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Eisner Nears Muppet Rescue

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by BoyRaisin2, May 5, 2003.

  1. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I don't think they look exactly like Muppet characters and really don't see any copyright infringement. The show would have lost favor on it's own. If anything Henson should have sued Between the Lions, but they have many personal connections with performers and desingers. I could definitely tell the difference between Wimzie and the Muppets. I don't like lawsuits of this sort. I think it's very heavy-handed. Neither party invented felt and puppetry. The whole thing kind of leaves a bad taste. :smirk:
  2. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    I agree. If the puppets resembled a certain character, I'd be concerned. But just because it's a good-looking character, I don't think they have the right to do that. I hope I create puppets half as good as the Muppets, the PBS characters, and yes, even the Crank Yankers.

    And once someone actually BUYS the company, lay me to rest. I've gotten tired of the whole thing.
  3. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Hey, as long as it's the "geniuses" of Henson and not the "suits" of Disney making the junk, they'd still have their creative freedom, wouldn't they?
  4. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Yeah i don't think Whimzies are that copyright infringing too maybe it's the technical side that was copied.

    As for the 'geniuses' of Henson - who's to say they would still get jobs if Disney bought the Muppets ? Once they are bought, Diz can have anyone working and anything broadcast under the Henson banner.
  5. Jrobert

    Jrobert Active Member


    Well, I think they should take the middle of the road for what you said.

    Best case scenario would be the Henson people doing the creative work and making Muppet stuff what they should be. But Disney (or a successful big company like them) should be the ones that really take the material to the next level. Basically because they can, they have the partners, the money, etc, etc, etc.

    A good partnership like that is what the Muppets need.

    I almost hope that the Henson family sees this too in their potential buyout. Or that Disney does something because I don't want to see the Muppets continue to wither under mismanagement or no resources.
  6. Aaron

    Aaron Well-Known Member

    this topic should be closed we know now jhc owns the muppets
  7. Jrobert

    Jrobert Active Member

    Not really. First of all, we ALL know that a bid or an announcement doesn't mean anything anymore, we've seen it too many times in the past year.

    Secondly, this is a discussion forum. We're here to discuss. :) And voice our opinions.
  8. Aaron

    Aaron Well-Known Member

    they signed an agreement not a letter of intent this will happen
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    And of course, Between the Lions was Muppet Worthy. Story, Puppeteering, AND desging wise.

    The Puppeteering on Wimsie was bear bottom GHASTLY. They were too fast and shakey.. unbeleavable characters.. the whole show was the worst thing I saw since Barney!
  10. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, my previous comment was sort of a note of sarcasm. But I wished for the middle of the road (under Disney ownership of course).

    Interesting day, and I've only been up half-an-hour.
  11. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    Actually it could still fall thru. The shareholders of EMTV have to approve the sale. So its not a done deal, but the odds of them shooting down the sale are next to nothing.
  12. Muppets1985

    Muppets1985 Well-Known Member

    ....So, your saying Disnet STILL has a chance????:smirk: :smirk: :eek:
  13. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    It's pretty much a done deal. All that is left to happen is EMTV's stock holders voting to approve the sale. The odds of them shooting it down are nill, but their is a slim slim slim slim chance.

    So basically you can forget about Kermit being part of the house of mouse.
  14. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    (And I was writing this message while Radionate was posting his.)

    OK. The Henson Family have reached a definitive agreement to buy the Henson Company. So right now, they're buying the Muppets and the Creature Shop and everything else.

    Now, if for some reason, the deal fell through, much like Dean Valentine's deal did, then Henson would still be on the market. EM.TV could still look at offers from Disney, Classic Media, whoever.

    Understand? I want Disney to buy them too, but luckily this is an announcement of the Henson Family buying them, so this is the 2nd best choice for me. Knowing that it's Henson's heirs and not Disney's rivals (or Sesame Workshop, c'mon people).

    So, in the time between now and when this deal officially closes, we're gonna have to try our best to move on. If Henson strikes other strategic partnerships or, down the line, sell the company again, then feel free to get p*ssed. But for right now, let's just grip our teeth and smile.
  15. Muppets1985

    Muppets1985 Well-Known Member

    LOL... oops i mean to say "Disney" not Disnet:D
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    GASP!!! Don't jinx it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  17. Muppets1985

    Muppets1985 Well-Known Member

    Okayyyyyy!:D .....

    Disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney disney Disney!!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha :halo: :smirk: :excited: :crazy:
  18. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    We don't need to close this thread, just change the name! LOL "Eisner trys to capture the Muppets but his plans are fumbled and the Muppets are rescued by their RIGHTFUL owners!!!":)

    Zack)Rowlf the, and the whole, THE WHOLE mountain blows SKY HIGH!!!HAHAHAH!Dog.:zany: :crazy:
  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  20. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Rightful owners, but are they the right owners? We'll see.

    The whole thing's sorta sweet and symbolic, but I still want Diz to buy them. Well hopefully, God willing, I'll stop caring (as much). Wish me luck!

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