“LESSONS LEARNED” The Next Generation of Henson and Froud to Premier Puppet Film at Hollywood Theatre


We are excited to announce the June 21st premiere of an Oregon made puppet film from Toby Froud and Heather Henson.  Toby Froud is a sculptor, fabricator, puppeteer and filmmaker based in Hillsboro, Oregon.  His love of puppets began at a very young age after playing Toby the baby abducted by David Bowie’s Goblin King in the Henson classic Labyrinth.

Toby, the son of renowned artists/designers Brian and Wendy Froud (Dark Crystal and Labyrinth), has partnered with Heather Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter, to brings new magic to the world of characters and creatures familiar and beloved by fans of their parents’ work.  Toby’s new film “Lessons Learned” echoes with the wonder and charm of yesteryear while telling a fantastic new Froudian tale – backed by the Henson name for high-quality puppet films.

“Lessons Learned” is a short film about a young boy receiving an intriguing birthday gift from his grandfather.  This gift that will stay with him for the rest of his life as he stumbles from his grandfather’s cottage to a layered world of trials and danger within a magical box.

“Lessons Learned” was directed by Toby Froud and executive produced by Heather Henson for her Handmade Puppet Dreams (HMPD) film series.  Additional funding for “Lessons Learned” came through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign of nearly 1,000 backers.  The Kickstarter link:


Toby graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in London, UK and his resumé includes the Muppet Workshop, WETA Workshop, Michael Curry Design and Legacy Effects.  He works at Laika Entertainment in Hillsboro, as a puppet fabricator for the feature films “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” and as a sculptor on the new film “The Boxtrolls.”

Toby Froud’s film will screen Saturday, June 21st at 4:30pm at Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR.  “Lessons Learned” will screen alongside two other HMPD films, “Colosse” by Brooklyn/Paris-based filmmaker Yves Geleyn and “Melvin the Birder”, produced by Portland’s own Beady Little Eyes Productions.  For tickets visit: http://tiny.cc/LessonsLearned

For more information or interviews, contact Sam Koji Hale at 818-648-4714 or email [email protected].


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