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Billionaire Saban in Talks to Buy Muppet Makers

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Oct 8, 2002.

  1. danielromens

    danielromens Well-Known Member


    I'm not saying Muppet rides and restarants are bad, what I am trying to point out is that you seem to feel that Saban would use the characters for his own personal gain, whereas you seem to feel Disney filling it's expensive parks with rides and theme restaurants would somehow be only in the best of intentions for the characters. Come on man. True I'm sure a lot of the imagineers are fans and love thinking of this crap but at the same time the whole point of Disney World is a huge money maker for Disney. Jeeps to the creeps, why do you think the charge the first born of each visiting family? Out of the goodness of their hearts? I doubt it buddy.

    Just trying to give a little perspective.
  2. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny Well-Known Member

    One of the major reasons why I don't like the idea of a Saban buyout becasue Mr. Saban didn't have a network, a promotinal team, home video division, and so on. With a company like Disney, Henson will have all of those resources at their disposal. For example, Jim Henson films and programming could be released on Walt Disney Home Video or Buestia Vista Home Video. The Disney Store can provide more Henson merchidense. Disney Parks will bring more exposure to the characters in Calforina, Flodoria, Japan, Paris, and Hong Kong. Disney relationship with both Kellogg's and Mcdonald will allow Henson to promote their updcoming projects through new themed cerels, Happy Meal toys, and so on. The Disney Channel, ABC Family, and ABC will give Henson programming a home again. Playhouse Disney is perfect place for Muppet Babies, Hoobies, Construction Site, Mobit Shop, and other Henson Preschool programming. ABC Family is a good home for the oringal Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Storykeeper, Muppet Movies, Dinosaurs,and past made for tv specials like "A Muppet Familily Christmas". ABC is a great place for new Henson programming. Walt Disney Pictures, Tochstone Pictures, Miramax and Dimision are all great area for all Henson theatherial productions. Disney Interacive will aloud Henson to team up with super-developer like Square-Soft, Biazze Creations, Trailers Tails, Capcom, and others.
  3. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Oh yes Bean - you just got my penguin award for post of the century - that is TOTALLY why this company (whether they want it or not) should be in the hands of Disney if they want to move onwards and upwards. All else and they'll still be stuck in the graveyard they've been in since Jim (frog bless him) died.

    Totally well said !
  4. sidcrowe

    sidcrowe Well-Known Member


    "frog bless him"

    Cute :)
  5. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    oops 'Graveyard' was probably the wrong word to use in that post seeing as i referenced Jim's death - i'll point that major snafu out myself before anyone else does. It was 3am and i was probably out of my mind so sincere apologies folks. Seriously what i meant is that they seem to have been in such a lull since Jim's death - sure they've continued and thats to their credit and i can understand why it has and will continue to have an affect on the company but things do seem to have dragged along, rather than really advanced in leaps and bounds - they really need a parent company with huge resources 'on tap' to be back in people's homes to the extent they were before and i do think that it's possible to achieve.
  6. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Two things,

    1.) Enything is posable to achive

    2.) I also think that Disney should buy the Muppets and they could make good toys, merchandice ect. And they have good advertising, Also they could make the new Muppet Clasics!!! Yeah!!!!

    3.) Having reasently watched Muppet Treasure Island again it is quality. And that is what the JHC needs now more quality.


    4.) can't think of anything else
  7. sidcrowe

    sidcrowe Well-Known Member


    Still, "frog bless him" was cute :)
  8. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    LOL - Thanks !
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    and what would they sell at Swedish Chef restaraunts? Svenska Tacos?

    Gichyour yimmy yimmy Sveska tacos snee! Chili Lutifisk Tacos Snee...
  10. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Yes. Bean has the right idea. That was what I've been hoping for since early 2001. Those are the things Disney could do for Henson, and what Henson could actually do for Henson.

    Wish I had mailed that post with the four-page letter I wrote to Disney on Monday about the whole JHC thing. :)

    Very well said, Bean. OK, that's enough sucking up.
  11. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny Well-Known Member

  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think Disney is knocked out of the race now! I'm not sure, but it seems that way to me. On the upside, no cartoon Muppet cheapquals (I can't think of how they'd do it anyway), no Winnie the Pooh dressed ujp like Kermit dolls (yay) and no chance of making any kind of... uh.. well... I... uh... eh.....
  13. scarylarrywolf

    scarylarrywolf Well-Known Member

    Let me get this straight:

    If Disney did get a hold of the Muppets, would they actually allow the "Henson team" to remain? IOW, would they be able to still be called "Jim Henson's Muppets" and have the Charlie Chaplin Lot and the same puppeteers, only with such things as copyrights and production responsibilities belonging to Disney?

    That would certainly lead me to lend an ounce or two of support for Disney... except the part about Muppet Happy Meal toys -- those are too cheap these days.

    --"Scary" Larry Wolf
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I disagree! They are MUCH better than when they first came out. Basically, back then you got a sheet of plastic, which you snap out parts of, and put some sort of car or helicopter together out of it. I still have some, but the peices are missing.

    I gotta say that the Monsters Inc. ones were pretty good for what they were!
  15. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    Sorry, as a life long collector of Happy Meal toys up until the last two years, I must say that McD toys are getting cheaper and cheaper.

    While they used to have snap apart toys, there were never any Disney toys. There were some great Disney toys though in the late 80's and into the 90's. Tailspin, Little Mermaid, 101 Dalmations have all seen the star treatment.

    Burger King had the spectacular toys though. Beauty & the Beast, Mickey's Toontown, Aladdin, the list goes on an on. The latest McD B&B toys were ugly, clunky, and had little play value.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The last good toy they had WAS Lilo and Stitch. Little Bobble heads! You can't beat that with a stick. Burger King will always be the champ, though! I got 4 Simpson ones already! Wendy's gets much better, as well. Fewer and Fewer paper products, and more actual plastic toys!
  17. kansasteen14

    kansasteen14 Well-Known Member

    I liked the McD's 100 years of magic toys. anyway about the Disney just wanting money. Walt Disney did all he did for the happiness of others,and The Disney Company isnt in it for the money.Eisner is. I hope Disney gets the muppets
  18. scarylarrywolf

    scarylarrywolf Well-Known Member


    the Disney company WAS good when Walt managed it. I'm just saying it's gone downhill, to say the least.

    --"Scary" Larry Wolf
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I liked the idea, just hated the "mystery figure" packaging. I only got one I relly really Loved (Donald) two I liked (Jaafar and Aladdin) and one I wished I'd've held out for another (the witch from sleeping Beauty)

    I REALLY REALLY wanted Emperor Kuzco (Emperor's new Groove) and Scrooge McDuck and never got them!
  20. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    I had everyone and their mother eating Happy Meals for me. I managed to get most I really wanted. But alas, no pigs or big bad wolf. I got 2 out of the 3 song of the south, and most of the Alice though, and those constitute my favorite Disney films and characters.

    And since I haven't said it in awhile.....I WANT AN ALICE IN WONDERLAND SET OF MUPPETS FROM PALISADES.

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