Inspiration caused by Jim Henson

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Erik Havlicek

Professor Gadsden

WRT-101 Composition I

September 18, 2014

On May 9th, 1965 puppeteer and artist named Jim Henson made his first television debut. Though Henson was not directly on television, he helped contribute to evolving children's programs; Henson is prominently known for creating "Kermit the Frog", an original idea that first utilized a lizard as the main character; in November of 1969, Kermit the Lizard, appearing in "Same and Friends", transformed into a light green frog, particularly known as Kermit the Frog. Unfortunately, "Sam with Friends" ended in December of 1971 after a six-year broadcast; however this did not end Kermit the Frogs career. Kermit was introduced to one of television's eminent educational shows for children called Sesame Street. Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett, the original creators of the idea, wanted to show preschoolers and toddlers a fun and informative way to prepare for school in a very unique way; they decided to use puppets and short educational skits also involving adult and children interaction.

Jim Henson had a crucial part in the creation and success of Sesame Street. "The Jim Henson Company created the original characters from Sesame Street, including Big Bird, Elmo, Ernie & Bert, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, Cookie Monster, Harry Monster, the Yip Yips, the Count, Rosita, Zoe, Snuffulupagus, Barkley and many more" (Henson). Even though Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets and original Sesame Street Characters, is not a prevalent idol, he is responsible for influencing and positively affecting preschoolers and children through educational television programs. The Henson Company and The Childrens Television Workshop is now known as "Sesame Workshop", aimed it at preschoolers and toddlers to teach them letters, numbers, words and colors. Sesame Street also taught children appropriate ways to talk one another and recognized different emotions and...