Watch: Jim Henson and Frank Oz Improvise on Set of 'Muppet Movie'
It's already magical enough to see The Muppets come to life on the big screen. Jim Henson's creations, when in the hands of geniuses like himself and cohort Frank Oz, don't even feel like Muppets. They feel like sentient beings, who just happen to exist in the human world. This shines in the long line of films featuring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and more, but this kind of charm is even more present off screen. Such evidence comes in the form of some screen tests with director Jim Frawley which feature Henson and Oz hilariously improvising in character on the set of The Muppet Movie. Watch!
Here's the videos from The Muppet Movie with Jim Henson and Frank Oz via io9:
It's amazing to see these two talents so engrained in their characters to have existential conversations about their lives as puppets, without any script to help them. Honestly, I wish I could be a child again, know nothing about the men behind the puppets, and meet these characters, just to feel that childhood magic again. What makes Henson and Oz look so effortless in their work is that I don't think they ever lost that childhood sense of wonder and glee. No matter how hard they work, they're always doing what they love and having a good time, and these hilarious videos are just prove of that. Man, I really miss Jim Henson a lot.