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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:32 pm

Erik Adams of The Onion AV Club reviews our Henson Rarities channel:
Thank heavens for the VHS junkie, the VCR jockey, and the other nonprofessional, copyright-flouting cultural archivists preserving the not-so-recent, videotaped past on the internet. In the highly specialized field of Muppet preservation, there’s no more valuable public resource than Henson Rarities, a YouTube channel overseen by artist, writer, and filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist. Gilchrist has pulled hours and hours of Jim Henson- and Muppet-related footage from video-cassette sources, keeping commercially unavailable odds and ends like The Muppets Go To The Movies, The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show, and The Jim Henson Hour (the last of which proved handy for me on a recent assignment) in circulation. In addition to pulling Sam And Friends and Muppet Inc.’s anarchic advertising work back from broadcast oblivion, the channel also collects material that didn’t make it to air, like the pilot presentation for Handmade Video (a proto-reality show starring, among others, Dana Gould) or video footage from Henson’s 1991 memorial service in New York. Putting aside the ghoulish and voyeuristic subtext of the latter, the memorial service does serve as a testament to the amount of joy, kindness, and humor that Henson put out into the world—then again, that’s the takeaway from nearly every video on Henson Rarities. [Erik Adams]

http://www.avclub.com/article/political ... -ji-228209

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8Jxj ... rid&view=0
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:09 pm

Ah, this is the death of the show that everyone was talking about without naming names. That and the move to HBO.

A certain departing headwriter had basically said that he'd battled for the soul of the show and lost.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3053556/behi ... er-puppets
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Rugratskid » Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:58 am

Not sure if you've seen this yet, found it by accident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft-sBYcLKp8

I remember there was a incredibly low quality copy of these "Muppets at Walt Disney World" bloopers and these a lot less pixelated; it's not the best quality but it looks better. Just thought I'd share this in case you missed this copy.
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:31 pm

Hey, great!
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:38 am

Here's my restoration of "Dog City," from laserdisc, VHS and DVD sources, as posted by someone who isn't me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asot12kMu0A

People have been asking for it, so here we are -- I've posted just the songs from various Muppet and Jim Henson rarities at our Youtube channel. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x93Fp3c ... J_&index=1

I also wanted to post the ridiculous "Birthday" song from "Little Mermaid's Island" -- which I may very well post for people's birthdays ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH8kTAK6hm8
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:06 am

Heads up, Muppet fans. ABC Family's broadcast of Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977) contained footage which has never been seen in any airing or video of the special until now.

The opening song "The One Bathing Suit That Your Grandma Otter Wore" is uncut, with verses that were cut out previously.

I'll need our resident expert David A Scott Jr to go over the whole thing, but he had to fake that song by repeating some footage. This is actually the genuine footage.

It's now up at a torrent site somewhere.

The airing is cropped, watermarked and non-interlaced, so it's not super useable. It's quite an ugly copy for our HD times. But wow. I wonder if there will be an amended video release.

"Sweet Grandma's eyes" is where the new footage starts. The whole verse about "her bathing suit that made her famous" is new footage, different from what we've seen previously. It leads directly to Wendell without cutting, and shows a bird -- and Wendell -- who were always on the soundtrack only.

I think the whole thing is sped up once we reach Wendell. But I believe the "new" footage that precedes it is playing at the correct speed. I understand the special is sped up in general, with cuts. But I wouldn't be surprised if there was an effort to run the rare footage at the correct speed.

"Fall off the dock" is present, for a start, and so is Kermit. There seems to have been an effort to present a more complete version of the special here. I'm willing to bet that, like the DVD release, someone really cared here, and it wasn't just a case of accidentally grabbing a tape no one had grabbed before.

Lunch with the upper crust, dinner at the club. High on the hog when there ain't no cuts in the opening.


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Kermit's opening and closing scenes are restored. His narration is missing. Some of the cut stuff ("Fall off the dock, We're off to a slow start, etc.") is there.

"Ain't No Hole in the Washtub" is cut, a scene with the Riverbottom Gang riding into a fruit stand before going into the music shop is cut, the scene when Emmet and his mom have fun on an icy slide is trimmed.
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:45 am

The Jim Henson Hour, as posted at somebody's channel - most of them are my finished DVD restorations.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgrf3v ... query=hour

Generally these are already at Henson Rarities, but with Storyteller/second half segments omitted, so you may prefer some of these.

I never officially cut "Food/The Three Ravens" and "Living With Dinosaurs" together as finished pieces, but he's put them together from what appears to be my source material. "Dinosaurs" is the subtitled version, not the more recently discovered copy.

"Secrets of The Muppets" is not a finished restoration but is very clearly the source posted on our email list. I never released this one as a final restoration anyway - I didn't finish the work - although I did post on Youtube and Vimeo something which is more complete than that.

"Outer Space" is not a finished restoration but might have been source material we posted on the email list. Same with "Ratings." [Miss Piggy's Hollywood is posted separately, directly from the PAL DVD - presumably as posted by us.]

The pilot seems to be absent, but is at Henson Rarities - as are better versions of "Outer Space," "Secrets of the Muppets", "Ratings" and "Living With Dinosaurs."

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8Jxj ... nson++hour
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8Jxj ... =dinosaurs
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8Jxj ... uery=pilot
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