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Surviving 'Muppet Movie' props for new docuseries

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Hi all,

I just joined, but I've been lurking for awhile, using the forum to do research for an upcoming Disney+ docuseries I'm working on. This forum has been a great resource of knowledge, so I'm hoping you can help me track down some pieces! (Sorry to the admins if I'm too new to start a thread, but I'm getting desperate :embarrassed:)

The show focuses on props and costumes from different Disney films. One of the episodes will be about The Muppet Movie (only the original movie), but we're having a hard time finding any surviving pieces from the film! We've been talking to the Henson archives, but even they don't have much from that first film, because not much was saved from movies back then.

Does anyone have any info on surviving pieces from The Muppet Movie? I heard there was an auction in about 1980 at the studio lot. Some of those items must have survived!

Thanks in advance for any help!
 

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Thanks for the reply. We'll definitely be talking to the museum about the Studebaker. It's really unfortunate about that bus. I saw that there was an Electric Mayhem bus in the background of the 2011 film, but that must be a recreation.

We've talked to some of the puppeteers, designers and filmmakers, and a couple have held on to small pieces, but we're really trying to track down the more key pieces, like Kermit's bicycle. We thought it would be in the archives, but they don't think they have it. For all we know, it's been sitting in the back of someone's garage for 40 years!
 

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Another one I recently found out about- recently deceased director of The Muppet Movie, James Frawley, has said he owned the iconic Fork in the Road in his garage. Now that he's passed I don't know who it might've gone to.
 

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Oh I hadn't heard that! Thanks for the info. We've been hoping to reach out to Frawley's widow. Hopefully she still has it.
Another piece we just tracked down is the El Sleezo Cafe sign. Special effects supervisor Robbie Knott, who also passed recently, held onto it after production. His kids still have it.
 

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Another piece we just tracked down is the El Sleezo Cafe sign. Special effects supervisor Robbie Knott, who also passed recently, held onto it after production. His kids still have it.
Niiiiice!!! :big_grin:
 
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