Before the Muppets: 10 Surreal and Experimental Works by Jim Henson

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Though he's remembered for creating Kermit and friends, Henson did work for everything from short films to TV commercials for instant coffee and chow mein

With a recent fan campaign asking The Academy to let The Muppets host the Oscars after that whole messy Brett Ratner debacle, and a new film on the way this week (the first one in 12 years!), we'd like to think that Jim Henson is watching and smiling. Before the puppeteer created his Muppets universe and the iconic characters of Sesame Street, the beloved artist was tripping everyone out with his experimental films and surreal commercials. 

Henson's lesser-known works are tiny avant-garde masterpieces that are infused with the same humor, character, and vision as his enduring legacy. Dig into Henson's mind-bending movies below and feel free to share your favorites.

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