Very cool news! I used to check out the Animal Show once in awhile when it was on and it was a fun show and had some of the most amazing realistic animal puppets I've seen from Henson. And Steve and Dave were of course great as Stinky and Jake. Any word if it will also be out on DVD in the UK? I have a friend who would be interested in this.
Song of the Cloud Forest too! How great would it be if they get the rest of the Jim Henson Hour shows out on DVD?
Before anyone gets too excited or confused by that heading, Jim Henson Hour is NOT coming to dvd. One of the specials that made up the second half hour (Song of the Cloud Forest is).
Many of those second half hours (which weren't Storyteller episodes) were produced as their own stand-alone individual specials (as were some of the hour longs) in order that they could air on their own elsewhere. So things like Song, Living With Dinosaurs, Monster Maker, Lighthouse Island, and even Miss Piggy's Hollywood were all in essence "specials" that were aired in the US/Canada under the banner of "Jim Henson Hour"
Surely Disney would grant that... I would hope with Disney buying The Muppets that they would maintain an easy partnership with The Jim Henson Company. No matter who owns what, people are always going to see all The Muppets from whatever production (Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Show, The Jim Henson Hour, Muppets Tonight, and so on) as belonging to Jim Henson and company.
Ah- good point. I'd actually forgotten about those. Yes, that is still annoying...
I don't see how it would've killed Disney to allow the use of Kermit on the DVD releases. It would probably have boosted their sales that much more.