I think it’s safe to assume that anyone reading this will recognize the name Jim Henson. The Muppets is usually the first thing that most people think of. SciFi fans (those of you reading this most likely) are likely to point to The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth.
But how many of you have heard of The Cube? I hadn’t until recently. The Cube was an hour long episode of an NBC anthology show called Experiment in Television. It was aired on February 23rd 1969 and re-aired once in 1970.
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This is entirely a live action production that was done before Henson turned his full attention to the Muppets and other puppet productions. The screenplay however was co-written by Jerry Juhl who was also involved in writing the Muppets.
The Cube is about a man (played by Richard Schaal) who is trapped in a small white room which anyone else is free to enter or leave. The man experiences a series of strange encounters with various people who walk into the cube through hidden doors. He however can only leave through his own door. If he can find it.
It is a strange and very experimental work which is really different to any other Henson production that I’ve seen.
And why am I telling you about this? Well I received an email recently informing me that The Cube is now available on iTunes.eoghann.com..