CREATION ENTERTAINMENT was honored to team up with the creative geniuses at
THE JIM HENSON COMPANY to produce the first annual MUPPETFEST!
event December, 2001 in Santa Monica, CA
|Muppet icons KERMIT and MISS PIGGY were on display in the incredible HENSON MUSEUM that showcased puppets from the HENSON WORKSHOP and THE HENSON CREATURE SHOP LOS ANGELES.|
|Kids and adults alike
love SWEETUMS, who was
walking around the event hugging everyone.
|The MUSEUM showcased the brilliant animatronic work of THE CREATURE SHOP, including the head of HOOT from GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE.|
|Part of the animatronic cast of CATS AND DOGS were on display.|
|BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE made some special appearances at the event for all his fans. He even sang some songs on stage.|
|A display from MUPPETS
adorned the Museum, direct from the Smithsonian.
|The incredible Muppet Puppeteers appeared on stage with some of their characters. Fron left to right, STEVE WHITMIRE performed his alter ego KERMIT; DAVE GOELZ thrilled with GONZO THE GREAT; JERRY NELSON presented FLOYD the hippy of the Electric Mayhem Band.|
|The other half of the performers on stage: KEVIN CLASH charmed with ELMO; BILL BARRETTA performed PEPE the prawn; BRIAN HENSON, the esteemed CEO of JIM HENSON COMPANY and his alter ego, SAL MANILA|
|A clay sculpture of
a SKEKSIS, one of the evil vulture-type creatures
from Jim Henson's seminal work DARK CRYSTAL
|DAVID BARRINGTON HOLT,
head of CREATURE SHOP L.A., gave several
fascinating presentations that revealed what a world class operation they
are artistically and technologically. In particular the various virtual and
puppet motion control systems demonstrated blew us away.
|A marriage of physical puppetry and motion control, none other than MR. TINKLES performed a song and dance number for the amazed audience on stage.|
|BABY SINCLAIR from the hit Henson series DINOSAURS sat in the Museum.|
|JACK FROST, the world's only animatronic snowman, also was on display.|
| THE MUPPET BAND entertained
the audience with
cuts from the many Muppet films and TV series.
|JANE HENSON, wife of the late JIM HENSON, was a special guest of honor at the event, and gave a moving speech and reminiscence of her husband, the man who started it all.|