Before Jim Henson joined Sesame Street in 1969, the great puppeteer took on various projects during the 60s, sometimes creating experimental films (for example, the Oscar-nominated short Time Piece), other times producing primers on puppet making, and then pursuing the occasional commercial project — like the one just uncovered by AT&T.
Back in 1963, Henson was asked to create a short film for a Bell Data Communications Seminar held in Chicago. The conference organizers sent a three-page memo to Henson outlining the main themes of the conference — one being the strange and sometimes fraught relationship between man and machine. Henson’s film only runs three minutes, but it gets the message across … and then some.
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