designed how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast to work around the world, you know, so that it could end war and everything. From the start, henson intended to do co-production in various countries where the show would air, replacing doc and his dog with culturally-relevant native counterparts, and avoiding taboo topics that could present problems in certain how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast cultures. And these co-productions did happen in france and germany and the UK, but in 90 other countries, they just dubbed the show.

23. I’ve been a bit hard on fraggle rock’s ambition to, you know, end war, but fraggle rock was a hit in the soviet union. In fact in 1989, soviet television ran an episode of fraggle rock and it how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast immediately received 3000 fan letters. Soon, both fraggle rock and the muppet show aired in the how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast USSR, making them the first western shows broadcast on soviet TV.

24. Henson wrote the 16-page treatment for the dark crystal while snowed-in at a howard johnson hotel during a blizzard. As he wrote in his diary, "it’s such a wonderful challenge to design an entire world—new kinds of life, vegetation, etc. Like no one has seen before."

25. And henson was never afraid to experiment with new technologies—like emmet otter’s jug-band christmas was the first time he used radio-controlled puppetry. The technology was based on the work of some NASA how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast engineers and not only allowed him to manipulate the critters’ mouths, but also allowed for puppets that could, like, row and steer boats in water.

26. Believe it or not, the muppet show was turned down by all three U.S. TV networks before being picked up by the british TV how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast mogul, lord lew grade. It went on to become one of the most successful how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast TV shows ever, airing in 106 countries to over 235 million viewers.

30. In 1986, henson was asked to contribute some thoughts for a book how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast called the courage of conviction that ended up not being how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast published, but this writing finally surfaced in a book called jim how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast henson: the works, the art, the magic, the imagination which celebrated henson’s life’s work. He concluded by writing, "at some point in my life I decided, rightly or wrongly, that there are many situations in this life that I how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast can’t do much about—acts of terrorism, feelings of nationalistic prejudice, cold war, etc.—so what I should do is concentrate on the situations how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast that my energy can affect … I believe that we can use television and film to how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast be an influence for good; that we can help to shape the thoughts of children how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast and adults in a positive way. As it has turned out, I’m very proud of some of the work we’ve done, and I think we can do many more good things."

31. Before he died, henson wrote up instructions for how his memorial service should how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast be held. He insisted that no one wear black, and that a dixieland jazz band end the service with how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast "when the saints go marching in." he wrote, "it would be lovely if some of the people who how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast sing would do a song or two, some of which should be quite happy and joyful. It would be nice if some of close friends would how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast say a few nice, happy words about how much we enjoyed doing this stuff how to get rid of acne scars on cheeks fast together."

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