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“The Blarg” gets some love from the popular letter-collecting site right here.

Be sure to check it out, especially if you’re a Muppet fan. The entry features not only my letter from Big Bird, but also a handwritten letter from Jim Henson writing to the Swedish Trade Office in 1983… in the voice of the Swedish Chef. Pretty awesome.

Learn more about “Letters of Note” here.

Sadly, our kids won’t know what letters were… or polar bears,

-Shady

…with this new holiday video from the Henson Company:

Ding dong,

-Shady

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I first saw Jim Henson’s experimental art film “Time Piece” in 2001, during the first (and only) Muppet convention in Santa Monica. (MuppetFest was awesome, so shut it!)

Started as a personal project, Henson would go on to storyboard, write, direct and star in the film starting in the spring of 1964. It premiered in May 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art, and was even nominated for an Academy Award in the category of “Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects” in 1966.

Since 2001, I’ve tried to track down the film online. Finally, someone put it on YouTube. Awesome.

So here it is, Jim Henson’s “Time Piece” in all its jazzy glory. You can totally see how it would go on to influence some of the shorts from “Sesame Street” years later.

Be sure to keep an eye out for brief cameos from Frank Oz (with a full head of hair) as a messenger boy, Muppet designer Don Sahlin as a stand-up comic, and head Muppet writer Jerry Juhl as a bartender.

When you’re done, check out this short “behind the scenes” segment on the making of “Time Piece.”

Help,

-Shady

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