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Interview with Dave Coulier on "Muppet Babies"

Discussion in 'Muppet Babies' started by gbrobeck, Dec 2, 2011.

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  1. gbrobeck

    gbrobeck Member

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  2. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    Neat! Thanks for posting. Maybe this Muppet mania is the push that's needed to get those released to DVD. I know a lot of fans have been waiting for those.
  3. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Cool- I would love to see Muppet Babies get released on DVD! It was neat to see an interview with Dave Coulier (who I also love on "Full House" of course- and "America's Funniest People":halo:)
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  4. muppetsliveon

    muppetsliveon Member

    That was a great interview. Now if only we could get behind the scenes videos and the show on dvd.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    WOW! If this is true (which I guess explains the DVD's in the plush toys that had no problem... one of them was the first Star Wars based episode), the only thing stopping a DVD release is this... it's not really the right time quite yet. Disney just relaunched the Muppets with a fiery passion that only making back the budget at the level of a North American release in a single week and huge praise from critics and fans and not so fans can give. We want people to remember The Muppets as themselves, not quite as the Babies just yet. I want this as much as the next guy, but the strategy has proved cautious but effective. I feel they should soon start a line of Muppet Babies products for babies, leading up to the eventual release of episodes and merchandising. But make no mistake... as much as I want some Baby Gonzo toys, I'd rather wait for regular Gonzo first.

    Remember when the Muppets were sort of back in the 2002-2005 era? Muppet Babies was the thing they did last. The bean bags (should have got more!) and plush came out around 2004... it takes time.

    Other than that, I love these BTS interviews. Too bad it was so short, but great to see it anyway. Though the introduction is wrong... A) the 29 million was up to Friday... it was over 40 million by Sunday, and slowly climbing (it's been a school week, after all) and B) there WERE Muppet Babies in the movie... or rather in Walter's collection. The only non-animated Muppet productions that referred to the Babies were MTM (where they premiered), MFC, and the small run of videos of Muppet Babies books or episodes hosted by Kermit.
  6. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    True- that was a neat way to get a fleeting reference in for Muppet Babies. Though there may have been room to have a flashback scene, I don't know that it was necessary for this movie. [wouldn't have minded a few extended scenes here and there though- it got to the point where they were trying so hard to work so many characters in that some only got a very brief appearance that maybe could have had a bit more screen time with a slowed down pace... - oh well, stuff for the DVD release I suppose. I'm happy with the movie as it is.]
    And until the whole Muppet Babies series comes to DVD, I guess I'll just have to be happy with the episodes I've got on VHS and whatever I can scrounge up on Youtube...:)
  7. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    My fear would be that they would try to "Droafy" the Muppet Babies. What I mean by that is turn it into something like Droa The Explorer od something like that.
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That would be my fear too if they were making a new series... but I'm sure they'd try to get Jeffrey Scott back as head writer... maybe Hank Saroyan too. But I don't see them making a new Muppet Babies any time soon. Though it would be a fun addition to Disney junior.

    But in reference to those who only knew of the Muppet Babies and not the real Muppets (horror stories have been told), I think we should wait just a little bit. I'd love a Baby Gonzo shirt with the label Weirdo on it, though.

    But if they can put the Muppets on kid's plastic ware, I think a line of Muppet Babies based bottles (BPA free of course), bath toys, bibs and nursery accessories would do great.
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I've only seen two of the Muppet Babies Video Storybooks, but those didn't have live-action Muppet Babies. They had adult Kermit (and sometimes Robin) reading the stories, but we only saw the images from the books, no live-action or animation of the babies.

    Though if you meant live-action profuductions that referenced the babies (not neccessarily featured them as puppets), they were also mentioned in the 30th anniversary special (and clips were shown). Hmm, seems that series is always ignored in documentaries about Jim Henson (I guess that's okay since all he did was executive produce the series).
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    That's kind of what I was refering to... the only Muppet media where they acknowledge them at all. Of course, i also forgot Little Muppet Monsters.
  11. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    In some point though you would have to think with the awards and just over all popularty of the show that they would do something with the Muppet Babies.
    I really think here real soon people are going to be wanting to get anything and everything they can with the word Muppet on it.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Soon is the word. It's a tricky situation. On the one hand, we have adults who grew up watching MB and have kids they want to share it with... that's the big market. On the other, we have those who remember Muppet Babies over the rest of the Muppet catalog because it was the easiest to access at that point (being on Saturday Mornings and all).
  13. gbrobeck

    gbrobeck Member

    I wonder if putting it on something like Playhouse Disney or The Hub would be the best way to test the waters on if the show can still be popular before hitting the DVD market.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's Disney Junior now... and somehow I want to think there's a place, but with the preschool programming they have on that network, it would be completely out of place. For one, Kermit doesn't ask someone to find something for 10 seconds before a fake audience answers his own question. For two, the show's entertaining and sharply written. No offense to Mickey's Clubhouse. I love that Ludwig VonDrake and Big Bad Pete are regular occurrences on that show, Pete got a Pez dispenser and for the first time ever, Ludwig VonDrake got a plush toy (I will treasure both forever)... but the one time I actually watched and I heard Mickey say "Who's that?" when asking where Goofy is in a tone that he'd talk to a newborn or a puppy, I felt dead inside.

    I really hope the 24 hour version of Disney junior (which I STILL think needs to be a general Disney channel) manages to find a place for Bear reruns on the schedule, as well as Muppet Babies. MB would probably work better on the Hub, since it has that 80's nostalgia factor to it.
  15. gbrobeck

    gbrobeck Member

    I feel like The Hub would be the best place also... considering it's run by Margaret Loesch, who a) ran Marvel Productions when Muppet Babies was in production, and b) ran Jim Henson Television for a time and helped put together The Odyssey Channel (which did run Muppet Babies IIRC.)

    The Hub has licensed at least a couple of the Muppet movies from Disney... why not the series?
  16. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Wow, you guys are getting way too hyped up about a very mediocre show.
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  17. MuppetLady

    MuppetLady New Member

    Don't mean to make you all jealous but, thought i should share that I have met Dave Coulier in person at one of his stand-ups. He was absolutely hilarious and still is BRILLIANT with his voices.

    I wish they would have had him do some of the MUPPET voices in the recent movie. I mean to me, he is the absolute best at doing it.
  18. Wockawocka721

    Wockawocka721 New Member

    ^JEALOUS. I'm a wrestling fan and he was named the commissioner of Chikara pro...I'd love to hear his thoughts on that lol
  19. MuppetLady

    MuppetLady New Member

    Well actually, if you go to his official website. He has his list of where he's performing standup next. That's how I met him. He's a REALLY, REALLY nice guy and funny too obviously. If you want PM me and maybe I can give you his official website.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's one of the few 1980's cartoon staples that hasn't been released yet. Time Life eventually had Sony crack and release The Real Ghostbusters. That was one of the biggest hold outs. He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers and G.I. Joe(by the grace of Shout factory we got those back), TMNT, even the unfinished sets of Heathcliff, Inspector Gadget, Ducktales, Rescue Rangers managed to be released at some point. We even got MASK recently for the first time in the states. I read Mill Creak is doing a special sampler of C.O.P.S. (already released in its entirety), Jason and the Wheel Warriors, and something else I forget off the top of my head. Shout's releasing Jem. Those are most of the big 80's cartoons right there.

    MB is a hold out... with good reason, but a hold out none the less. And frankly, it's a LOT less mediocre than the preschool mess they call edutainment these days. Dora? Who wants to show their kids that when they can give them Muppet Babies?


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