New Google doodle celebrates Jim Henson and The Muppets

Puppet pioneer honoured on what would have been his 75th birthday

Jim Henson has been honoured by Google with a new doodle on what would have been his 75th birthday.

Henson, who died of a lung infection in 1990, created The Muppets, Sesame Street and countless characters for film and television.

The collaboration between Google and the Jim Henson Company allows users to control the puppets using their cursors.

Mel Horan, art director at the Jim Henson Company, said: “It’s so fitting since Jim was such a prolific doodler.

“His creative process began with a single doodle and evolved into these amazing characters he brought to life. We tried to capture that and merge it with Google’s logo.”

The first Google doodle – which celebrated the Burning Man festival – appeared on the search engine site in 1998. Others given similar honours include guitar pioneer Les Paul and more recently Queen‘s Freddie Mercury.

Aside from The Muppets and Sesame Street, Henson was also responsible for bringing characters from Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, Dinosaurs and Fraggle Rock to life, while he assisted in the creation of Master Yoda in the Star Wars franchise.

Jim’s son Brian Henson wrote a post about his father for the Google blog. He said: “Every day for him was joyously filled with the surprises of other people’s ideas.

“I often think that if we all lived like that, not only would life be more interesting, we’d all be a lot happier.”

Watch a video of Feist performing a maths-friendly version of ‘1,2,3,4’ on Sesame Street below.