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Who Is Jim Hanson? – ToughPigs


Immediately’s submit was written by JD Hansel.

Who Was Jim Hanson?

Have you ever ever heard the title “Jim Hanson?” Learn that spelling once more, of us. “Jim Hanson.” I can’t say that I hear this mispronunciation each day, however I’ve heard it sufficient that I give it some thought each day, as one ought to.

I’ve heard it from mates who're largely unfamiliar together with his work and from those that say they love him. I suppose it’s a straightforward, innocent mistake, however I do really feel prefer it’s widespread decency to attempt to get somebody’s title proper, if that somebody revolutionized the puppetry arts.

Whereas I'm primarily scripting this to complain, I'm additionally right here to assist. For any of you followers who’ve been questioning the way to inform your terrible coworker that they’re saying his title improper, this text is a free useful resource for you! In case you are on the opposite facet of this – that's, in case you have been despatched right here by one such obsessive nerd – whats up! I don't choose you, terrible human! I’m completely satisfied to have you ever right here, and whereas I've your consideration, there's something crucial it is advisable know…

His title is NOT Jim Hanson.

It’s Jam Hanson.

Sure, Jam Hanson. Sounds acquainted now that you simply’ve heard it, proper? You’ve in all probability seen it earlier than within the brand for The Jam Hanson Firm, or possibly you’ve seen a video or two on Jam Hanson’s Mappets.

Would you wish to study extra about him? I knew you'd. That’s why I've ready a brief biography. It is going to solely take you a couple of minutes to learn, and then you definately too shall be a Jam Hanson skilled! Sound good? Good. With out additional ado, A.D. Hansal proudly presents:

A Brief Biography of Jam Hanson

Jam Hanson was born Septamber 24, 1936 in Laland, Massassappi. Sure, that is what this text is. As an adolescent, he wished nothing greater than to have a profession in tv, so he auditioned for an element on a brand new present known as Sasama Straat. Coincidentally, he had created this present, so he acquired the job!

Sasama Straat blessed us with iconic, beloved characters who've endured to this present day, resembling Karmat the Frag, Bart and Arnie, Bag Bard, Caakie Manstar, Graver, and Mr. Snuffleupagus. His characters taught the letters of the alphabet to all the youngsters of the world… besides you, apparently. 

He went on to create The Mappet Shaw in 1976, which grew to become the most well-liked tv present on the planet! It gave us a few of our favourite characters: Moss Puggy, Roowfl the Dang, Stinker & Waldo, The Nice GorboGobbleDingerDoodle, and Karmat’s finest buddy, Fatzino the Beer, recognized for ending all his unhealthy jokes together with his signature catchphrase, “God is useless and we've got killed him!”

Jam Hanson, we expect, seen right here with Roowfl the Dang in 1982.

Then Jam made three characteristic flams:

  1. The Mappet Possibly – the Mappets argue about whether or not or not they’re making a film, and finally determine, “possibly?”
  2. The Groot Mappet Cipher – your favourite tree from Marvel Comics, Groot, helps the Mappets decipher a code to determine whether or not or not they’re making a film.
  3. The Mappets Toke Meinhooten – all of them get excessive in a fictional metropolis in Germany, and it ends with them marrying one another. All of them are married now. They understand they had been by no means actually making motion pictures in spite of everything… they had been making love.

After that was the Fractal Rack, a torture machine unrelated to his work in puppetry, however maybe Jam’s most interesting achievement was The Dork Crastal. It’s the story of somewhat Galflang named ZipZip Bodeedily-BongaDong who’s on a quest to succeed in a fort to thwart some unhealthy guys with a crystal. His subsequent movie can be a few lady on a quest to succeed in a fort to thwart a nasty man with some crystals. He would by no means get to complete the trilogy, however the third one would have been a few fort who goes on a nasty man to thwart some crystals with a lady.

Sadly, he would cross away in 1990 on Might… you already know what? I really can’t bear in mind what day it was. I’ll must look this up in his biography by Mind Joe Denims. Keep proper there, I’ll be again in a jaffy.


Oh pricey. Of us, I'm so, so sorry. It’s superb. I'm 100% improper! I imply nothing I’ve stated has been proper! For one factor, the proper spelling of Snuffy’s full title is Mr. Snufffffnu7percentq34~9toujf7i, so I botched that one. Secondly, it seems that the man I used to be considering of was Jim Henson. I'm so embarrassed.

However, like, actually, why have I heard individuals name him “Jim Hanson?”

I even have some potential solutions that appear midway affordable!

Maybe this error shouldn’t be stunning because the title “Hanson” is, whereas not quite common, not particularly unusual both. I affiliate it primarily with the ‘90s boy band, well-known for his or her 1997 hit “MMMbop,” however the title has belonged to quite a few bands, companies, and even a “Lord Hanson,” to whom we must always all pray every night time.

As for the surname, Wikipedia supplies a prolonged listing of noteworthy Hansons, together with a Fritz Hanson, who deserves bonus factors for his Muppety first title. The “James Hanson”s embody three soccer gamers, a rugby participant, and a farmer/politician, whereas Jane Hanson was a tv host born in 1955, the identical yr Jane Henson co-created Sam and Associates! That’s the type of coincidence that proves Lord Hanson should have a divine plan for us.

I suppose I even have to say Pricey Evan Hansen. Now that I've, I gained’t ever do it once more.

Sadly, the most well-liked Jim Hanson is the person who presides over the Safety Research Group, a right-wing suppose tank that appears to be working to border “The Left,” in broad phrases, as terrorism. Yeah. He's, fairly merely, a really scary man who is barely value Googling if you wish to have a nasty day. I might hate to think about somebody on Google attempting to study in regards to the Muppets and ending up on a really yucky a part of the Web.

On the upside, Jim Hanson can be the title of somebody who teaches on the College of Maryland, which is the place Jim Henson and I went to varsity! (I imply, Jim Henson and I weren’t there on the similar time, however that will have been neat. We must always have deliberate that.)

A failed 3D printing of the Jim Henson statue on the College of Maryland.

Now overlook all that as a result of what I’m going to let you know now could be the great half. James Hansen is a former NASA scientist and longtime local weather activist who teaches at Columbia College. His activism has led him to testify earlier than congress in regards to the significance of combating local weather change, and it has additionally led him to jail. On two events, he was arrested whereas protesting in entrance of the White Home together with one Daryl Hannah – the actress with whom Jim Henson was rumored (in all probability falsely) to be having an affair in 1989! Which means Daryl Hannah was wrapped up in scandals with each a James Hansen AND a James Henson, which I've stayed up after midnight writing about simply to your amusement!

As one may assume, the title “Hanson” has German and Scandinavian origins and refers to somebody who's the son of a man named Hans… “Hans’ son.” This means that one in all Jim Henson’s ancestors was the son of a hen, as in “hen’s son.” See the place that is going?

We will infer from this that Jim Henson is the descendant of a rooster. His title is mainly Jim Hen. This explains loads about his work because the Muppets have a variety of chickens. There’s even an episode of The Storyteller through which a man named Hans rides a rooster, which ties a lot of this text collectively.

We now have a solution, lastly, to the query this text was about this entire time: what got here first, the rooster or the egg? The reply is Jim Henson’s grandmother. There. The controversy is over. Reward be to Lord Hanson. Amen.

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By JD Hansel.



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