Was it premonition? Sadly, Henson died still fully engaged in his company (including negotiations with Disney to take over the business) at only age 53. Jones's biography, like Henson's life, ends abruptly. Up to then, Jones covers the subject with the completeness afforded by intimate access to the still-fresh memories of family, friends, co-workers, and company archives. While one measure of the success and celebrity of Henson is that we all feel we have some claim to know him because of hours watching his creative output on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Jones is able to uncover fascinating new back story to the man and his Muppets. For instance,
In the end even though there were failures (TV executives took years to accept that Muppets were more than just a kid's entertainment, non-Muppet content like The Dark Crystal was often overlooked or misunderstood) the story of Jim Henson and his art is as uplifting and wholesome and inspiring as I hoped it would be. If you can't admit to liking a particular Muppet or show (The Muppets Christmas Carol is my favorite version and one of my all time favorite movies) you are either lying or emotionally stunted. And Jones's biography makes me appreciate the magic and the man even more.
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