Let it be known: November is now Muppet Month. Not only do we get the first new Muppet movie in over a decade (The Muppets, starring Jason Segal and Kermit, is out November 23), but SIFF Cinema at the Uptown is celebrating the best of Jim Henson for the next three weeks. Mahna mahna. Muppets, Music and Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy runs November 5–22, and includes screenings of early-’80s classics The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Great Muppet Caper; quote-along screenings of Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal; song montages from The Muppet Show; and behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Sesame Street. Tickets are $10 ($5 for members). Now, someone cue Animal.
The Muppet Movie
Sat Nov 5 @ 11am, Mon Nov 7 @ 8pm
The original 1979 flick. Kermit has to keep his legs from ending up an entree.
Sesame Street at 40: Milestones on the Street
Sun Nov 6 & 13 @ 11am
Highlights include guest appearances by Lily Tomlin, Michelle Obama, James Gandolfini, and Robert De Niro, and a Muppet Mad Men parody.
Sing! The Music of Sesame Street
Sun Nov 6 & 13 @ 1pm
Enjoy 40 years of Street beats, from “Rubber Duckie” to Ray Charles cameos.
Muppet Music Moments
Mon Nov 7 @ 6pm, Tue Nov 15 @ 9:30pm
A 77-minute montage of clips like “Mahna Mahna” (watch the video below).
Tue Nov 8 @ 6pm
Anyone remember “The Elves and the Shoemaker”? Tiny Elvises (not elves—Elvises) in the workshop? So good.
Commercials and Experiments
Tue Nov 8 @ 9:15pm, Wed Nov 9 @ 9:15pm
As we know from Labyrinth, when a baby is kidnapped by an evil David Bowie, Jim Henson had a bit of a dark side, too. This is a collection of his experimental shorts.
Muppet History 201: More Rarities from the Henson Vault
Tue Nov 8 @ 7:30pm, Wed Nov 9 @ 7:30pm
Recently remastered clips of Henson and his Muppets making TV talk show appearances.
The Art of Puppetry and Storytelling
Wed Nov 9 @ 6pm, Tue Nov 15 @ 8pm
Watch the master at work in these clips showcasing Henson’s more elaborate puppets on The Muppet Show.
The Great Muppet Caper
Sat Nov 12 @ 11am, Mon Nov 14 @ 8pm
Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo go to London as reporters and end up stuck in the middle of a jewel heist. This might be the reason I became a journalist.
Jim Henson and Friends: Inside the Sesame Street Vault
Mon Nov 14 @ 6pm, Tue Nov 15 @ 6pm
Muppeteers Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Frank Brill, and Caroll Spinney appear on everything from The Ed Sullivan Show to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson; Big Bird and Oscar play Hollywood Squares.
Muppets Take Manhattan
Sat Nov 19 @ 11am, Mon Nov 21 @ 7pm
Kermit and Miss Piggy finally tie the knot…on Broadway.
Labyrinth Quote Along
Mon Nov 21 @ 7pm, Tue Nov 22 @ 7pm
A young Jennifer Connelly enjoys her first starring role opposite David Bowie as the Goblin King. You’ll leave muttering: “You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power! What power?”
The Dark Crystal
Mon Nov 21 @ 9:30pm, Tue Nov 22 @ 9:30pm
Gelfling needs to find the missing crystal shard to defeat the Skeksis dragon creatures and save the world. I skipped this one as a kid.