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  • Exhibit in NYC explores the man behind the Muppets

    It seems so familiar to us now _ puppet characters on television that are so real, so expressive, so alive that we forget there's a human being doing the actual work behind the scenes.

  • ** FILE ** In this February 1988 photo Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, poses with one of his creations, Kermit the Frog. A touring exhibit, "Jim Henson's Fantastic World," opening Saturday, July 16, 2011, is making its last stop of a multi-year trip at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York where it will be on display into January. (AP Photo/file)

    Exhibit shows the man behind the Muppets

    It seems so familiar to us now — puppet characters on television that are so real, so expressive, so alive that we forget there's a human being doing the actual work behind the scenes. There's a reason that's so familiar, the organizers of an exhibit opening this weekend in New York say: Jim Henson.

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  • "She wasn't traveling with the exhibit. She's very sensitive," Ms. Falk said with a laugh.

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  • "Jim was the first one to recognize that you can use television and get these incredibly expressive and believable performances out of puppets," Ms. Falk said. "This was his innovation; he was the one who started this whole thing. This is why puppetry looks like this on television, because of this man."

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