In Honor of Jim Henson's Birthday, Five Mindblowing Muppet Revelations
It's Jim Henson's birthday today -- he would have been 73 -- and to celebrate the Supreme Creator of that most sensational, Muppetational universe, we thought we'd pull together five things you may not have known about his beloved Muppets. They're after the jump.
1. Nothing escapes The Magic Triangle
Actually, the 'magic triangle' isn't some mysterious expanse of ocean between Sesame Street, Thra and Fraggle Rock into which small aircraft regularly disappear; it's just the term used by Muppeticians to describe the placement of Muppets' eyes in relation to the nose and mouth. That juxtaposition is considered the single most important factor in creating a character's innate Muppetness. According to The Art of the Muppets, correct positioning "creates a central focal point essential to bringing a puppet to life in the eye of the camera -- and therefore the viewer."