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Before The Muppets, Jim Henson Made an Adorably Surreal Video For AT&T

To describe a robot future, the makers of The Bell System, at the time the leading telephone service in the US and Canada, hired Jim Henson. Then known as the eccentric behind the variety puppet show Sam and Friends, and before he became a household...

by Katie Bennett
Jun 26 2012, 3:00pm

To describe a robot future, the makers of The Bell System, at the time the leading telephone service in the US and Canada, hired Jim Henson. Then known as the eccentric behind the variety puppet show Sam and Friends, and before he became a household name with The Muppets, Henson made his first robot puppet to speak on behalf of the relationship between man and machine.

Based on the Memo Henson received from Ted Mills, one of Bell’s president’s, Henson created a charismatic and lovable puppet, one that seems downright cuddly compared to some modern robots. That is, until he starts threatening us.

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