Repertory Series

Muppets™, Music & Magic!
Friday, March 30 - Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Brattle is proud to host this weekend festival of movies, TV shows, and rare short films which pays tribute to Jim Henson, one of the world's most inspired and innovative film and puppetry artists. A visionary TV producer, film director, and world-class puppeteer who created indelible characters, Henson brought his unique combination of childlike wonder and adult sophistication to his groundbreaking work for children and adults. MUPPETS™, MUSIC & MAGIC explores all facets of this prolific performer's output, including rarely seen projects (like the Storyteller series) and old favorites (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show). Time Magazine said of Jim Henson "[he] had the most profound influence on children of any entertainer of his time." Morning and early afternoon screenings feature films for the entire family, while evening programs focus on Henson's experimental work, rarities, and films for teens and adults. Produced by The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tour organizer Irena Kovarova.

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Film Descriptions, Dates & Showtimes

Fri 3/30 at 7:00

Double Feature w/Muppets Musical Moments
The Muppet Movie
(1979) dir James Frawley w/Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and the whole Muppet gang [95 min]
From Kermit the Frog's humble origins in a swamp, to the entire gang being hired by studio head Orson Welles, THE MUPPET MOVIE is an absolute delight. As Kermit makes his way to fabled Hollywood, he assembles his team of like-minded individuals, including Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, and others. The movie includes Kermit's heart-tugging "Rainbow Connection," and the film ends on a surprisingly existential note.
[For families with children, ages 6 and up]

Fri 3/30 at 9:00

Double Feature w/The Muppet Movie
Muppets Musical Moments
[75 min]
Music was always an integral part of The Muppet Show, and we have assembled a collection of some of the classic music numbers interpreted as only the Muppets can. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres, including performances by guest stars Harry Belafonte, Elton John, and Debbie Harry - as well as the Muppets performing some of their own classic numbers including the timelessly catchy "Mehna Mehna."
[For children of all ages]

Sat 3/31 at 10:15 AM

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
(1999) dir Gary Halvorson w/Elmo, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams, Somia Manzano (Maria), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Oscar The Grouch, Big Bird [73 min]
Elmo loves his fuzzy blanket so much that he gets into a tug-of war over it with his friend Zoe, losing it in far-off Grouchland. Nothing will deter Elmo from retrieving his treasured possession, plunging himself into a series of adventures including a battle of wits with the Queen of Trash. His Sesame Street buddies come to the rescue and help him learn a valuable lesson about sharing and friendship.
[For families with young children, ages 3-7]

Sat 3/31 at 11:45 AM

Muppets Musical Moments
[75 min]
Music was always an integral part of The Muppet Show, and we have assembled a collection of some of the classic music numbers interpreted as only the Muppets can. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres, including performances by guest stars Harry Belafonte, Elton John, and Debbie Harry - as well as the Muppets performing some of their own classic numbers including the timelessly catchy "Mehna Mehna."
[For children of all ages]

Sat 3/31 at 1:30 PM

The Great Muppet Caper
(1981) dir Jim Henson w/Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and the whole gang [95 min]
Intrepid reporters Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo go to London to interview fashion designer Lady Holiday (Rigg), whose jewels have been stolen. When the jewel thieves strike again and Holiday's secretary, Miss Piggy, is accused of the crime, it's Kermit and friends to the rescue. Memorable eccentrics like John Cleese and Peter Falk join in the fun, but the scenes with Miss Piggy on a motorcycle steal the show.
[For families with children, ages 6 and up]

Sat 3/31 at 3:30

A Better World: Living In Harmony
[90 min]
Fraggle Rock (1983) Directed by Jim Henson. An episode of the rarely seen Fraggle Rock TV series that contrasts three communities - the musical Fraggles, the industrious Doozers, and the giant Gorgs, who all co-exist in a carefully balanced underground world - with those mysterious creatures who live above ground, the humans. Despite their differences, the groups are interdependent, demonstrating the ideal of harmony and peace in the world.
Followed by

The Song of the Cloud Forest (1989) Directed by Jim Henson, Art Direction by Cheryl Henson. This beautiful evocation of the rainforest with stunning color graphics focuses on the story of a golden toad that must avoid the ‘uprights' trying to capture him.
[For families with children, ages 6 and up]

Sat 3/31 at 5:30

The Muppets Take Manhattan
(1984) dir Frank Oz w/Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie [94 min]
When the Muppets' college show is a big hit, they decide to take it to Broadway, which brings adventures that could happen only in the Big Apple. Cameos include Mayor Koch, Gregory Hines, Liza Minelli, and others. The movie ends with a wedding between Kermit and his porcine love, which is part of the show within a show - or could it be for real? MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN is "a genuinely fun confection of old-fashioned entertainment." - Variety
[For families with children, ages 6 and up]

Special Guest! Muppet Archivist Craig Shemin!
Sat 3/31 at 7:30

Commercials & Experiments
[90 min]
A collection of experimental shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Henson vault. Highlights include: a legendary commercial and industrial film for Wilson's Meat that must be seen to believed, excerpts from Henson's experimental television programs The Cube and Time Piece, an 8-minute experimental masterpiece from 1965 that showcases Henson's talent for making music out of everyday sounds.
[For adult fans or families with children ages 11 and up]

Sat 3/31 at 9:45

Labyrinth
(1986) dir Jim Henson w/David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly [101 min]
Henson returns to the land of fantasy, this time creating a modernday Alice in Wonderland. Connelly plays Sarah, a young girl who must travel through the Labyrinth to save her baby brother from the Goblin King (Bowie). Full of Jim Henson's Creature Shop's typically imaginative creature design, the film's eye-popping sets, including the M.C. Escher inspired castle, create a wholly believable world existing just behind the facade of reality. "A remarkable achievement." - The New York Times.
[For adult fans or families with children ages 11 and up]

Sun 4/1 at 1:30

Muppets From Space
(1999) dir Tim Hill w/Gonzo, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Pepe The Prawn and the whole gang + Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, Josh Charles, Ray Liotta, David Arquette, Andie MacDowell [87 min]
When Gonzo starts getting messages in his cereal bowl it seems that he might be close to figuring out where he comes from (and what the heck he is). Following the signs, he is drawn to a particular spot for a reunion with his family but is kidnapped by a mysterious government agency along the way. This terrific recent entry into the Muppets movie series features superb musical numbers set to funk hits by the likes of Funkadelic and James Brown.
[For families with young children, ages 3 and up]

Sun 4/1 at 3:15

*Please note time change
Muppet Fairytales
[105 min]
The Frog Prince (1971) Directed by Jim Henson
What happens when you kiss a frog? No one can better tell that classic fairytale than Kermit and his friends.
The Elves and the Shoemaker (1994) Directed by David Grossman
What if the elves that come to the aid of the shoemaker are actually Elvises? If Rapunzel appeared on Sesame Street, what twists on the story would you expect? See these classic tales through the eyes of the Muppets in this program of rarely seen shorts.
[For families with young children, ages 3-7]

Sun 4/1 at 5:15

Dog City & Storyteller
[90 min]
Dog City (1989)
Originally shown on the Jim Henson Hour, Dog City features one of the most fully realized Muppet universes - an entire 1940s film noir city populated entirely by dogs (all incredibly detailed and realistic puppets). With Muppet favorite Rowlf the dog (voiced by Henson) narrating from a piano, the action and injokes come at a furious pace.
Followed by

Storyteller: The Soldier and Death (1987) Directed by Jim Henson.
One of the finest episodes produced for this landmark TV series ("ingenious" - Time), The Soldier and Death recounts the tale of a soldier returning home from war being given three magic objects, which he uses to outwit a pack of demons, leading to his encounter with Death himself. Written by Oscar-winner Anthony Minghella.
[for families with children, ages 6 and up; approx combined running time of 90 min]

Sun 4/1 at 7:00

The Art Of Puppetry & Storytelling
[120 min]
Go behind the scenes to witness the magic of the Muppets in this compilation of rare footage of the variety of puppetry created by Jim Henson.

See a classic episode of
The Muppet Show (1979)
directed by Philip Casson. A special moment in the program, Harry Belafonte sings an African song with puppets derived from traditional masks.

Another kind of puppetry is used in
The Storyteller: The Heartless Giant (1989)
directed by Jim Henson. In this episode of the remarkable TV series based on classic folk tales, an evil giant - who has hidden his heart so he will feel no emotion - tricks young prince Leo into releasing him from his dungeon. Consumed with guilt, Leo searches for the heart and learns about friendship and betrayal.
[For families with children, ages 6 and up]

Sun 4/1 at 9:30

The Dark Crystal
(1982) dir Jim Henson, Frank Oz w/Henson, Oz, Kathryn Mullen, David Goelz, Louise Gold [93 min]
Mixing Brian Froud's conceptual design and elements of traditional fairy tales, Henson and longtime collaborator Frank Oz create a fantastic world ruled by the hulking dragon-like Skeksis, where an elf-like orphan must venture forth to defeat them. Using a mix of puppetry, marionettes, modern special effects, and more, Dark Crystal creates a visual world rarely equaled in any fantasy film while remaining true to its basis in universal myth.
[For adult fans or families with children ages 11 and up]

Mon 4/2 at 1:30

Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland
(1999) dir Gary Halvorson w/Elmo, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams, Somia Manzano (Maria), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Oscar The Grouch, Big Bird [73 min]
Elmo loves his fuzzy blanket so much that he gets into a tug-of war over it with his friend Zoe, losing it in far-off Grouchland. Nothing will deter Elmo from retrieving his treasured possession, plunging himself into a series of adventures including a battle of wits with the Queen of Trash. His Sesame Street buddies come to the rescue and help him learn a valuable lesson about sharing and friendship.
[For families with young children, ages 3-7]

Mon 4/2 at 3:30

Muppets From Space
(1999) dir Tim Hill w/Gonzo, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Pepe The Prawn and the whole gang + Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, Josh Charles, Ray Liotta, David Arquette, Andie MacDowell [87 min]
When Gonzo starts getting messages in his cereal bowl it seems that he might be close to figuring out where he comes from (and what the heck he is). Following the signs, he is drawn to a particular spot for a reunion with his family but is kidnapped by a mysterious government agency along the way. This terrific recent entry into the Muppets movie series features superb musical numbers set to funk hits by the likes of Funkadelic and James Brown.
[For families with young children, ages 3 and up]

Mon 4/2 at 5:30

The Dark Crystal
(1982) dir Jim Henson, Frank Oz w/Henson, Oz, Kathryn Mullen, David Goelz, Louise Gold [93 min]
Mixing Brian Froud's conceptual design and elements of traditional fairy tales, Henson and longtime collaborator Frank Oz create a fantastic world ruled by the hulking dragon-like Skeksis, where an elf-like orphan must venture forth to defeat them. Using a mix of puppetry, marionettes, modern special effects, and more, Dark Crystal creates a visual world rarely equaled in any fantasy film while remaining true to its basis in universal myth.
[For adult fans or families with children ages 11 and up]

Mon 4/2 at 7:15

Muppet History 101
[90 min]
This unique program of rarities examines the origins of the Muppets. Includes early live TV appearances, unusual commercials, guest spots on the Jimmy Dean and Dick Cavett Shows, and much more. Plus, this program contains excerpts from the rarely seen pilot for what would become The Muppet Show, The Muppets: Sex and Violence featuring a tribute to the Seven Deadly Sins.
[For adult fans or families with children ages 11 and up]

Mon 4/2 at 9:30

Labyrinth
(1986) dir Jim Henson w/David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly [101 min]
Henson returns to the land of fantasy, this time creating a modernday Alice in Wonderland. Connelly plays Sarah, a young girl who must travel through the Labyrinth to save her baby brother from the Goblin King (Bowie). Full of Jim Henson's Creature Shop's typically imaginative creature design, the film's eye-popping sets, including the M.C. Escher inspired castle, create a wholly believable world existing just behind the facade of reality. "A remarkable achievement." - The New York Times.
[For adult fans or families with children ages 11 and up]

Mon 4/3 at 5:00, 7:15, 9:30

Mirrormask
(2005) dir Dave McKean w/Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee, Rob Brydon, Stephen Fry [101 min]
Like the other beloved allegorical children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and LABYRINTH, MIRRORMASK is more like a hallucination of fantasy and fear than a story. And who better to bring this tale to the screen than fantasy author Neil Gaiman, illustrator Dave McKean, and the Jim Henson Company? This beautifully realized film centers on a 15-year-old girl whose home life is more than a little odd but, when she finds herself at the center of a quest to save a fantasy kingdom, she begins to wish for a return to her own reality.
[For adult fans or families with children ages 11 and up]

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