When the Muppet Babies animated series premiered on September 15, 1984, it represented Jim’s first foray into Saturday morning television (since his brief debut in Washington thirty years before) and the first animated show featuring his characters. With a well established fanbase already in place, the Muppet Babies were an immediate hit and ran for eight years and 107 episodes, garnering numerous awards. The success did not go unnoticed and imitators abounded – soon there were baby versions of Loony Toons characters, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, and, eventually, the Sesame Street Muppets. The Henson Company even did a sort of double parody in a Muppets Tonight! sketch — “Seinfeld Babies”.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.