Jim Henson's Animal Show premiered in 1994. Jim Henson's Animal Show is an educational show primarily aimed at a preschool audience, but it also has something to offer older viewers. Because the show focuses on animals rather than basic concepts like the alphabet, non-preschool viewers can even learn some interesting things by watching it. It's kind of like a PBS nature show in which all the animals talk.Jake and Stinky are extremely engaging and warm hosts. Jake the polar bear (performed by Muppeteer Steve Whitmire) is a sensible father figure, laughing with Stinky and keeping the show moving. He's an incredibly beautiful puppet, with a very big, expressive face and huge black eyes that actually move and blink (thanks to the Henson remote-control technology). Stinky the skunk (Dave Goelz) is the comic member of the team. He gets excited about irrelevant things, asks silly questions, and tries to imitate other animals. The dynamic between the two hosts is a useful educating tool; Stinky will often get a funny wrong idea about something, which Jake will have to explain.