The Graphic Designer Who Made ‘The Muppets’ the Next Trendsetter
When “The Muppet Show” premiered in 1966, a generation of young kids was awash in the magic of puppet magic.
They were hooked.
The series, which was created by Gene Kelly, a longtime puppeteer and choreographer, began to capture the imagination of an audience that was never quite ready for an animated series.
“I was watching ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ on TV, and I couldn’t believe how excited I was to be a part of the world of puppets,” Kelly told the New York Times.
“That was when I realized how powerful the art of puppetry was.
I was just hooked.
It was my way of telling my children how to create, how to design, how much fun I had making it.”
It was the kind of career Kelly never had, but he did end up doing a lot of things that would go on to define the design and production of many of the most iconic characters in pop culture history.
Today, Kelly’s design career is arguably unmatched in terms of the breadth and depth of his artistic output.
As a visual artist, Kelly is considered a master of both graphic design and animation.
In addition to designing the backgrounds of iconic characters like Aladdin, Tigger and Toto, he created characters like The Tigger in the Disney films, and even made his own Disney cartoons like the original version of Aladdin.
He even produced the first two seasons of “The Big Bang Theory.”
It’s a story Kelly told in his own words, in his upcoming book, The Muppet Masterpiece: How My Career Started, How I Became a Legend, How My Design Career Has Changed the World, and What It Means to be A Graphic Designer.
He also shared some of the other projects he worked on in the meantime.
“The best illustration is the one you’ve always been looking for,” he said.
“You have to have a good sense of what the audience wants.
That’s what you want to know.
You need to know how people are responding to what you’ve done, so that when you get an opportunity to work with someone else on something new, you can see if that’s what they want to do.”
In a way, Kelly was just a puppetmaster for the rest of his life.
His artistry is so deep that his designs are often considered “art.”
And while the characters in “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” are a work of art in their own right, Kelly says that the most important thing in the work he does for Disney is to make them entertaining.
“For me, art is not about making money.
Art is about making a good product for people.
And if that means creating characters that are entertaining, I do that.
It’s my passion, my passion is my business,” Kelly said.
Kelly also had a long and successful career as a puppeteers educator, which he shared with his kids.
As Kelly explained in his book, “The Power of the Art,” he taught his kids about puppetry, animation and puppetry design from an early age.
“When they were young, we would spend hours every day watching ‘The Little Rascals’ and ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ watching what the puppeteering was all about.
I would say that, for the most part, the kids that grew up with me knew exactly what I was talking about,” Kelly continued.
“We were able to understand it because they had been brought up in a home where that kind of knowledge was taught to them.”
Kelly also taught his own children about puppeteered characters from a young age.
He says that, as a young man, he was very passionate about the art form, but it didn’t take long for his passion to take hold of him.
“My first day of school, I sat down and I wrote this story.
I sat there for two hours, I read it, and it was my first book,” Kelly recalled.
“It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever written, and then I just sat there and I cried.”
Today, he said, he has a passion for the art he was taught growing up.
“If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t be doing it.
I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I don,t care about it,” he added.
Kelly’s passion is the type of art that has influenced the design of every character in the “Muppet” universe.
“There are so many things that have made me feel good about the character of Almond, the character I created for ‘The Big Show,'” he said about Almond.
“They are all the things I love about Al.
I am so happy that they were so talented.”
Kelly has a number of children, including a daughter named Amelia, who he’s named after the