How Did They Film Kermit's 'Rainbow Connection'?

The lengths Jim Henson went to create just one scene from The Muppet Movie is a peek into the wonderful mind of the master puppeteer. Read more about "The Rainbow Connection" and the weird contraptions required to film it below.

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RAINBOW CONNECTION The opening song to 1979's The Muppet Movie was nominated for an Oscar and became an unexpected radio hit. CRACKED.COM

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The movie starts with Kermit sweetly playing a banjo on a log in the middle of swamp. It's beautiful, with sweeping landscape shots. But with the Mupp

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IT REQUIRED A COMPLICATED SET-UP WIRE To BANJO RUBBER SLEEVE AR TV TUBE TV MONITOR MONITOR CABLE ALUMINUM TANK Jim Henson was sealed in an aluminum taSource: Tough Pigs

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A MORE ACCURATE VIEW OXYGEH OXYGEN The water was only 4 feet deep, SO Jim Henson at 6'3 had to squeeze himself into the small container, unable to stSource: Jim Henson: The Biography

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A CLOSER LOOK OXYGEN OXYGEN Henson was sealed in the small diving bell for up three hours at a time for five days of filming. CRACKEDCONT Source: Jim Henson: The Biography

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HENSON COMPARED IT TO BEING BURIED ALIVE Henson also said it was no place for someone with claustrophobia. His 13-year-old son was frightened to seeSource: Jim Henson: The Biography

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THAT WAS HARDLY THE ONLY SCENE THAT WAS DIFFICULT TO FILM. For example, the Rainbow Conection finale involved 250 Muppets with over 150 puppeteers i

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IT PROVED HENSON'S DEDICATION To HIS CRAFT One of the fellow crew members said Henson would never ask us to do anything that he hadn't done himself oSource: Jim Henson: The Biography