Jim Henson - Animation

by BillSimms | created - 31 Aug 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

A list of Jim Henson's television shows and films. Including Muppet films that came out after the death of Jim Henson.

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1. Sam and Friends (1955–1961)

Not Rated | 5 min | Family

Early showcase of Jim Henson's puppet characters.

Stars: Jim Henson, Kermit the Frog, Jane Henson, Jerry Juhl

Votes: 124

2. Tales of the Tinkerdee (1962 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Add a Plot

Director: Carl Degen | Stars: Jane Henson, Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Bob Payne

Votes: 16

3. Time Piece (1965)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Enid Cafritz, Dennis Paget, Jim Hutchison

Votes: 624

4. The Paperwork Explosion (1967)

5 min | Short, Comedy

Mankind has devoted too much time, too much money and plenty of space on paperwork and more paperwork. In the 1960's, to remove all those obstacles and all that paper, and in order to make ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Votes: 39

5. Wheels That Go (1967)

1 min | Short

A young boy plays with his toy car while he uses his imagination to recall real-world experiences with his mother involving trains, buses and automobiles.

Director: Jim Henson | Star: Brian Henson

Votes: 49

6. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 11,078

7. Hey Cinderella! (1969 TV Movie)

52 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Cinderella with a difference!

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Belinda Montgomery, Robin Ward, Joyce Gordon, Pat Galloway

Votes: 189

8. NBC Experiment in Television (1967–1971)
Episode: The Cube (1969)

53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A man is trapped inside a mysterious cube.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Richard Schaal, Hugh Webster, Rex Sevenoaks, Jack Van Evera

Votes: 636

In 1969 the program screened an episode produced and directed by Jim Henson and written by Henson and Jerry Juhl entitled The Cube.

9. The Great Santa Claus Switch (1970 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Great Santa Claus Switch was a Muppet television special that first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. The show, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and ... See full summary »

Director: John Moffitt | Stars: Art Carney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 52

10. The Muppets on Puppets (1970 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

Jim Henson and Rowlf the Dog explain the art and history of puppetry, and let the viewer in on some of the secrets in performing his own act, the Muppets.

Director: Tim Steele | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Juhl, Don Sahlin

Votes: 16

11. Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince (1971 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

Frog and princess, both cursed by a witch, figure out how to break each other's spell.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Trudy Young, Gordon Thomson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 367

12. The Muppets Valentine Show (1974 TV Special)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The Muppets Valentine show was the first of the two specials for The Muppet Show. Valentine on ABC in 1974.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Mia Farrow, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 271

13. The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975 TV Special)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The original Muppet Show Pilot. The guests include the Seven Deadly Sins.

Director: Dave Wilson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 341

14. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 40,110

The first season only.

15. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Kermit the Frog and his fellow Muppets put on a vaudeville show at their theatre, bringing in a famous celebrity to help out for each episode.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 21,364

16. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz

Votes: 2,779 | Gross: $0.23M

17. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 757

18. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 30,200 | Gross: $76.66M

19. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 12,487 | Gross: $31.21M

20. Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' (1981 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, Family

Documentary about the work of puppeteer Jim Henson and his team in creating The Muppet Show.

Directors: Peter Berry, Harley Cokeliss | Stars: Julie Andrews, Charles Aznavour, Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte

Votes: 99

21. The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Votes: 57,621 | Gross: $40.58M

22. The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (1982 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Miss Piggy, the Muppet, stars in her own variety show.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Frank Oz, John Ritter, Andy Kaufman, George Hamilton

Votes: 152

23. Big Bird in China (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 75 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Big Bird and his Sesame Street companion, Barkley, the big, fluffy dog, travel across China in search of the legendary Feng Huang, the Phoenix Bird. Along the way they visit with Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Brian Muehl, Lianzi Ouyang, Frank Oz

Votes: 392

24. Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy

As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson

Votes: 197

25. Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.

Stars: Karen Prell, Gerard Parkes, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 6,429

26. Henson's Place (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

A documentary with featured performance clips and interviews featuring Jim and Jane Henson, Frank Oz and others. The documentary focuses on the Muppet phenomena and a look at the ... See full summary »

Director: David A. Goldsmith | Stars: Jim Henson, Jane Henson, Michael K. Frith, Joan Ganz Cooney

Votes: 89

27. Muppet Babies (1984–1991)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Muppets, as babies, have adventures with their imaginations inside their nursery.

Stars: Greg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien, Russi Taylor

Votes: 4,001

28. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 18,236 | Gross: $25.53M

29. Follow That Bird (1985)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

Votes: 4,386

30. The Christmas Toy (1986 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 985

31. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud) when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie).

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 116,334 | Gross: $12.73M

32. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986 TV Movie)

51 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Bean Bunny is too small to be useful (says his brother) to help prepare for the Bunny Picnic, so he wanders off and sees a legendary persecutor of all rabbits: the farmer's dog. But nobody ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Henson, David G. Hillier | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Richard Hunt, Camille Bonora, Ron Mueck

Votes: 298

33. Fraggle Rock (1987–1988)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An animated version of Jim Henson's classic series.

Stars: Rob Paulsen, Stu Rosen, Bob Bergen, Townsend Coleman

Votes: 1,341

34. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 TV Movie)

47 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till | Stars: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen

Votes: 3,190

35. The Jim Henson Hour (1989–1992)

48 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

An anthology show featuring the work of the great puppeteer and his staff.

Stars: Jim Henson, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kevin Clash

Votes: 348

36. Sesame Street: 20 Years & Still Counting! 1969-1989 (1989 TV Special)

TV-G | 48 min | Comedy, Family

A 20th anniversary celebration of the classic educational TV series.

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Bill Cosby, Ray Charles, Plácido Domingo, Jim Henson

Votes: 65

37. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Kermit and his friends tour the theme park as the future members of the Disney family.

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Charles Grodin, Raven-Symoné, Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Votes: 283

38. Mother Goose Stories (1990–1993)

TV-G | Family, Fantasy

Mother Goose tells her three mischievous goslings the tales behind well-known nursery rhymes.

Stars: Victoria Shalet, London Kim, Laura Penta, Scott McAfee

Votes: 44

39. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 33,315 | Gross: $10.36M

40. Muppet*vision 3-D (1991)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Family

Muppet*vision 3-D, more appropriately, 4-D, can only be seen at the Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL and also at California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz | Stars: Wayne Allwine, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Votes: 1,183

41. Dog City (1992– )

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The adventures of a canine private eye while he confers with his animator who has his own problems to deal with.

Stars: Ron White, Elizabeth Hanna, Kevin Clash, John Stocker

Votes: 321

42. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 43,444 | Gross: $27.28M

43. Muppets Tonight (1996–1998)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Kermit the Frog, Clifford and friends struggle to put on a weekly TV variety show.

Stars: Dave Goelz, Kevin Clash, Jerry Nelson, Bill Barretta

Votes: 1,686

44. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

G | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

The Muppets' twist on the classic tale.

Directors: Brian Henson, David Lane | Stars: Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders, Kevin Bishop

Votes: 19,674 | Gross: $33.61M

45. Bear in the Big Blue House (1997–2006)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Bear lives in a Big Blue House with several of his muppet friends: Treelo the lemur, Ojo the bear cub, Tutter the mouse, and Pip and Pop the otters. Every day bear uses his reassuringly ... See full summary »

Stars: Lynne Thigpen, Geoffrey Holder, Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz

Votes: 2,831

46. Farscape (1999–2003)

TV-14 | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.

Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Lani John Tupu

Votes: 31,374

47. Muppets from Space (1999)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 17,142 | Gross: $16.63M

48. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson

Votes: 3,434

49. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family