1/10/1968 – ‘Shooting Getty Oil Service Station – 6 degrees’

In frigid weather (as Jim noted, it was well below freezing), Jim and his crew shot a short film to be shown as part of a live presentation at the Flying A Dealers (representing American Oil) meetings in various cities a few weeks later. In the film, at an Esso Service Station, a fully automated attendant (one of Jim’s imaginative robot puppets), provides service to an unfortunate customer. Typical of Muppet robots, this one is cheerful and hardworking but makes a terrible mess of the situation, ending the film with a bang. Once again, while seeming to celebrate the possibilities of the digital age, Jim’s character underscores the need for human interaction and the unmatchable flexibility of the human brain.

Video:

See the automated service station attendant in action.

Learn about another misguided Henson robot.

Brochure promoting the Flying A Dealers meetings scheduled for early 1968.

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