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Jim Henson Idea Man

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100% Tomatometer 55 Reviews 92% Audience Score 50+ Ratings "Jim Henson Idea Man" takes us into the mind of this singular creative visionary, from his early years puppeteering on local television to the worldwide success of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and beyond. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard captures Henson's restless creativity, ambition, and artistic evolution in the style and spirit of his complex subject, an artist who revolutionized television, inspired generations, and created some of the world's most beloved characters. Featuring new interviews with Henson's closest collaborators and children, as well as never-before-seen materials from his personal archives--including home movies, photographs, sketches, and diaries--Howard brings us an entertaining and insightful look at a man whose boundless imagination changed the world. Read More Read Less Watch on Disney+ Stream Now

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A rich and warm overview of Jim Henson's life and career that avoids simplistic hagiography, Ron Howard's documentary will give audiences a much clearer idea of the pioneering puppeteer's artistry.

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Amy Nicholson FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) A fairly honest portrait of him thanks to his kids, who are willing to put their fingers into his relationship with his wife, Jane... That lens into Henson's life was completely unfamiliar to me, and I really did appreciate that. Jun 15, 2024 Full Review Robert Levin Newsday You leave the movie with a better understanding of this monumental figure, while also feeling like he's still something of an enigma. And that's as it should be. Rated: 3/4 May 31, 2024 Full Review John Nugent Empire Magazine Howard’s genial account of the legendary Muppeteer plays it safe, with a fairly traditional documentary-making approach — but it still manages to be adequately inspirational, celebrational and, yes, even Muppetational. Rated: 3/5 May 31, 2024 Full Review JK Sooja Common Sense Media Jim Henson: Idea Man still manages to capture who Henson was, what fascinated and inspired him. All the great behind-the-scenes material perhaps best helps let Henson be who he was, playful, dedicated, communicative, and a team player. Jul 8, 2024 Full Review Derek Sante KSNV (Las Vegas) Creativity and kindness seeped from this man, and he still has many generations asking, "Why are there so many songs about Rainbows?" Rated: A Jul 3, 2024 Full Review Bruce R. Miller Sioux City Journal “Idea Man” doesn’t oversell but it also doesn’t give Henson the special place he deserves. Broadway canonizes Stephen Sondheim every other year. Television could do the same for Henson. Rated: 3/4 Jun 27, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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Rose G I thought I wouldn't cry; I was wrong. So very, very wrong. My love for Jim and his work is without bounds and I'm so happy that the documentary was done with an obviously deep respect for both him as a person, and his achievements and contributions to the world. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/28/24 Full Review Barry M Thank you, Ron Howard...Thank you, Jane Henson... thanks to all the Henson children and frankly the entire family... all of the the beautiful, talented, devoted friends and colleagues... Jim Henson left the world a much better place for him having been here... THIS WAS MAGICAL...BRAVO, Opie!!! You ain't too shabby, yourself!!! 💜💚🌈 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/18/24 Full Review m s watched it tonight. super good! a well done portrait of a tireless worker and creative genius! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/17/24 Full Review Jareth N Beautiful movie and a wonderful tribute to an amazing man. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/14/24 Full Review Audience Member A lot of insight into one of the most influential entertainment masters for GenXers. I think they could have gone deeper. It just seems to scratch the surface, for a person who has a lot of footage and stories to show who he was. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/13/24 Full Review Evan C I just watched it and it really digs deep into the whole history of Jim Henson. The last few minutes were extremely emotional for me. Definitely something you must watch! 5/5 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/12/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis "Jim Henson Idea Man" takes us into the mind of this singular creative visionary, from his early years puppeteering on local television to the worldwide success of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and beyond. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard captures Henson's restless creativity, ambition, and artistic evolution in the style and spirit of his complex subject, an artist who revolutionized television, inspired generations, and created some of the world's most beloved characters. Featuring new interviews with Henson's closest collaborators and children, as well as never-before-seen materials from his personal archives--including home movies, photographs, sketches, and diaries--Howard brings us an entertaining and insightful look at a man whose boundless imagination changed the world.
Director
Ron Howard
Producer
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein, Margaret Bodde, Justin Wilkes, Mark Monroe, Christopher St. John
Screenwriter
Mark Monroe
Distributor
Disney+
Production Co
Disney Original Documentary, The Jim Henson Company, Imagine Documentaries
Genre
Documentary, Biography
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 24, 2024, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
May 31, 2024
Runtime
1h 51m
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