Seems like there are a lot of misses with the Henson Company. I suppose the focus of resources right now are going to the kids division of Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and the new Doozer show they're working on in order to make some cash in this tough market. It's understandable for them to do so when even Disney is tightening their belt.
Also movies. I think doing stuff for major films is a big part of what JHC does. I don't think they have much time for Fraggle Rock, so people are going to have to either be patient. But yeah, most their energy does seem focused on the digital puppetry cg shows. Which is fine, and shows they knew they wouldn't be able to care for the Muppets at all.
I think they should just tape themselves playing around with the puppets and post them to the YouTube and the Henson site. Get the brand out there. SUDS and Tinseltown tried too hard. It's things like Puppet Up that people really respond to.
I agree. When you see how well the recent Pee Wee's Playhouse adult shows have done, as well as Puppet Up; it's clear *this* is what folks want.
I really didn't care much for the Tinseltown and SUDS pilots, as much as I LOVED all the puppet characters in both. Maybe it was the setup/script/writing, but I think HA! has a lot of great puppets and personalities.
I agree to everything, except I doubt the Doozer thing will ever get made. After seeing what Disney has done for the Muppets so far, and comparing it with What Henson's doing at the moment, I get more and more pleased that Disney owns them and actually does something with them. I think that Robot Chicken sketch about Power of the Dark Crystal hit the nail so succinctly on the head, it's scary. It's a shame that the only thing Henson has delivered on is 2 CGI TV shows (good ones) and a series of CGI movies, but they're still struggling with too much other projects.
Movies aside (Fraggle Rock isn't completely Henson's fault), they have all these ideas for shows, they unveil so much, and all we get is one or two episodes a year later, then nothing. I agree completely, we need them to make web exclusive Puppet Up Virals to get the brand out there... maybe absorb all the characters from these unrealized series into the cast? I just wanna see something besides Sid and Dinotrain. And I know they can be capable of something great if they just focus on one thing at a time.
I think we as fans still continue to put too much hope in JHC.
They might have "original home of the muppets" on their building, but in my mind they no longer have any connection to the Muppets or anything I'm all too interested in.
Sid the Science Kid? Well, it's certainly engaging...though cgi isn't much of my thing. I say anything is better than the current glut of early development child programming.
Dinosaur Train, definitely not my thing.
Now Bear in the Big Blue House, amazing. I'm still irked at Disney for shelving what I consider to be one of Henson's best concepts to date.
But JHC for what its worth, is not focused nor really apart of
what you and I are interested in. I say whatever helps them stay afloat financially I guess.
I never thought in a kazillion years I'd say this...and if my future self had said this to me a few years ago I'd slap myself...but...
I have nothing but good cheer and love for Disney these days, yet not much of any emotional feeling or connection to the Jim Henson Company as it stands right here at the tail end of the decade and entering the next. JHC is dead in my mind; as far as any sort of connection to Muppets or much of anything related.