Ron Howard is bringing a new documentary to Disney+ about the magic of Jim Henson. Jim Henson Idea Man chronicles the story of the artist and visionary behind the Muppets, Sesame Street, and other classic characters.

Produced with the full participation and cooperation of the Henson family, “Jim Henson Idea Man” is an unprecedented, intimate look at Henson’s illustrious, revolutionary career and complex personal life. Using never-before-seen personal archival home movies, photographs, sketches, and Henson’s personal diaries, as well as interviews with those who knew him best, the film is the definitive portrait of one of the world’s most inspiring and iconoclastic creators.

Jim Henson Idea Man releases on Disney+ on May 31st.

The original documentary from Disney Branded Television is produced by Imagine Documentaries. Howard also serves as a producer alongside Brian Grazer, Sara Bernstein, Margaret Bodde, Justin Wilkes, Mark Monroe and  Christopher St. John. Paul Crowder, Meredith Kaulfers, Michael Rosenberg serve as executive producers. 

“He was here for a purpose,” one person says in the trailer. The new doc goes over Henson’s life and the creation of some of the most classic characters like Kermit the Frog, who was made from his mother’s coat and a ping pong ball. He went on the create and puppet projects like Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock. Some of the highlighted interviews include Frank Oz, Jennifer Connelly, and RIta Moreno.

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