The Cube (1969)

This philosophical teleplay covers many themes such as, the nature of reality, individual versus scientific perception, self-reference, man’s relation to others and society, insanity, social projections, and race relations. It originally aired on NBC’s weekly anthology television show NBC Experiment in Television February 23, 1969. The production was produced and directed by Jim Henson, and was one of several experiments with the live-action film medium which he conducted in the 1960s, before focusing entirely on the Muppets and other puppet works. The screenplay was co-written by long-time Muppet writer Jerry Juhl (who also appears in a cameo).

(Thanks to Patrick Flanigan, who uploaded it to Google Video)


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  3. I was seven years old, sick with the stomach flu, lying on my mother’s bed (yes, they had twin beds) and taking a break from reading The Bobbsey Twins, when this came on tv. To say it traumatized me trivializes the experience.
    Suffice to say the refrain “You’ll never get out till you’re dead,” appeared with some regularity in my nightmares. Also, as a seven-year-old, I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t just get (the fuck) out of there. And am I wrong, or was the principal actor something of a regular on “Love, American Style”? I knew Lisa Henson at Harvard in the early 80’s, and I have half a mind to call her in LA and say, “Man your dad sure messed with my head!”