1/8-11/1974 – ‘Edit Valentine Show at EUE.’

As his first Muppet Show pilot on a major network, The Muppet Valentine Show represented great possibilities for Jim. He put tremendous care into all aspects and noted his progress in his journal at each step. Along with some of his tried and true characters like Kermit, he was eager to use the opportunity to create some new Muppets. Following in the footsteps of characters like Big Bird and Sweetums came a giant mouse, competition for Kermit when he went courting Miss Mousie. Using Jim’s initial design, Caroly Wilcox and her puppet building team figured out how to bring the mouse to life.

Jim’s design for the giant mouse in The Muppet Valentine Show.

Sketches of the big mouse with annotations by builder Caroly Wilcox for The Muppet Valentine Show, 1973.

Sketches of the big mouse with annotations by builder Caroly Wilcox for The Muppet Valentine Show, 1973.

Read more from Jim Henson’s Red Book in Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal available from Chronicle Books.

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