When Jim and Frank Oz made the third Muppet feature film, The Muppets Take Manhattan, the musical fantasy sequence featuring the characters as babies wasn’t central to the story. The Muppet Babies were, however, irresistible and they were immediate hits as an animated series, licensed products, storybooks, and in a music video. Guy Gilchrist who, with his brother Brad, had created The Muppets daily syndicated comic strip, began drawing the Muppet Babies for various Henson projects including books and licensed products. Guy had the idea for a daily, single panel comic for newspapers featuring the Muppet Babies and submitted about twenty samples to Jim along with one multi-panel strip. While the Babies never got their own daily comic, they did appear in numerous comic books from Marvel featuring the artwork of various illustrators.
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.