The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Turkey Hollow is a picturesque town where hundreds of years
ago, unbeknownst to the citizens, a meteorite landed nearby a small brook on
the outskirts of town. One Thanksgiving, while young Timmy Henderson practices
his guitar, he’s accompanied by strange, unearthly, musical sounds. That
meteorite wasn’t a rock at all but an egg holding seven furry, goofy monsters,
each with a unique musical sound. After the initial shock, Timmy befriends the
lovable creatures following him all around Turkey Hollow. Not everyone takes a
liking to the visitors though and it’s up to Timmy to protect his new friends
and save Thanksgiving!
Many of us know and love the wondrous things that came from
the brilliant mind that was Jim Henson. 
The influence and adoration of all his work is still prevalent today,
and will likely continue to for generations to come.  This week, I had the pleasure of reading one
thing he created that never came to life. 
Now, thanks to Roger Langridge, we get to see what we missed with The
Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow.
This previously unseen story is one that looked to tell a tale
of Timmy, a young boy who discovers a group of adorable musical monsters who
landed in his small New England town many moons ago.  Quickly becoming friends with them, he then
has to defend and even rescue them from the local old grump, Mr. Sump who
claims they’re bad news.  Along with his
sister, kooky aunt and even the sheriff/mayor/store owner, Timmy heroically
works to find out just who the bad news in the town really is.
The wonderful artwork that Langridge uses to bring this
screenplay to life is exactly suited to a Henson project.  It’s like something out of a book I’d have
read as a child, as if it was originally meant to be a comic in the first
place.  The one thing that made it
difficult to completely translate is the heavy musical theme, but that’s to no
fault of the artist.  There’s only so
much you can do to illustrate music.
I really enjoyed this adaptation of this lost piece of
Henson work and applaud Langridge for letting us experience it.  While this may just be a fun, child oriented
story, all of us can benefit from the feel good nature of it.  For many, it will be almost like a trip down
memory lane, and is worth the read just to make you smile.

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