Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories

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Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories
Also known as Mother Goose Stories
Directed by Brian Henson
Starring Angie Passmore
Karen Prell
Mike Quinn
Mak Wilson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39
Production
Executive producer(s) Brian Henson
Producer(s) Mark Johnson
Location(s) Toronto
Camera setup multi-setup
Running time 30 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV (UK)
The Disney Channel (U.S.)[1][2]
Original airing August 25, 1990[3]

Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories was a children's television show hosted by Mother Goose, who tells her three goslings the stories behind well-known nursery rhymes.

Production[edit]

The show combined live-action child actors with elaborate puppets created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The show featured puppeteers Mike Quinn, Mak Wilson, and Karen Prell as various characters, along with Angie Passmore as the titular Mother Goose.

Fourteen of the episodes were based on stories in L. Frank Baum's 1897 book Mother Goose in Prose, while the others were original tales written for the show. The general look of the characters was based on the work of Maxfield Parrish, the artist who illustrated Baum's book.[4]

The series was originally conceived as a co-production between the Jim Henson Company and Television South West for British television and was first broadcast on Children's ITV in the UK in 1988. A pilot episode, the story of "Humpty Dumpty", was produced in 1987 along with other episodes. The series was considered for a network slot in 1987, but was passed on. The first release of the series came in 1988 through a home video release as part of Jim Henson's Play-Along Video series. The video featured three episodes of the show, "Little Miss Muffet", "A Song of Sixpence" and "Boy Blue", plus original linking footage between each story.

The series finally found a home as a broadcast series on The Disney Channel starting on August 25, 1990,[3] and was the company's first new television series to debut after the death of Jim Henson. Mother Goose Stories had three production seasons, spawning thirty-nine eight-minute episodes. For airing on The Disney Channel, the 39 independently produced episodes were grouped into 13 broadcast episodes to fit the half-hour time slot. Each of these broadcast episodes was composed of three separate stories (with individual opening titles and closing credits attached to each one). The show continued to air on The Disney Channel until 1993.[5][6]

The first and third seasons of Mother Goose Stories were directed by Brian Henson, in one of his earliest directorial efforts for The Jim Henson Company, while Michael Kerrigan directed the episodes in the second season. Henson and Kerrigan received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Program for their work on the show.[7]

A video of the series was also released by CEL Home Video in Australia along with several other films and TV shows from The Jim Henson Company.

Plot[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season One[edit]

  1. Humpty Dumpty -
  2. Baa Baa Black Sheep -
  3. Mary, Mary -
  4. The Prince and the Beggars -
  5. Tommy Tucker -
  6. Little Bo Peep -
  7. Hickory Dickory Dock -
  8. Little Jack Horner -
  9. Little Miss Muffet -
  10. A Song of Sixpence -
  11. Boy Blue -
  12. Old King Cole -
  13. Hey, Diddle Diddle -

Season Two[edit]

  1. Eenie Meenie -
  2. Dicky Birds -
  3. The Crooked Man -
  4. Mother Hubbard -
  5. Eensy Weensy Spider -
  6. Hector Protector -
  7. Mary's Little Lamb -
  8. Duke of York -
  9. Pat-a-Cake -
  10. Jack Be Nimble -
  11. Willie Winkie -
  12. Man in the Moon -
  13. Jack & Jill -

Season Three[edit]

  1. The Queen of Hearts -
  2. Hickety Pickety -
  3. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat -
  4. Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater -
  5. Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross -
  6. It's Raining, It's Pouring -
  7. The Giant -
  8. Tommy Tittlemouse -
  9. Little Nut Tree -
  10. Little Girl with a Curl -
  11. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star -
  12. Margery Daw -
  13. Rub a Dub Dub -

Cast[edit]

Puppeteers[edit]

Awards[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series (Brian Henson, Michael Kerrigan)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design (Mark Storey, Jacqueline Mills, Jill Thraves)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Henson Shows His Hand : JIM HENSON IS GONE BUT SOME OF HIS PUPPETS LIVE ON WITH 'MOTHER GOOSE'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Old Tales Made New By Henson The Last Work From The Hands Of The Late Puppeteer Begins This Morning On Cable's Disney Channel. Thirty-nine Rhymes Will Come To Life, With Muppets In Almost All The Roles.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  3. ^ a b The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 8, no. 3 (typo in magazine: should be "no. 4"), July/August 1990: pp. 26, 32, 43, 54.
  4. ^ "TV REVIEW : A Captivating 'Mother Goose'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  5. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 11, no. 1, December 1992/January 1993: pp. 30, 42.
  6. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 11, no. 2, February/March 1993: p. 26.
  7. ^ "The 42d Annual Emmys "The Tracey Ullman Show\" Takes Twice As Many Awards As Any Other Show; \"l. A. Law" Is Named Best Drama Series.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 

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