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Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by beaker, Nov 17, 2014.
It's still at Hollywood Studios, but out in California it's gone.
I really wish Disney would just release MT on DVD, it would reach new fans, because of the current guest stars, Martin Short, Sandra Bullock, and there are less songs to clear, and there are only 22 episodes, so it would be easy to release, and people would buy.
It seems like when The Jim Henson Company has a video distribution deal, it never gets renewed (well, Sony still has the home video rights to The Storyteller and The Dark Crystal after all these years). I wonder why... I'm guessing it's Henson who doesn't renew as opposed to the video companies refusing to renew, considering that when one license expires, another company gets the video rights almost immediately. I think the Sony deal lasted the longest, at eight years (1998-2004), while the other deals all lasted just five years.
And MuppeTelevision has a lot less songs to clear as well. Not just because there's only eight of them, but almost every episode had only two songs each (not counting times when a verse of a song was sung, or that food song commercial from the "Food" episode). And four of the songs on the show were written especially for the series.
Again, there's music rights and celebrity appearances to clear.
California's Muppet-Vision is only gone temporarily, according to this Disney Parks Blog article:
In the comments section, Shawn Slater (one of the blog's writers and the writer of that specific article), posted a reply stating "“For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” is planned to run through at least May 15, 2015. Muppet*Vision 3D is expected to return at some point in the future."
Thanks for clearing that up. I wasn't aware it was only a temporary replacement out west. I was just at WDW, but I don't pay too close attention to the happenings at Disneyland.
The MuppeTelevision stuff does not have many recognizable celebrities or muppets, so the most I could see it getting is some of them being special features on muppet DVDs, even then it seems pretty unlikely to get a release.
Since all of the celebrities are around, and still popular, I would doubt that any of them would not let their episode be released, with TMS, the estates are pretty hard to compromise with at all.
I think it was in a Tough Pigs article that a cast member of MV3D says that everything is being removed from the attraction, and it will not be returning.
I'd rather believe a Disney Parks Blog writer than a cast member who may not know all the details and could be wrong.
Ryan Dosier's sources have also told him it's just a temporary closure as well.
Going back to the Muppet Show DVD's, I also think that they're having trouble clearing legal red tape for bonus features in addition to the music and guest stars.
Like, if The Muppets Go to the Movies is to be an extra on Season 4 or 5, that means more music, celebrity and film clip copyrights to clear.
I also remember that Season 3 was supposed to have a new featurette called "A Frog is Born", but it got pulled because they had trouble clearing the rights to some of the clips it was to use (such as the "I Love Liberty" special). And maybe they're trying to clear all that too so "A Frog is Born" can get onto Season 4 or 5.
Louise Gold has this perfil photo on twitter...would it be from the new muppet tv project? because Im sure Big mama hasn`t appeared in anything in almost 20 years!!
Awesome picture!! Hm...it looks like Louise is wearing a MMW lanyard from when they were filming the movie. Not sure though.
She posted today: Spent the day hanging out with Statler & Waldorf and Kermit the Frog. What joy
Thats awesome! Yeah muppet wiki says he hasnt been used since Dog City
This makes me feel that maybe there is a new muppet production, maybe a Valentine's Day special or maybe just those muppet shorts on that kids channel.
Well im pretty sure the only muppets used in the Disney Junior things were Kermit Piggy Gonzo and Fozzie
We shall seeeee
I'm hoping that Louise image is indicative of something interesting brewing...as SIXTY YEARS since the debut of the Muppets, and with two major Disney tentpole Muppet films in recent times...things feel DEPRESSING. There's no Muppet merchandise in stores, no muppet visibility out there. It's WORSE than the EMTV era.
Well, at least there is a new generation of muppet fans that we did not have before with these two films which is a good thing, but ya the muppets need to get a new show or something on the web or just have TMS be picked up to be on some syndication channel.
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