Video of Big Bird singing at Jim Henson's funeral

James says: "I'm 37, 6'4", 235 lbs, haven't shaved in 9 days, and I play drums in a metal band. Tears are running down my face like I'm a little kid lost in an amusement park. This is really something." Video of Big Bird singing at Jim Henson's funeral



  1. The only thing kinda cheesy is that crappy tux-thing Big Bird is wearing. Did they get the Sesame Street prop people to make it?

  2. I’m really tired and I misread this somehow as Big Bird singing at ‘Jimmy Hendrix’s’ funeral – Yeh er, I’m going to bed now. . .

  3. Wow, so Denis Leary was not 100% correct about this on No Cure For Cancer. His joke really doesn’t work at all with this.

  4. I remember seeing the funeral before. It was probably one of the classiest tributes I’ve ever viewed. Nothing too hokey.

  5. I knew it would get to me — he was one of the very few people I thought deserved to be treated as a celebrity — but the Wikipedia description of the funeral got to me more.

    Thank you for putting up the video.

  6. I couldn’t make it to the end without breaking in tears. But this was so appropriate in both its whimsy and earnestness that I don’t mind at all. It was beautiful.

  7. Total respect to Caroll Spinney for his composure to deliver with such weight on his shoulders (literally).

  8. It is very sad, but, Jim Henson lived a wonderful life and left us a legacy that lives on. He was taken too soon… but what he made with the time he had! His life enriched so many millions and continues to do so daily. What if we all aspired to such greatness?

  9. There have been few people as widely loved as Jim Henson. The world really did lose a bit of colour when he died.

  10. Very true, Wolfiesma.

    I happened to be watching Dark Crystal just a few days ago with my better half; and we were sorry there weren’t more movies like Jim Henson’s. I don’t think he has an equal and/or true successor. You can feel his love of stories and fantasy through everything he touched and he had a way to make both kids and adults run with it. I wish there was more of it. But I guess it also makes it even more precious. What a wonderful creator.

  11. I’ve never been able to listen to the new Kermit voice. Damn you Boing Boing, sometimes “wonderful” is really sad.

  12. This needs to be labeled NSFW… I fear someone will notice me and ask why I’m crying. Damn! This is probably the first non-gross post that needs a unicorn chaser.

    Jim Henson is the only person whose death I’ve cried for that I didn’t know. But I suppose we all knew him well, in a way.

  13. ….oh, that is just heartbreaking. As are the Mastercard commercials with Jim Henson. They always make me tear up a little and then want to watch The Muppet Caper for the fortieth million time.

  14. I needed a good cry. Thanks.

    Henson played such a major part in my childhood. He was/is so many children’s friend(s). I owe a lot to Henson and Dahl.

  15. I’m a complete mess now after watching all the videos and reading the Wikis. Hopefully no one will notice me sniffling, the red nose or red eyes.

    Thank you Jim Henson for giving me such wonderful memories.

  16. It’s the ending that really killed me. Thankfully I don’t have to go anywhere or be seen by anyone in a while.

  17. It was a very sad and special day – and the part I remembered most of all was when Harry Belafonte sang: “We Come From The Fire”. They had given us all these colourful foam butterflies on thin black wires, the kind we used to always use in the shows – everyone had one – and as Belafonte began to sing everyone, unprompted, started waving their butterfiles. The entire place became a sea of vibrant colour rising over our heads. Jim would have loved it. Belafonte nearly lost it but carried on. Thanks for putting this up. We all remember him and miss him very much.

  18. i join the legion of people crying in their cubicle thanks to this one…
    this has me almost as choked up as i was after reading that at Jim’s funeral they had Kermit sitting on the casket with a sign hung around his neck saying “I lost my voice.”
    i couldn’t be thankful to have grown up inspired, educated, and entertained by the works of Jim Henson during my most impressionable years as a child.

  19. Jimmy: I didn’t make the connection until I read your comment. And then I was really sad. :(
    Robbo: Are you a Muppet? That is the coolest thing!!!

  20. I’m a 61 year old guy not prone to such things, but for some reason I can NOT articulate I, too, need to go wipe my eyes and compose myself.

    Thank you, Boing Boing

  21. Since every other post is a crying post, I guess that I am the only one who thought this was funny. When you have a guy in a gigantic costume awkwardly walking down in front of a somber group of people, it is going to be funny regardless of how great the guy was.

  22. Caroll Spinney visited my school when I was in third grade, and it stands as one of my favorite memories as a child. He is a wonderful entertainer.

  23. I’m astonished Spinney made it all the way through the song without crying. You can hear it in his voice, pulled thin by his own sorrow.

    Wow, how touching. The world would be a duller place without the Muppets. There’s such warmth and joy in their humor.

  24. OMFG!, why the hell did you link to Graham Chapman’s service? I hadn’t seen this and I didn’t need one more thing to think about while I’m trying to get to sleep. Thank you – you son of a bitch.

  25. Whatever their beliefs, heaven surly has a special place for people that have brought such happiness, laughter, and introspection to the world. Jim Henson, Graham Chapman, George Carlin, who am I forgetting? – while they may have been irreverent, they inspired laughter, happiness, thought, and self analysis to their listeners. To me, that’s enough to get them past heavens gates. Could you really imagine an afterlife without Monty Python? I can’t

  26. I’m a huge Henson fan. A few weeks back I went to a Henson retrospective in Washington that blew my mind – see it if it comes to a town near you.

    I was prepared to get a little misty, but when I walked in and saw Kermit seated under a glass display case, I just about lost it.

    I wasn’t the only one. Kids were having a grand time in the play area, while the grownups were wandering around looking at the materials with quivering chins and red eyes.

    I keep the book “It’s Not Easy Being Green” next to me at my desk. It’s a comfort.

  27. What are guys doing to me?!!!

    Like so many of you, I grew up with Sesame Street. It was one of the few TV programs I got to watch as a very young boy back in the 60s, and I credit that show (and my sister who liked to play school) for teaching me to read by the time I was 3.

    Now, here I am: a grown man who can’t leave his office because he would have to explain that Big Bird made him cry. I wish they would release full episodes of that show on either DVD or the Internet. They would make a mint from nostalgic saps like me.

    Looks like I’ll be watching the Muppet Show DVDs with my daughter when I get home tonight.

  28. @ #11 Keith: When Big Bird says, “Thank you, Kermit.” that took me to a different level, too. And then I read these comments! Man. Too much.

  29. This got removed by the user on YouTube before I could see it. My Google-fu has totally failed me, and I can’t find it anywhere. Does anyone know where else I might be able to see it?

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