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Roger Langridge adapting unproduced Jim Henson screenplay

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Roger Langridge, who earned acclaim for his run on BOOM! Studios’ The Muppets, will return to the world of Jim Henson in October with Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow.

Published by Archaia, the graphic novel is an adaptation of a 1960s screenplay for an unproduced Thanksgiving television special by Henson and Jerry Juhl, later head writer of The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock and co-writer of five of the first six Muppet feature films. According  to USA Today, the script had been in the Henson archives for decades, along with Tale of Sand, which was adapted in 2012 as a graphic novel by Ramon Perez.

The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow is set in 1968 in Turkey Hollow, New Hampshire — the turkey capital of the state — which is populated by more than 3,000 turkeys but just 27 people. Unknown to them, an egg carry seven aliens crash-landed nearby centuries before, with each of the furry creatures possessing the ability to create a different musical sound. They finally make their presence known when one day they provide accompaniment for young Timmy Henderson as plays guitar by a stream. But the newfound friends quickly become pawns in a scheme involving missing turkeys and an attempted land grab.

“A lot of the substance of the tale is Timmy discovering his self-confidence — and his own emerging talent — through his friendship with the musical monsters, and learning to stand up for what’s important to him,” Langridge tells USA Today.
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Chaos McKenzie

June 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

It’s too bad Disney or Marvel don’t get Langridge to do an adaptation of the unseen Muppet script Henson and Juhl wrote, where Gonzo is given a budget for a film, and then he blows it all on the opening scenes… it’s legendary in muppet circles.

Disney doesn’t ever seem that keen to remember the old stuff, especially from before Jim died.

You spelled Jerry’s name wrong, by the by. Jerry Juhl is responsible for some of the best loved Muppet moments ever.

I have a sleeve of muppet tattoos, several based on Langridge’s takes. They fit will into the pattern.

Roger Langridge producing new work is exciting enough in itself, but when the new work is a prevously unseen story from the master storyteller Jin Henson the excitement levels are cranked to 11 !!

The theme of gaining confidence and the ability to stand up for one’s beliefs is a great one too – this book will be one I will share with the whole family, confident there is a cool – and important – message in there for both my 15 year old daughter and 5 year old son (the baby will enjoy the colourful pictures !!)

@Chaos McKenzie: Marvel/Disney didn’t do it, but that movie was made.

It was called “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.”

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