Incidentally they did once try to release the original Muppet Babies on DVD during a revival campaign in the early 2000s with a series of plush dolls, each one with a DVD of one episode of the show, heavily edited to exclude footage owned by other studios.Now, if you remember how every episode of Muppet Babies went, then you realize where the problem is. The show is stuffed with outside video footage, from Lucasfilm to newsreels, and most of it is impossible to remove. The producers of Muppet Babies may have worked out a blanket deal with several video archive companies to keep pumping in constant footage for a flat fee. But that only applied to Saturday Morning, and the ways to distribute video that currently existed at the time (the only cuts this show got in syndication were for time, so they musta paid for perpetuity).
If someone wants to put Muppet Babies on DVD, there's no flat fee now. Yes, they would have to track down every single owner of every single live-action scene and repay them, a process that would take years and might not be worth it. It's all about the profit, and Muppet Babies isn't high-profile enough where manufacturers could see the demand paying for all the permissions.
Regarding erasing certain clips, I heard the clips issued were worked out personally by the director that EACH had a contract for in perpetuity.
These days I don't know if DVDs are still 'in' to market(some company keeps posting some for sale but they are not authorized.)The series isn’t going to get a DVD release.
Many of the episodes have footage from other source material, which I honestly don’t even know if it was actually licensed to begin with, so there’s going to have to be negotiations involved in obtaining the rights, which isn’t easy.
I understand that...have no idea if it is just an I terest of Muppet stuff collectors, but even going back to 2000. There was 'a' Muppet convention held in Santa Monica CA and never seen one of merit since.The chances of any muppet series ever getting a dvd release is very VERY low.
The sad truth is that the majority of people aren't interested in DVDS anymore, let alone a series of DVD'S of a kids TV show from 30+ years ago which the general public doesn't care about
Did they really edit footage out of those discs? This is the first I've heard about this. Though I'm not sure how many of us here actually bothered with those.
Are you really the voice actor of Fozzie and Scooter? Are you Greg Berg? If so, awesome.Hope some good fans can campaign to get the Original Muppet Babies released in reruns or on DVD!
It's a shame to the lovers of anything Muppets and the creative animation community.
They actually didn't edit them at all. They were uncut, even the DVD that had the Star Wars episode