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.
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.