Henson Celebrates 60 Years

The Jim Henson Company is honoring its founder, Jim Henson (born on Sept. 24, 1936), by celebrating the 60th anniversary of the company he created.

April 6, 2018

Henson Celebrates 60 Years

Range of events and exhibits will mark the anniversary.


Over the last 60 years, the company has established itself as a leader in family entertainment and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. The company is also home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, a character-building and visual effects group, as well as Henson Recording Studios.

The Company is currently in production on the fourth season of the Emmy-nominated PBS Kids series “Dinosaur Train,” and “Word Party,” a new preschool series for Netflix that is set to premiere in 2016. Several other new productions are also in the works.

Upcoming events to celebrate the anniversary include:

ToughPigs.com “Unboxing with The Jim Henson Company”–The gang from the fan site ToughPigs.com will visit with Karen Falk, The Jim Henson Company’s archivist, and “unbox” treasures from the company’s archives.

The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal

Fan Film Competition–Fans will have to chance to show off their cosplay talents.

Jim Henson family screenings–Local family screening events around the country will feature classic Henson content, beginning with New York’s Museum of the Moving Image Fall Family Day on Sept. 26, which will feature puppet making and screenings of “Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid


Additional screenings locations include the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, among others.

The Jim Henson Gallery: Starting Nov. 14, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Ga., will open its new Worlds of Puppetry Museum featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson’s puppets and artifacts donated by the Henson family.

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

: A new movie premiering on Lifetime on Nov. 21, based on a story by Jim Henson and longtime writing partner Jerry Juhl recently discovered in the company’s archives. This new holiday movie stars Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington and Chis “Ludacris” Bridges and creatures from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

60 Years of Henson-By The Numbers


episodes of animated television produced.


puppets donated by the Henson family to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta for the new permanent Jim Henson Collection Gallery.


dog puppets built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in the last 60 years, including Sprocket from “Fraggle Rock” (1983), the Storyteller’s dog in “The Storyteller” (1987), and Princess from Henson Alternative’s “No, You Shut Up!,” currently airing on Fusion.


Emmy wins.


television series produced by The Jim Henson Company since 1955.


Academy Awards presented to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.


The height, in inches, of the smallest puppets made by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the animatronic mice created for 

The Witches




2 The height, in inches, of the smallest puppets made by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the animatronic mice created for

The Witches


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