“Drums West” cut-paper animation from Jim Henson. This newly rediscovered short was created in Jim’s home studio in Bethesda, MD around 1961. It is one of several experimental shorts inspired by the music of jazz great Chico Hamilton. At the end, in footage probably shot by Jerry Juhl, Jim demonstrates his working method.


First:

The more I go back, back
See the first makers
When it was all new

Before rules
Before white men
Had their books

The more I go back, back
I see exploration
And boys and hearts

Before me
And now I
have their books


And now some still images from this paper animation:

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West

Jim Henson Drums West