Toby Froud, son of Brian Froud, and the baby in the striped PJs from the movie Labyrinth, grew up, moved from Great Britain to Portland for a job at LAIKA. In the later part of June, he premiered his own fantasy puppet film, Lessons Learned, in collaboration with Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather.
Lessons Learned screened as part of three puppet shorts produced by Heather Henson’s company, Ibex Puppetry, for its Handmade Puppet Dreams film series. It’s worth noting that the second short, “Melvin the Birder,” was a charming paper cutout work also created by Portlanders, Beady Little Eyes Productions, about a birder’s quest to photograph the elusive Mustard Billed Wood-pecking Belly Wiggler.
But the centerpiece was Lessons Learned, a 15-minute tale about a boy whose grandfather gives him a “lessons learned” box, a physical receptacle of sorts to collect all the things he learns in his life. (The Portland Monthly)