Jim Henson - Details


JIM HENSON'S CREATURE SHOP, now with locations in London and Los Angeles, was established in 1979. The shop is recognized around the world for its quality work in the areas of animatronics, robotics, puppet making, model-making, art direction and costume design, as well as prosthetic make-up, on a myriad of projects for the feature film, television and commercial industries, and is now building a further reputation as creator of high-end 3-D computer graphics.

Famous for its characters and creatures who inhabit such productions as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dinosaurs, Babe, Pinocchio, "101 Dalmations, George of the Jungle, Dr. Dolittle, Jack Frost and Animal Farm, the Creature Shop is a pioneer in the field of animatronics, and on its staff are some of the most experienced designers and crafts people in the industry today.

The Creature Shop has always had a special reputation for its performance-centered approach, and, in 1992 received a Technical Academy Award® for its computer-based Henson Performance Control System, but many people have unwittingly become familiar with their work in a wider arena in such films as The Bear, The Phantom, The English Patient, The Odyssey, Lost in Space, Merlin and the current TV hit sci-fi show Farscape.

Founded in 1987, RHYTHM & HUES STUDIOS (Visual Effects) is a leading producer of characater animation and visual effects for the entertainment industry.

In 1995, the studio was honored with the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects for its work on the film Babe, which was also named one of the top 10 films of the decade by the Associated Press. In 1999, the studio crossed a major threshold by announcing it would produce and develop its own theatrical films and television projects.

The company's 70,000 square-foot studio is a creative home for more than 300 artist and staff, including directors of both live action and animation, paint-box artists, modelers, computer animators, producers, programmers, writers and production support. The founders are experienced hands-on creatives, familiar with the complexities of production. Their technical and creative guidances provides an invaluable resource to clients. The Motion Picture Division has provided effects and character animation for such recent films as: Fantasia 2000, Anna and the King, Stuart Little, End of Days and Mystery Men. R&H prides itself on its rich tradition of cinematic excellence, having played a major role in the success of ground-breaking animation and visual effects, including: Titanic, Babe and Terminator 2:Judgment Day.


  • 24th September 1936 - Birth
  • 16th May 1990 - Death