Jim Henson's "Time Piece" (1965)

Above is an excerpt from Jim Henson's 1965 experimental short Time Piece, nominated for an Academy Award. It was unique because, for one thing, it doesn't feature any puppetry! The surreal film stars Henson and includes cameos from Henson Associates employees like Frank Oz (Yoda, etc!), Jerry Suhl, Don Sahlin, and Diana Birkenfield. More info at the Muppet Wiki. Watch the whole thing at MySpace here. (Thanks, Sarah Ruxin!)


    1.  A truly beautiful film, Henson’s “The Cube” (the color version used to be on Google Video under “ebuc eht”), but no relation at all to the horror movies, aside from perhaps some vaguely similar themes.

    1. When the waiter took the dome off of the tray at the dinner table I expected Henson to sing “One… severed human head!” and fall down some stairs

  1. You know what’s especially unsettling? Jim Henson died of a massive systemic infection because he refused antibiotics due to his devout Christian Scientist beliefs.  And here he is  pulling the covers up over over his own dead body in a hospital bed.  Weird.

    1. I thought it was a form of Strep – the flesh eating kind. Antibiotics were useless.
      (Now I will go investigate the webs and prove myself WrRiOgNhGt.

    1. Thanks. I embedded the YouTube except and linked to the video on MySpace. I appreciate it, Toby and Strangefriend!

  2. I used to marvel at the crappy nature of student videos in college. Now I see that every once in a looooooooooooooong time, someone who does one makes up for it.

  3. I’m a huge fan of Jim Henson’s work, but if that got an Oscar nod, it must have been a pretty lean year (and Terry Gilliam might want a word).

    1. As far as I can tell, this predates all of Terry Gilliam’s film/animation work.

  4. I used to see this as one of a series of short films  before the main midnight special, once opening for “Freaks”. It was sometimes shown with “Solo”, the Oscar-winning mountain climbing short  by Mike Hoover, and a number of other quirky shorts.  

  5. While showing my age, I recall seeing this as a sophmore in High School in 67 as part of some educational program from Princeton…or somewhere. Needless to say it must have worked as I can still recall it and am still impressed by it…and I wish Henson were still around.

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