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Muppet Babies DVD Box Sets

Discussion in 'Muppet Babies' started by erniebert1234ss, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. Sequelcast

    Sequelcast Member

    I loved Muppet Babies as a kid. In fact, I think I was first introduced to the Muppets through Muppet Babies. I think a big reason for it not being available on DVD is rights issues because the show would use video clips of other movies or TV shows in the background all the time as the titular Muppet Babies went on their adventures around the nursery. The theme song to this show is constantly stuck in my head. Very catchy!
  2. Monstermaster

    Monstermaster Member

    I think the reason behind this is mainly because of copyright issues regarding some of the movie footage that is used during the imagination scenes.
    Hayley B likes this.
  3. Bliffenstimmers

    Bliffenstimmers Well-Known Member

    As good of a show it may be, this is the unfortunate truth. While torrents and YouTube might be low quality, it's all we got for now.
  4. Hayley B

    Hayley B Well-Known Member

    Could be. Nower days, they may even change the theme song to the show.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Several pages ago.

    One of the writers actually confirmed that wasn't the problem. I guess they hammered out home video rights long ago. Even if that wasn't the case, there's a LOT of episodes that actually didn't use any outside clips (mostly the last season).

    The fact of the matter is simple. Disney owns the Muppets, Disney hates making home video releases of anything that isn't a movie. Plus, let's face it... Disney wanted to build the Muppet brand up, Muppet Babies would confuse the license. We'd see a call for more MB stuff than actual Muppet stuff. It's not quite the right time to release that now... you know, if they didn't suck at marketing home videos of TV shows to begin with.
  6. Monstermaster

    Monstermaster Member

    Disney also owns Marvel as well, and wasn't the Muppet Babies co produced by Marvel?
  7. ScooterFan44

    ScooterFan44 New Member

    Hi. I'm brand new here & decided to say a few things.
    1. I really don't care if it's an offical DVVD release- I have all of MB season 1 on DVD! How? I downloaded eps from youtube & burned them on DVD-Rs. It plays on my DVD player, so it's good enough. I also have the first full sesons of The Chipmunks 1980's cartoon on DVD because I burned them. And I'm only missing a few season 2 episode of MB. If you want it so much like me, burn the episodes onto DVD/DVDs. Problem Solved. :)
  8. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Are they good quality?
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Television production companies rarely matter when it comes to animated adaptions. Usually the copyright for the show goes with the copyright holders. I'm not sure if it's correct, but that's usually because said copyright holders are the ones that fund the cartoon series. CBS released Filmation's Star Trek while WB owns Filmation's DC cartoons, The Real Ghostbusters, produced by DIC, is owned by Sony, and Henson owns the Fraggle Rock cartoon, also produced by Marvel. There are some cases where the animation production company retains rights to the show (some of Dic's works, but that's because some cases the copyright holders couldn't care less... like the Nintendo cartoons), or shares copyright (like in the case of He-Man... Mattel co-owns the characters with Entertainment Rights, especially the toy rights).

    Then there's the messed up case of Saturday Morning Supercade. Every segment is owned by a separate company, and will likely NEVER be released on DVD, even though Sony has official online episodes of Q*bert (as they own the character). Yet Warner Bros has the rights to the other Ruby Spears video game cartoons made in the 80's, Pac-Man and Dragon's Lair.
  10. ScooterFan44

    ScooterFan44 New Member

    Yeah, they came out looking like a mix of a SP VHS and a Blu-Ray disc. The quality is great. :laugh:;)
  11. muppetfan16

    muppetfan16 Member

    I agree completely. It makes me really sad, though, since I had several on tape, and a couple years back, my VCR broke. :sigh::(
  12. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member

    Disney bought Lucasfilm and Disney own the Muppets. Could this mean it's more likely that Muppet Babies will be released on DVD?
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If there was any hold up on video rights, Star Wars would not have been one of them. One of the writers claimed that the video rights have all been paid for, though. But Lucas and Disney have had a great relationship in the past... it's just all of Sony's film rights (Three Stooges Shorts and Ghostbusters to name a couple) were granted when Henson was working with Columbia at the time. That doesn't really help explain what would go on with Roxanne, Family Ties, and various other bits like that.
  14. catherine

    catherine Well-Known Member

    I would love to have the boxset but am thinking of having something else for christmas.
  15. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    There actually is not a box set. This is a thread about hoping for a Muppet Babies dvd collection. I agree, it would be nice to have.
  16. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    It would be nice to see happen...I personally have only seen probably 5 or 6 MB episodes ever...a full set would be nice...
  17. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I saw a DVD set on Amazon.com a few months back for like $50. Do you guys think it was real?
  18. mimitchi33

    mimitchi33 Well-Known Member

    No, it was possibly a bootleg. Unlike Garfield and Friends, Animaniacs or Alf, this won't be put on DVD without major butchering due to movie clips being used in the episodes, according to TV Tropes.
    Also, I found a Muppet Wiki article about the plush dolls that came with DVDs. I had Miss Piggy when I was little, and I still have the dress she came with. I also remember watching some episodes of Muppet Babies when I was little, even though I'm a 2000's kid.

    MBPRODMAN New Member

    Unless the Henson Company lost the original contracts, there shouldn't be a problem with most of the clips rights on Muppet Babies. Those shows couldn't air without universal rights in perpetuity being signed off in the clip contracts.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Then I guess the big problem is Disney being Disney and not wanting to bother getting any TV series season sets get made.

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