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‘The StoryTeller’, Jim Henson’s Series Featuring Traditional European Folk Tales Acted Out By Puppets and Humans

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The Storyteller

The StoryTeller, a collaboration between Jim Henson and British station TVS, was a wonderful series that featured traditional European folk tales acted out by puppets from the Jim Henson Creature Shop alongside human actors. The series featured a number of different actors throughout the episodes, but only had two regular characters; John Hurt as the storyteller and his talking dog, voiced by Brian Henson. The idea for the series came from Jim’s daughter Lisa.

The StoryTeller series was originally conceived by Jim Henson’s daughter Lisa after talking a folklore class at Harvard University. Jim was enchanted by the idea of a television series that remained true to the subtlety and metaphoric richness of ancient stories. He and Lisa brainstormed the concept of the series, basing all of the episodes on authentic folk tales. The result of a strong literary research team joined with the magical visual effects and animatronics produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, The StoryTeller is a rare combination of ancient tradition and modern technology artistry. – Muppet Wiki

Nine episodes were developed in 1987, but only four episodes aired in the United States until 1989 when the five remaining episodes were shown during the short-lived variety-style show The Jim Henson Hour. HBO subsequently picked up the series in 1997 and aired it in its entirety in 1997 and 1998. The StoryTeller inspired a spin-off series, Jim Henson’s The StoryTeller: Greek Myths, which ran in 1990.


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Das Horn, The Modern Version of an Ancient Drinking Horn is Now Available

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Das Horn

David Segall and industrial designer Alex Chatham created the Das Horn, the awesome modern day version of an ancient drinking horn. The BPA-free plastic drinking vessel holds 24 ounces of your favorite beverage, comes with a removable neck strap, as well as a display stand for when you need to put it down. It is now available to purchase from Vat19.com and the official Das Horn website.

Tired of drinking from pint glasses, flasks, or — heaven forbid — gold chalices? Grab a Das Horn. Feel like a viking conqueror without all the “I’m drinking out of an elephant tusk” guilt.

No beasts, mythical or real, were harmed in making Das Horn. Made from BPA-free plastic with a stainless steel rim, this legendary drinking vessel holds up to 24 oz. (709ml) of your favorite cold beverage.

Das Horn

Das Horn

Das Horn

photos and videos via Das Horn

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‘Minimalism’, A Documentary About Making More With Less

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Minimalism is an upcoming documentary by New York City filmmaker Matt D’Avella that explores the lives of individuals who are attempting to lead richer lives by abandoning things and focusing on what’s important. The film, due out in 2015, focuses on a wide variety of individuals from artists to businesspeople.

Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives—clearing the clutter from life’s path so we can make room for the most important things.

via Coudal