Posted By Kathleen David on November 7, 2012
Few housekeeping notes before the review.
Yes, I know it is Wednesday. I had this written up and didn’t post it yesterday.
Today’s word count is 8015 so still behind but not as much as I have been. Might make that up today.
Weather is looking very nasty this morning but the bigger problem is getting gas in the vehicles. I am making one trip out this morning to stock the larder and get food for the animals and then we are staying put for the most part. I am hoping to see a line that is less than an hour and get in that one. So think good thoughts for me and getting some gas in my truck.
(For the VI: This is the cover of the book Imagination Illustrated The Jim Henson Journal by Karen Falk. The top of the cover is a purple made up of small dots. The bottom of the cover is yellow. The text on the yellow says Imagination Illustrated The Jim Henson Journal by Karen Falk forward by Lisa Henson. On the purple side is an illustration by Jim Henson of Sam and Friends. At the top is Sam who is pink with a darker pink nose, to the left below Sam is Kermit but he looks more like a Lizard than a frog to Kermit’s right is a purple puppet with glasses with yellow rims. Below that is a purple puppet called Yorick, to Yorick’s left is a red puppet that looks like an early Ernie. Below that clutching the yellow are Sam’s pink hands.)
Imagination Illustrated is an interesting look into the mind and thought process of Jim Henson. A lot is extrapolated from short lines that Jim jotted down in what he called his little red book. He noted all kinds of things that were going on in his life both work related and family related. If it was important to him, he wrote it down in the book. He started the book by jotting down what had come before and went on to what was happening now. These notes are also illustrated by photos and drawing that give you the bigger picture for these sometimes almost cryptic words.
This is not a long read but reading it is only the beginning of this book. There is so much to look at and think about. You can see how some puppets came into being. You see how Jim’s ability as an artist translated into so many different mediums. There are pictures of people at the beginning of their careers. It is a visual feast for the eyes and soul. At he beginning of each section, there is an overview as to what was happening during the years covered. This is very helpful to give you context to the notes that follow.
It is also fun to look at all the things that Jim did before Sesame Street and a lot of his advertising work. You can see all that lead to the Muppet Show and the films. Where he met people and how he got to where he got.
I can recommend this book to fans of Jim Henson, the Muppets, artists and crafty people in general.
My only regret is something that the creators of the book didn’t have any control over and that is Jim stopped keeping the red book which was 1989-1990 where the whole Disney thing was going on and there are a lot of different stories of what really happened. I have a pretty decent idea what happened from what people who had been there have told me over the years but it would have been interesting to see it from Jim’s point of view.
I am grateful that this book was published.