11/23/2011 10:23 am ET | Updated Dec 05, 2011

How 'The Muppets' Came To Life In Jim Henson's Fantastic World (PHOTOS)

With "The Muppets" receiving absolutely glowing reviews on, it looks as if Kermit and the gang are officially back in business after a 12-year hiatus.

The Muppets reviews are so far indicating that it's capturing the charm, innocent humor (AKA cheesy parody) and feel-good heart of puppet master and creative genius Jim Henson's original characters appearing in The Muppet Show and 1979's The Muppet Movie.

It took Henson nearly two decades for his dream of the Muppets as "entertainment for everybody" to be realized before his life was cut short by pneumonia in 1990.

While the Muppets are Jim Henson's most easily recognizable creation, his legacy of artistic creativity runs deep and through multiple artistic fields. A traveling Smithsonian exhibition titled "Jim Henson's Fantastic World" is currently on tour and on display at New York City's Museum of the Moving image until January 16th, 2012.

The exhibition is a celebration of Henson's life and work, from his high school puppetry and college posters and band art, to his sketches, storyboards, advertising, TV, film, and of course puppetry.

Images below provided courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image.

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