Puppeteering 101 with Jim Henson

In light of today’s Daily List, it’s totally appropriate to feature this 1969 segment from Iowa Public Television’s Volume See program in which Jim Henson offers up easy ways that viewers can create and work their own Muppets. It’s a fascinating look into how Henson approached his craft, punctuated by intriguing glimpses into his private life. (For some reason the offhand remark about Henson’s kids playing with store-bought puppets seems especially striking). The video runs 15 minutes, so set aside some time before sitting down to watch. And a warning: Topless Robot is not responsible for the feelings of bittersweet nostalgia and crying jags that watching this will cause. Perhaps you can cheer yourself up afterwards by downing some Chewbacca-topped wine?