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It's Official: Disney completes Muppet acquisition

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  2. Beth C

    Beth C Active Member

    *sniffs*

    Tis a sad, sad day....

    ~Beth C
  3. jediX

    jediX Active Member

  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    I had an email from a JHC rep. that I was talking to about a location in a Muppet film, and she said it was completed also.

    This could be a good thing or bad thing; however, I'm sure that over the next 5 to 7 years we'll be inundated with great Muppet stuff, but after that it'll decline.

    Heck, Disney doesn't even know what to do with Mickey anymore except use him as a corporate symbol.

    I'm disenchanted by Disney, but if they do the Muppets really good, I'll learn to respect them again. With Eisner out of the top seat, things at Disney may turn around for the better.
  5. Whatever

    Whatever Active Member

  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Let's look at a few thigns about this article now:

    Most of this looks great to me, but computer-generated three-dimensional animation projects scares the caca outta me!! What does THIS mean?? That they'll partner with JHC to create 3D CGI films like Finding Nemo with Pixar, or that they're going to go CGI with The Muppets?!

    So, Mikey Eisner makes the announcement (I thought he was stepped-down by vote of the board), and puts his weenie assistant in charge of The Muppets under Disney Consumer Products, not even in a production title?? Uh-oh...it's going downhill for me now folks!

    Discussing and doing are two different things, Lisa. I have NO faith in Eisner. If his short-comings and failures in the past aren't representative of his lack of ability to keep something fresh and creative, then too many people are blind.


    Keep in mind, gang, that The Dizzy Company plans to put The Muppets under this category of their company. So, at least we'll get merchandise--quality is a different story. Finally, The Muppets go into the Disney Consumer Products subsidiary, and notice that nothing there mentions Tv, Movie, or Stage productions...just merchandise.

    I feel totally uncomfortable about all of this now.

    Three years, tops, we'll see some decent Muppet stuff before they go into a decline and end up like the early 1990's all over again.
  7. McFraggle

    McFraggle Active Member

    I am pretty sure that Winnie the Pooh and characters like that are also under Consumer Products. It doesn't mean that we won't get films or anything like that because Disney has more synergy with other divisions in the Company than most do.
  8. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny New Member

    Other Disney proteries tha fall under Consumer Products are Mickey & Friends, Winnie The Poohs, Disney Princesses, Kim Possble. W.I.T.C.H.S, Power Rangers and now the Muppets and Bear. There more proteries but I just listed some of them.
  9. bobhopesite

    bobhopesite Active Member

    I can't wait to see what Disney has planed for the muppets. :)
  10. McFraggle

    McFraggle Active Member

    I am anxious too, I hope the Muppet Show re-runs are put on one of the cable networks and also I hope they put the Muppet Babies on the Disney Channel.
  11. Manda:-D

    Manda:-D New Member

    Straight-to-video movie releases? Crappy merchandise? Cheesy adaptations of classic stories, the likes of which we've seen HUNDREDS OF TIMES BEFORE? (....Wait, that last part sounds kinda like Wizard of Oz...) I'm w/you, Kev, I'm DEFINITELY disenchanted by Disney. But, I guess all we can really do now is hope for the best.
  12. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny New Member

    Not all Disney merchandise is crappy. Every Company from Warner Brothers to even Henson has had some crappy merchandise Disney is no different. It better than no merchandise at all.

    Here hoping that Muppet Show air on Disney or ABC Family soon.
  13. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Active Member

    Well, now we'll see what's gonna happen. Kind of exciting, actually.
  14. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member


    WOW!!! this is GREAT news! :) Yeah!!! ur right Bean Bunny....EVERY company has SOME crappy stuff! Like DreamWorks....lastnight in wal mart I seenthy have the Shreck junk out for the 2nd movie and they have a Rip off Shreck that acts like the Tickle me Elmo....So yep EVERY compnay does! I just think EVERY BODY here just like to pick and poke at the little things Disney does! :mad: witch is NOT fare! :( Disney isnt the ONLY ones makin 2's look @ Universal with ALL the Land before Time movies...there like what now, 99of them so far?

    Sooo...heres hoppin for the MUppet Show on Disney Cahannel or ABC Family, a NEW Muppet show for ABC's TGIF and Muppet Babies on PlayHouse Disney :) :excited:
  15. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson's Muppets
    1955-2004

    Disney's Muppets
    2004-2004

    At least we have Muppet Family Chritsmas, a time when Muppet Show muppets, Sesame and Fraggle Rock were all under one roof...literally.
  16. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Their most successful line is Winnie the Pooh, that's without saying. I learned that when I worked at The Disney Store (back when I first began to become uninterested in The Big Cheese). Disney Princesses and Power Rangers are big in the market place, but I don't recognize them on TV at all. I have NO idea what W.I.T.C.H.S. is about; and Kim Possible is reportedly doing well.

    Actually, when did Power Rangers become part of anything Disney? I thought that was through another company?

    How is Mickey and Friends doing nowadays? I don't know. All I do know is that the Dizzy Co. is struggling to remember who Mickey is and what defines his character as more than the corporate symbol he has become.

    I just can't be convinced that, at least while Eisner is in place, there will be anything positive in the LONG TERM scheme of things. In more immediate years, we'll get what we have wished for all along. I think it'll all decline afterwards, though.

    I have to agree with whoever said that not all Disney merchandise is horrible. I've seen some plush (and even OWN SOME :eek:) that look exactly like the characters they represent. I do think, however, that Disney looks in the wrong direction with flooding the market with merchandise and produce some really dumb things. Not really unlike the dolls from Sababa of Statler and Waldorf From the Hood!! I hate those. It can be good when it's good, but when it's bad, it's VERY bad!

    As far as sequels goes, I don't think any other company in the world has produced as many as Disney; however, their remakes are generally okay (Freaky Friday was awesome). Disney needs to lay off the Sequel things, and keep their Masterpiece Movies as just that! Stay away from TV series and sequels and spend that money making NEW and INNOVATIVE stuff--that's what those of us are yelping about, not just because they created Cinderally 33.5.

    I share that same sentiment for the most part.

    The thing I dread most about all this is that, even though Eisner isn't taking the helm of things, his former assistant is and that's bad enough.
  17. McFraggle

    McFraggle Active Member

    When they acquired Fox Family Worldwide, they got Power Rangers. Fox Family was co-owned by News Corp. & Haim Saban, and Saban created the Power Rangers.
  18. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny New Member

    Disney also got all of the classic Marvel animated shows including the oringal Spider-Man cartoon as well as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Hmm...I think Disney's on the prowl of creating a monopoly! LOL!

    Wonder how Marvel feels about Spider-Man classic cartoons belonging to Disney??
  20. goldenarrow05

    goldenarrow05 New Member

    I'm still unsure about all of this... so I'll just try to be optimistic

    As much as I dislike Disney I really hope that they'll do the Muppets some justice very soon.


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