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Muppet Show DVD season box sets announced

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Phillip, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    It depends on the product. Sometimes Disney just slips a product out there with no warning. Other times things like coverart, disk details, release date, ect. get out early and they promote it. It all depends on the product. Being that this would be a box-set, a collectors item, and something they put some work into (it's not just slapping a special/movie/show onto DVD; they created some extras for it too) it seems like something they would give some warning and info about; it just may be a little tougher to track down outside of the Disney information junket than other products. I've been able to get "advanced" information and warning on many Disney DVD-TV box sets. It all depends on where you look. But as of now nothing has been said or shared. :smirk:

    I hope we get an annoucement, or more information soon.
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hmmm... Wouldn't it be great if they had the ITC or whatever closings still in tact, but had a disclaimer saying that it's their property now?

    Anyway, I am hopeful, though weary of such a thing. I love DVD box sets, but I can never afford them. I have a few, all given as gifts. Of course, I had a DVD player only a year....

    With that said,I am worried of 2 things... 1 being the UK skits. Will they be in tact? and 2, any appearances by SS characters. I would't doubt they are still in tact, but is there any problem so far?
  3. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Disney may not own the SS characters, but they appeared as guests. I mean, they'd be guest stars like Christopher Reeves as Superman or Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman (even though she never dressed up like her, there were lots of references), those characters are owned by DC/Warner Bros., so as long as the credits say stuff like the SS characters are registered blah blah blah, it shouldn't be a problem... at least I hope not.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's not too much that I'm worried as concerned. I bet there'd be some royalty they'd have to pay and a disclaimer at the end of the episode. I'm going out on a limb on this, but the SS characters appeared on the Columbia/ Time Life videos after SW bought the rights and EMTV had the Muppets, right? I know they still had them in the movies. That's as far as I know.

    I hope they can work something out with SW... they can use the SS characters appearing on SS, SW can use old Kermit the Frog clips.
  5. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    The Sesame character would not need to be cut. Just a simple addition to disclaimer on the disk to say Sesame Character Trandmark of Sesame Workshop, bla, bla, bla.

    There are several specials, films or TV shows that blur the line between ownership. For example “The Christmas Toy” and “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas” (both Henson owned productions) feature Kermit the Frog (a Disney owned character); although Kermit is not owned by Henson, the production is. The parts with Kermit can stay in the production without editing him out or payig big bucks in future releases or airings. Likewise “A Muppet Family Christmas”, “The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years” and “The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson” (which features Muppets, Henson characters, and Sesame characters) is owned by Disney and can be used uncut. The “un-owned” characters can not be licensed for merchandise (Disney can't make a Sproket doll just cause he was in "A Muppet Family Christmas"; nor can Sesame Workshop make a reporter Kermit action figure) and the non-owned characters can not be used as the “selling point” of a product (Kermit can’t be overplayed on the Emmet Otter DVD cover to “trick” people into buying the special thinking it is a Kermit/Muppet/Disney production). Disney-owned “The Muppet Movie”, which features Sesame Workshop-owned character Big Bird, does not need editing; likewise Sesame Workshop-owned “Follow that Bird”, which features Disney-owned Kermit does not need editing.

    The Muppet Show episodes with Sesame characters are no problem, it just means adding an extra sentence to the legal stuff on the package and DVD. I would not worry about losing the Sesame segments.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Thanks... I just need some reassuring. Anyway, I was always wondering about the TMS/SS crossovers in Movies. Henson owned both at the time, but there still was a disclaimer saying "Oscar the Grouch appears courtesy of CTW" at the end of GMC....
  7. No1MuppetFan

    No1MuppetFan Well-Known Member

  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Yes, but it only mentions them as 'Rumoured.' Still, we can hope, no?
  9. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    So, is that official, or is it an educated guess, do ya suppose?

  10. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    It is not official, it is a Disney fan site who has shared the rumor of a box set being in the works by Disney on a list of upcoming Disney DVD. They do not have anymore information than we have here, and it is just listed based on the same information we have. It is no more comformation of a set coming.
  11. ashbeer

    ashbeer New Member

    Boxsets in Aus

    If/When the season boxsets start to come out, I will have to wait a lot longer until they come out in Australia. Because everything takes ages to get here after they are released in Aus. The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper still arn't here on dvd, only The Muppets Take Manhatten of the originals.

    I'm the hugest Muppetfan, and it's sad that knowing i'll have to wait longer than you guys in the us. That's if they even come out here.
  12. christyb

    christyb Well-Known Member

    So wait a minute. I thought the box sets were offically coming out/in the works. Is there a chance that we may not see them anyday soon????
  13. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member

    Right now, the rumor is kind of second-hand. At the Henson Film Fest in Brooklyn last November the question came up very early on in the weekend. And as of Sat morning, both Jerry juhl and Craig Shemin were saying, 'We don't know but we'de really like ot see it happen" Sunday afternoon, Craig showed up at one of the panels and announced that "Yes, Season by Season Box Sets are happening. There's been a film crew running around doing interviews with me, Bonnie (Erickson), Jane, Jerry, Jerry and some of the others. we just found out today so we don't have any more information than that." I came home that night and e-mailed Philip with the news and Danny Horn (Toughpigs) was there with me so he had the information.

    However, Disney has yet to make any kind of official announcement. no "coming to soos to Disney DVD....", or anything like that. GelflingWaldo was saying that the website that has it listed isn't really an official Disney website. It's a fan site like Muppet Central or Toughpigs. And while Phil and Danny are pretty reliable sources and usually don't post stuff unless it comes in from a fairly reliable source. Craig Shemin is certianly a reliable source BUT the Diz still hasn't said anything. THAT'S the announcement we're waiting for. They'll have release info, dates, special features and whatever else. but right now it's a second hand rumor from a very reliable source.

    So that's where we stand now. Yes, they will probably happen, but right now, Disney hasn't made an announcement.


    PS--Has anyone tried to contact maybe a customer service rep from Disney DVD as we did with HIT? Maybe they could confimr a little better for us.
  14. christyb

    christyb Well-Known Member

    Thanks for clearing that up for me. I got really confused.
  15. The Good Doctor

    The Good Doctor Well-Known Member

    Thanks for clearing that up.
  16. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    I have tried. I e-mailed and called Disney Consumer Servies, The Muppet Holding Co. offices, The Muppet Press Contact, and a dozen other people inside Disney. Unlike HIT, no one have responded to the e-mails in anyway, and all the phone calls lead to automatic systems (no real people to talk to) which are no help to answering this question. I have been trying to dig for an answer from Disney/Muppet Holding Co. for some time but they just are not responding to us and aren't as accessible as HIT. I'm still trying to get some kid of responce to at least prove their is life at Disney.
  17. christyb

    christyb Well-Known Member

    Thanks for trying. I've been also but no response. We better get some news soon or they will be getting more letters from me!!
  18. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    Well when i called Disney DVD (there number can be found on ANY Disney dvd disk) they dude sayed there "in the works, but NO release date yet" :smirk: just passing along what I was told.
  19. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Cool, I'll have to call the Disney DVD folks again to see what they say now. But let's hope we don't get the same mix-up we had with HIT and the Fraggle sets.
  20. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    Yeah really! yep, this is what he told me :)

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