Jim Henson's Pilot For A Wizard Of Id TV Series

If I could get away with it, I’d post something Jim Henson related every day. I can’t, but this – this – I’d post if I only went Henson once every year. It’s a remarkable little video. First, though, some context.

Jim Henson attempted to bring Johnny Hart‘s Wizard of Id comic strips to TV in the late 60s. According to the Red Book Henson archive, the pilot was shot in early 1969. They provide some background on how the project came about, and why it never came to be:

In the summer of 1968, Jim Henson met Johnny Hart, the creator of the popular comic strips B.C. and The Wizard of Id. They discussed the idea of creating a television show based on The Wizard of Id that would combine puppets with an animated background…

…Robert Reed of Publishers-Hall [tried] to sell the show to the networks as a series or as several specials. In September of 1970, ABC expressed interest in making a Wizard of Id feature film, but, by that time, Jim was busy with Sesame Street, the Tales of Muppetlandspecials, and his variety show appearances and decided not to take the idea any further.

Oh, what might have been.

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Thanks to Cartoon Brew for the heads up.

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