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Google doodle honours muppeteer Jim Henson

James Maury Henson would have been 75 years of age on Saturday had he been alive.

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Updated:September 24, 2011, 2:03 PM IST
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Google doodle honours muppeteer Jim Henson
James Maury Henson would have been 75 years of age on Saturday had he been alive.

New Delhi: Google on Saturday paid tribute to Jim Henson, one of the greatest puppeteers of all time and the creator of the popular Muppets with a doodle featuring a series of digital puppets shaped in the form of the company logo.

James Maury Henson would have been 75 years of age on Saturday had he been alive. He is best known for ‘The Muppets’ and memorable shows such as Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and films such as The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper.

The Henson doodle features six digital muppets in the shape and colour of the Google logo that respond to a mouse over as ‘real’ muppets would.

The doodle is a collaboration between Google and The Jim Henson Company. The Google Doodle team tweeted: “Become a digital puppeteer today and tomorrow with our homepage tribute to Jim Henson! #googledoodle”

The official Google blog said “We’re thrilled to share this guest post by Brian Henson about his father - puppeteer, director and producer Jim Henson, best known as the creator of the Muppets. For the next 36 hours, we’re honoring Jim’s birthday on our homepage with a special doodle created in tandem with The Jim Henson Company.”

Brian Henson, Chairman of The Jim Henson Company, reminisced about his father in the touching post that threw valuable insight into the man behind the puppets. ”When we were kids, my brother and sisters and I were always allowed to stay up late to watch our father’s appearances on The Tonight Show or The Ed Sullivan Show. No matter how late it was or how young we were, my mother would wake us up and trundle us down to the living room television. We’d be giddy—like Christmas. When he came home, he’d head down to the garage where he had a workshop, and repair everything that we broke while he was away—or build a dollhouse for one of my sisters. Jim never stopped making things.”

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