Something I’m discovering that I love about New York City is how easy it is to find amazing, fun things to do. The last few weeks, I’ve done a lot of awesome things that are SO specifically tailored to me and what I love doing.
While most of my life has been pretty Muppet heavy, my free time during last two weeks has been deliciously filled with constant Muppet goodness. Which is exactly what I need.
Since we moved to New York, I’ve felt like people in our lives who don’t live here expect us to do all kinds of New York-y things. But not necessarily New Yorker things. For instance, Thanksgiving. Lots of people asked if we were going to go to the parade. Because it’s HERE, right? Same thing with New Year’s Eve in Times Square. The answer is: NO. I don’t like crowds (well, crowds of tourists anyway), especially not super early in the morning on my day off. I watched the parade on TV, just like every year.
But the night BEFORE the parade, we did what real New Yorkers do. We went to the balloon inflation on the Upper West side. It was still pretty crowded, but kind of cool and surreal to see all the balloon floats face front on the road.
And this is what kicked off our (most recent) Jim Henson extravaganza.
Yeah, that’s right. That’s us in front of Kermit. We went to the balloon inflation with our friends Brittany and Aaron after spending a dinner talking mostly about Muppets.
After the inflation, Andy and I decided we had to go see The Muppets since it was finally out for the first day. The movie was fantastic. If you haven’t seen it, please do immediately. It was the perfect balance of classic Muppets and more modern humor. There are some amazing songs (my personal favorite is “Man or Muppet), and it was really well done.
On Thanksgiving day, we watched several episodes of the Muppet Show while eating our meal (which was the first Thanksgiving meal I had ever cooked before, thankyouverymuch), and then we watched Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol off and on during our turkey comas.
Sunday night of Thanksgiving weekend, Brittany and I went to the Museum of the Moving Image for a special screening of Gone With the Wind, my favorite movie of all time. It actually wasn’t my first time seeing it on a big screen (because it has been re-released quite a few times, and the first time I saw it was at a movie theatre), but it was still amazing seeing it. One thing I love about the screenings at MotMI is that they’re always completely full of people who are absolutely in love with the movie that’s playing. The energy in the room during screenings like that is just amazing.
While we were purchasing our tickets for GWTW, I saw a very familiar image flash on the digital signage in the museum – the spiky blond mullet, oddly shaped eyebrows, and leather-gloved hand holding a glass ball that can only be one thing: Labyrinth.
My second favorite movie of all time. Screening at the museum in a week. With a special Q&A panel with none other than…. Brian Henson, and Brian, Wendy, and Toby Froud! I think most people know who Brian Henson is (but if you don’t- Jim Henson’s son. He’s been involved with the Henson movies for about 25 years, and he did the voice of Hoggle for Labyrinth). The Froud family was involved with Labyrinth and Dark Crystal in a pretty amazing way. Brian Froud did the conceptual art for Labyrinth, Wendy made a lot of the puppets, and Toby starred as ….Toby (the baby in the movie).
That screening and panel was tonight, and it was amazing. We were surrounded by 148 other people who love the movie as much as I do. When we got there 45 minutes early, most of them were already waiting to go in the theatre.
We were also surrounded by people who actually MADE the movie. Karen Prell was sitting right behind us, one of Jim Henson’s daughters was sitting in front of us, and there were other people near and dear to the Henson Company sitting throughout the theatre. During the Q&A, it seemed like everyone wanted to ask a question, and not everyone got to.
But I did! I asked Toby if he remembered anything from filming and if he had been traumatized by all the goblins as a child (he was 1 when it was filmed), and his answer was that he honestly didn’t know. He’s the same age as me, and he said that he grew up watching and loving the movie, and being surrounded by all things Henson, so that any memories he thinks he may have from it may just be from being raised with it. Wendy added that he loved interacting with the Goblins and other puppets. So cool!
After the Q&A, Andy bought us tickets for another Brian Henson event for tomorrow night. (We’re becoming horribly addicted to this museum, and are very close to just becoming members so we can get into all these events without buying new tickets constantly. They have a lot of screenings of new movies with the directors answering questions afterward, and Andy went to one last week as well).
And then we talked to Brian Henson for a few minutes and got our picture taken with him. No biggie.