Written by: Roger Langridge, from a treatment by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl
Illustrated by: Roger Langridge
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Format: Hardcover, 8 x 11, 96 pages, Full Color, $24.99
In 1968, Muppets creator Jim Henson and his writing partner Jerry Juhl wrote a treatment for a television special that was never made. BOOM! Studios enlisted comic creator Roger Langridge to realize that story in graphic novel form, and the result is the charming The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow.
Young Timmy lives in Turkey Hollow, a small town which, as the name implies, is a hub of turkey farms (the town's welcome sign lists both human and turkey populations). He and his sister Ann like to go off to a brook at the end of their property to practice guitar. One day while practicing by himself, Timmy meets a group of strange beings who emerged from a rock while fell from space. He quickly discovers they communicate through sounds, and soon they're playing music together. But when Timmy's new friends follow him into town, trouble quickly brews – especially when their curmudgeonly neighbor Mr. Sump starts using these new visitors as an excuse to try and push Timmy's family out of their home.
Roger Langridge is known to many fans for his work on BOOM!'s Muppet Show comics, and his style lends itself well to this work by Henson and Juhl. Langridge's style is cartoony yet grounded, properly capturing the comedy, excitement, and suspense of the script. Musical Monsters was originally intended to be a music-heavy teleplay, and Langridge effectively captures the spirit of that through inventive art spreads. He’s greatly aided by Ian Herring's brilliant colors, which contrast the fall palate of browns and oranges (this was meant as a Thanksgiving special) with bright primary colors.
The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow is a fine addition to Langridge's body of work, and a worthy treatment of – and tribute to – one of the most enduring creative minds of popular entertainment.
The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow is suggested for Kids (6+) and up who enjoy Jim Henson's works, including the Muppets and Sesame Street.