The Froud and Henson Children Have Made a Short with Puppets
By Amy Ratcliffe on July 8, 2014
Remember Sarah’s baby brother in Labyrinth? He was played by Brian Froud’s son, Toby. The junior Froud has followed in his father’s footsteps, and he turned to Kickstarter last summer to fund a live action short fantasy film. Lessons Learned doesn’t star humans though; instead it features a large cast of puppets fabricated by Toby Froud. But wait, it gets better! Heather Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter, is the executive producer for the short. Henson and Froud together yet again.
The campaign more than doubled its goal, and Lessons Learned is inching towards completion. They released the first trailer for the short a month ago, and it’s oozing with charm. If you’re a fan of the work of the original Henson and Froud, this is just the kind of film that will be up your alley. Watching it could bring on a severe case of nostalgic feelings.
Lessons Learned centers on a boy who is given a special gift for his birthday by his grandfather. Being a boy, he is curious about the gift and that inquisitiveness leads him on an exciting adventure – and aren’t those the best kinds?
The short is part of Heather Hensons’ Handmade Puppet Dreams series which showcases the art of puppetry. The film is finished and being submitted to film festivals now; it will probably be in wider distribution soon. DVDs and Blu-rays are being made as rewards for the Kickstarter campaign so it stands to reason they’ll eventually be available for purchase.