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Disney announces Muppet DVDs to be Pan & Scan

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Ken Plume, Apr 22, 2002.

  1. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Well, to be honest I wasnt planning on buying these on dvd(or vhs) anyways. Early to mid nineties was awkward at best and it shows(a time when Disney had its tentacles intertwined immensely) Its no surprise Disney is releasing in pan and scan, that shouldnt be a surprise to anyone(I mean wasnt Beaker and Bunsen's musical number snipped?) I am much more a fan of Columbia/Sony Wonder when it comes to releases(They even release BEAR, as Disney doesnt have their name on that)
    Ok, sure they butchered MFC, but I was so happy to have that in clear digital form instead of bootleg uk dub vhs I didnt care.

    I wont say that there hasnt been a good Muppet film since the mid 80's...I will say though, as far as 'online dvd petitions' go, the Fraggle Rock one has more of my attention.

  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Yeah, I knew that and had already posted that about WB and Follow that Bird somewhere before now, either in this forum, in the petition, or in an e-mail to Disney, so I didn't see any reason to really re-write the whole "WB did blah blah" over and over again, especially seeing as everyone here already knows WB did FTB...at least I HOPE everyone knows it. I just don't tend to get all detailed about things I figure someone can realize what I'm talking about anyhow.

    Later on!
  3. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member

    You know, I was thinking that it might do good things for the cause if Ken Plume were to do a story on FilmForce about this. At least a small blurb with a link to the article on MC. The more people this news gets to, the more people can call in and write.
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I agree with that, Croeman....

    I hope the word DOES get out. I've been telling folks, but unfortunately my friends aren't as heartfelt as I am about the Muppets.

    Maybe we should flood the White House with calls??


    (Or do you think I should go back to my threats of smacking folks in the back of the head with my rubber chicken?)
  5. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet New Member

    Keep it up folks.

    Everyone CALL CALL CALL CALL Disney. Also, you can contact Henson Company and let them know that you want them to step in an take action on your behalf. Let them know that as muppet fans you really want their films in widescreen. They don't have direct control over these titles that Disney owns but they *do* have INFLUENCE. Tell them to use it.

    Go to henson.com website and email every contact you can find. Call the phone numbers and ask to speak with their PR reps and talk to them directly (you have this right!).

    Be polite to them, and let them know that the reason you care so much is because you're a muppet fan who wants to see his/her muppet films shown in their original widescreen format regardless of the studio that "owns" the rights to the DVD release.

    Go to it!!!

    BTW, the NEXT step, in addition to petitioning Henson to release Fraggle Rock on DVD (the entire series, in order!!!) is to hit W.B. and get Follow That Bird in 16x9 WS. It's such a shame they crapped on this title right after we won the Willy Wonka WS battle!

  6. Stulz

    Stulz Active Member

    Bunsen & beaker song

    FOZZI3B3AR - i'm pretty sure that song was cut BEFORE the theatrical release. I remember seeing the movie for the 1st time and realizing that song wasn't in the film.

    Same with Muppet Treasure Island.. there's a cut in the song Cabin Fever.. if you listen to the soundtrack the song has extra parts that are not in the movie.

  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Aw, man! I'd be almost certain i saw it in the theatrical release! I just really feel like i saw that scene!

  8. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member


    I went to the Crew Screening and Premiere in London, and i am sure i saw that scene.

    See ya
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Thanks, BlueFrackle; I just knew I wasn't THAT bonkerz.

  10. Grandmaster C

    Grandmaster C Member

    First post folks, go easy on me...

    Personally, I think that it shouldn't just be a Muppets fan thing, anyone who considers themself a movie fan should be making sure that these movies are released on DVD as they originally presented.

    To me, it doesn't make sense that Disney is doing this either, especially since just recently, they released some of their animated classics (which are "family movies") like Peter Pan, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Oliver & Company in widescreen, so I don't understand why the Muppets aren't worthy of the same treatment.

    That doesn't sound like a bad idea! :)
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hiya Grand Master...

    "To me, it doesn't make sense that Disney is doing this either, especially since just recently, they released some of their animated classics (which are "family movies") like Peter Pan, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Oliver & Company in widescreen, so I don't understand why the Muppets aren't worthy of the same treatment. "

    See? That's exACTLY the reason why I don't want Disney to buy the Muppets...we can already see how they treat them now; much less when they get them and forget about them later.

    Can anyone remember Roger Rabbit? RIP bunny.


    (Whose rubber chicken has gained dry rot and is waiting on Emmy to check and see if there are any without sound boxes in her city so he can soon begin to smack people in the back of the head again.)
  12. Grandmaster C

    Grandmaster C Member

    Right back atcha Foz

    Ahhh yes, my favourite movie ever, my VHS tape of it is worn out beyond belief and it was the first DVD I ever bought (although it was overpriced and had no special features, I couldn't go without it.)

    But I do see what you mean unfortunately...
  13. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny New Member

    Roger Rabbit

    Disney is currently working on an ulimate Roger Rabbit DVD.
  14. Lu775

    Lu775 Member

    Whoops- Edited to delete message.
    Just read the info I was looking for in an earlier message on this thread.

    Never mind. :)
  15. Grandmaster C

    Grandmaster C Member

    Re: Roger Rabbit

    Oh man, that just made my day! :D

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