- Apr 13, 2002
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Longterm preservation was a worry and is a good reason why the Muppets have been bought by the kids, but then they don't have deep pockets like a larger media company - they'll only be able to go so far until selling again, the company has to start making more money itself. There was probably MORE longterm preservation with Disney, except it might not have been done how people want. A mainstream Muppet boom whether hardcore fans want it or not is what was vitally needed to really make the Muppets big again. I really doubt it would have been for like one month and then nothing like Movies205 said, Disney are smart and would have had a much more focused outlook on the future - yes the Muppets wouldn't have been out there continously but then again, the Muppets have hardly worked the first half of this year and nobody has noticed. The Henson Company can make great things happen now, but it won't be like it would have been - the bigger media companies want to own the properties they put their full weight behind - if they get into co-productions they usually (in the case of MCC and MTI) promote their own stuff ahead of the co-production. However they'll hopefully do well out of NBC and Fox commissioned stuff and make their name back that way.Originally posted by beaker
but I have total confidence in Rivkin and companies vision for a new Muppet era. Brian Hensosn himself said it was agoniziing seeing the franchise being torn around through these buyout limbos, so I am sure they are anxious to get things moving.
Cory is right that more and more Muppet products are starting to show up in the malls and thats a result of Charlie Rivkin basically promoting and licensing the Muppets as if they were Pokemon rather than some nostalgic old brand. Good stuff is happening but it should tell you something that Brian Henson publicly said the kids wanted Disney to buy the Henson Company, they didn't jump in because they wanted to but because they had to. That's actually quite sad to me that it was either this or the Muppets would have been retired on anything but tape. Rivkin might be anxious to get things moving but remember, the kids only stepped in at the last minute and their only strategy is basically running the company like they did before, which didn't work. Lets hope they've learned, keep listening to Rivkin, and the time is a bit better for them now but although i don't see it as inevitable, i also don't see as impossible a sale to Disney in a few years time if things don't go with a bang.