Monday, January 05, 2015

Muppet Monday

Recently, I talked about Jim Henson's first job in 1954 on The Junior Morning Show. The post was about Yorick, but I mentioned Jim's first puppet: Pierre the French Rat.

Pierre was the star of a comic strip that Jim drew for his high school yearbook in his senior year. And it still exists. Here it is:

Click to make it bigger. It's interesting to see Jim's sensibilities in comic strip form, drawn by the man himself.

Jim then made Pierre as a puppet out of plastic wood.

Just based on what I've read, it seems like Jim wasn't overly fond of Pierre. The Junior Morning Show only lasted three weeks, but Pierre did appear on Sam and Friends, though in a different form.

That's Pierre in the back with the bushy hair and beard. I don't really know what he did on the show, since no episodes with Pierre survive. It's really a shame so much of those Muppet origins are shrouded in mystery.

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