I have to say I hate Disney owning the Muppets for many reasons, first when they had some rights to them before. First most the Muppet movies before that were original ideas not take off or rip offs of books or other movies. Now that is in debate was that Brian and the kids or Disney. My guess is a lot of pitches and Disney only wanted to produce the books. I didn't like Muppet Christmas Carol or, Treasure Island (hmmm how many of these Treasure rip offs has Disney done now 500?). Now going to the URBAN Wizard of Oz just seems it is all going in the same direction. Like I said I don't know how much was Disney and how much was losing Jim and his very creative mind. But when Disney had it before they also tried to rip the Henson Company off causing the huge mess it ended up in and everything being sold off. Then you have Muppets Tonight, again I didn't really like it, but I was giving it a chance, watching it and all, next thing I know, Bam it is only on the Disney Channel for the new episodes and not on primetime. Surprise factor? Zero, Disney just has a habit to use things to suck out the money as much as they can and then destroy it or just get rid of it. Right now they are talking of doing Toy Story 3 with out Pixar, because they have the rights to the characters and the rights most of the voice contracts. Also lets not forget the lawsuit from a Kid's Hospital who are suppose to get all money from things with Peter Pan, Disney is saying they should get nothing from their new prequel they just did. That is how Disney works and their mind set, they don't care of anything but money. Right now they know the Muppets can save them. Last year I read that Kermit passed Mickey as the most recognized Character in the World. Trust me Disney didn't miss that survey either. But the moment they can't make money on it, it is gone gone gone. When Jim started working with them they were a different company, and well had the money to produce the new projects. Now for the reason that will upset most but oh well. I generally see two types of people those that like Sesame Street, and those that like Disney. Yes this is political, because those that like SS lean more to the left. Those that like Disney lean more to the right. It makes sense if you think about it, and no I don't think either company does it on purpose. Just well SS teaches, always happy, ever notice how people never hand over money at Hooper's store, and always have time to play. That is a few things if you think you will think of a lot of examples. Then to Disney, the Mice like the Mice, the Ducks like the Ducks, if there is a conflict the best way to solve it is have a fight, and if you are looking for love well dress to be a Princess and look for the guy with the Money. Like I said I don't think any of this is Disney saying we are going to push this idea or SS for that matter. But it does happen so will Disney start trying to change more of the Muppets to have more conflict and less talking to a result? Yes I know there is a lot of violence blowing up in the Muppets but well it is different it is more of a humor thing then an ends to a mean. I have already seen Kermit change with the new puppeteer. He was on Hanity and Colms last year on Fox, and Hanity asked if he was Dem or Rep. Very smartly he said "I am a Flippatarian, we fight for frog rights." Hanity asked again come on tell us what you believe. And Kermit said "Well I agree with the Republicans that more people need to be responsible for themselves and take care of themselves." I almost died, I don't care what someone believes as themselves but if you are playing a character at that moment don't say something that Character would never say, Kermit was always more then willing to say sure come along to anyone and lets see if I can help. Like I said that was on the fly comment but what if the scripts turn more and more into stuff like that. Or will the Muppets not take stars on like Whoopi because they are "controversial" or will they be like Jim and say "come on the show Alice Cooper." I am said to say if some control is not kept away from Disney you will see your most beloved characters change to what ever the swing of the moment is, so Disney doesn't upset anyone, or pushes something more to the masses to make the sell and not for the Rainbow Dream. It all comes down to this; Disney only cares about Walt's Vision not Jim's. Right now some there don't even care of Walt's if that is the case how can you think they will respect what Jim created. Hopefully the Fans of the Muppets though will always demand it to show the hope and dreams that a frog could be with a Pig, and a weirdo was ok to have around, and see the Rainbow Connection and make sure it stay's there, no matter who owns them. Sorry to be so long winded a lot of this I have been thinking about over the past year just haven't posted it.