Jim Henson's Kooky Take on Time

Last week I went on a Freelancer Field Trip to check out the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image.  While there was plenty of Henson's inspiring puppetry (to say nothing of the myriad other attractions at this fantastic museum), the thing that stood out for me was Henson's 1965 experimental short film, Time Piece. In 9 frenetic minutes, this The Academy Award-nominated short tells the story of the everyman who juggles work and family, bounds between sickness and health, and wrestles with desire and obligation.  All the while, clocks tick and a relentless staccato beat marks the passage of time.  Our protagonist is constantly on the run, but never seems to get anywhere.

I couldn't help but think of this as a slightly kooky window into the work that I do with busy professionals who are trying to lead, love and live the best they can with the time they are given.  There is something timeless about this struggle.

For your amusement, and without further adieu, I give you Jim Henson's 1965 Time Piece:

(Note:  I would rate this film about a PG-13 for some tame-ish burlesque dancing... so keep that in mind if you are watching this in a shared office space.)

Can't see the video above?  Watch it here.