The Muppets Take Manhattan marked a coming together for the Henson team on their home turf in New York after work had taken many of them to far flung locations. The Muppet work in London was pretty much finished following the end of The Muppet Show production and the release of The Great Muppet Caper, however, the Creature Shop was officially launched in London that summer, formalizing what had started with The Dark Crystal. Production on Fraggle Rock was in full swing in Toronto, with many staffers and performers based there and returning there in September. For the summer, however, they were on hiatus and all came together in New York to make Jim’s third Muppet feature. This included Jim’s son Brian whose interest in mechanics and effects made him a perfect apprentice to Faz Fazakas, leader of this area and developer of much of the technology used in The Dark Crystal and Fraggle Rock.
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.