Character Design Grade 5
Do you recognize these characters? Where did they come from?
“I came to puppetry more through the art side of it. Usually I would start with drawings and then turn them into puppets.” —Jim Henson An idea! • Every work of art starts as someone’s idea • The Muppets were Jim Henson’s idea Pepe the prawn
Jim Henson • His grandma taught him how to sew • He taught himself how to make puppets using books from the library • Jim got his first job as a puppeteer on a TV show when he was only 18 • He got ideas from other TV shows, Disney movies, and commercials • He used his puppet-making skills for adult TV shows and commercials before working on Sesame Street and other kids’ shows
Muppet Ideas: • Jim Henson used different ideas to make each muppet character individual • Some characters are based on animals, monsters, made-up creatures, and even humans!
Bert & Ernie! Who did these sketches become?
Kermit Big Bird Muppets based on ANIMALS Barkley Sprocket Rowlf Captain Vegetable
Muppets based on MONSTERS Cookie Monster, Grover, Maurice, Telly, and Harry Monster Elmo Sweetums
MADE-UP Creature Muppets Animal Gonzo Snuffy Martians Mahna Mahna & Snowths Fraggles
Muppets based on HUMANS Statler & Waldorf Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker Jim Henson! Bert & Ernie Guy Smiley Scooter Salvador Dada
What will your character look like? Idea worksheet!