Above is the original network television pitch reel created by Jim Henson to sell The Muppet Show to CBS. The reel features a character named Leo, who originally starred in the Muppet Meeting Films, which was a series of bizarre corporate training videos made by Henson.
Leo says, “Small children will love the cute cuddly characters. Young people will love the fresh innovative comedy. College kids and intellectual eggheads will love the underlying symbolism of everything. Freaky long hair, dirty, cynical hippies will love our freaky long hair, dirty, cynical Muppets.”
Right from the get go, it seems that Henson knew exactly who the show was intended for. It feels like Pixar just took a page right from the Henson playbook. [via TDW]