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Muppet Show Season 4 coming in 2013

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Traveling Matt, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Sigh, I wanted to stop posting in this thread until an official release date was announced, but I'd like to point out that the 40th anniversary DVD does include a small still from the C3PO and R2D2 appearance. I don't know if extra permission was needed to put that on the cover, but I doubt they'll be on the cover of the season 4 release (I'll even be surprised if they're on the back cover, as none of the season sets have included guest stars on the packaging).
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Plus it seems whatever the hold up was must've been a last moment thing. I'm pretty sure back when they were trying to secure music rights, they had to deal with Lucas. The only things he refuses to budge on are the non-special edition first 3 films and the Christmas Special. he owns those. Disney owns the episode, but he owns the character rights. Even if he rejected the offer, it would have came up years ago, and they wouldn't have even announced Season 4 2 years prior. Basically they've been trying to hammer out rights since season 2... and any problems with Lucas would have popped up a while ago. Something tells me something somewhere with someone went down wrong.

    Still, I really don't see why nobody can get in touch with anybody to see what the REAL problem is. It's June... If it's to be released to coincide with the movie, we should have heard something by now.
  3. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    ok so I called Walt Disney Home video tecnical support and talked to a real nice lady about the Muppet show season 4. She told me she had no information what so ever, and asked why i was wanting to know about it. I told her I was a huge Muppet fan, and belong to a few Muppet fan sites. She also asked me where I heard that it was comming out this year, and I had forgot the direct source so I just said from the Muppet fan sites. Then she told me that she was going to take my request and tell "them" (Don't ask me who them is) and let them know that I really want to see this out on DVD. So I know it's not the news we want to hear, but at least I have a way insteed of just posting on here about how upset we are that it is not out yet to let Disney know we want Season Four and we want it NOW! If enough people call and get the request sent to "them" I'm sure before no time we will hear something. Now I'm going to give out the number and the steps I went through to talk to the nice lady I hope more people call and let Disney know that we have waited way to long for Season four!

    The number is 1-800-723-4763

    Press 1 for English

    Press 5 for other

    Then I think it was five again to talk to someone
    I hope this helps.
  4. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Very much against Lucas' decisions on these matters. ;)
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't think there was ever an official announcement for the set coming out in 2011. There was an official announcement for the 2010 release, and this thread originally had 2010 in the title, changed to 2011 just because it didn't come out last year.
  6. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Yes, it was officially announced at D23 over a year ago as a 2010 release and kept getting pushed back and back and back. Keep in mind both the John Denver and Star Wars episodes have been released in their entirety by Time-Life when they were doing the Best of The Muppet Show releases. Now i know i know, so was the uncut Vincent Price episode but given the Muppets were a newly acquired property, Disney didn't know how big a success the box sets would be and how much of a furor would arise over cuts, i think they just didn't bother to try hard enough to iron out (pay for) the deal with "You've Got a Friend" and if Season One were to be released today, they'd go that extra mile.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Exactly, they'd need to be renegotiated with a different company, much like the Vincent Price example you said. But considering this was due well over a year ago, those rights could have and SHOULD have been hammered out well in advance. That's why the Michael Jackson estate partial song ownership theory makes sense.

    Still, there's NO FAVORS done it holding this season hostage. There's a huge movie coming out in November, and the only way the public's getting access to the Muppets is rerun movies on the Hub. Not having season 4 out before the movie is crazy. if they want to get people out of the possibly tedious Puss in Boots spinoff and into The Muppets, why are they sitting on something that can't do anything BUT help get the Muppets back in the public eye. I'm glad people are calling a 1800 number for Disney, but we NEED to find someone who can get in touch with someone who knows what's going down. Someone higher up.
  8. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Sometimes though the legalities vary from studio to studio. Columbia House that put out the Best of DVDs in their complete format may have had a totally different contract with them than Disney does. A lot of things have changed since those Best Of's came out (and boy am I glad I held onto them since Disney started editing stuff out!)
  9. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Well-Known Member

    Yeah, like Steve Swanson of The MuppetCast. :)

    We should all send him emails, asking him to get another interview with Lyelle Breier so he can ask her what the hold-up is on the Season 4 DVD's.
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    You really don't need to foold Steve with a whole lot of E-mails right now beacuse this season of the Muppetcast is comeing to a close as of this Sunday, tomrow. Call the 1800 number I posted let Disney know yourself insteed of having someone else do all the work for you.
    Here is a thought: What if they are holding Season 4 for when The Muppets comes out on DVD and Blu ray? To me that would seem kind of smart on there part any thoughts?
  11. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I think so too. It couldn't hurt to ask someone higher up and show our enthusiasm. :cool:
  12. Isn't Disney going to roll out a new line of Star Wars-themed Muppet action figures later this year? I doubt Lucas would okay THAT but not the release of the Mark Hamill episode.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I said that before. Logically, there's a different rights to be negotiated, but I still don;t buy that's the hold up when Disney and Lucas have had too good of a relationship together to screw it up with character rights to an episode of something that Disney owns. Also, especially, when they gave the same character rights to SW for the 40th anniversary DVD collection.

    I mean, not only do they have a Disneyworld theme park attraction, they renovated it this year AND made a commercial with all the characters, even Admiral "It's a TRAP!" Akbar. There's logic, but I don't see that being the hold up.
  14. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I never said that is THE reason, I said it COULD be a reason. And again it doesn't matter what their relationship is. Contractual rights for a theme park, and contractual rights for home video are two very different things and involved different legal issues. Perhaps something with the home video market may be the reason.
  15. jerlgrain

    jerlgrain New Member

    I do hope Disney puts out Season 4 somewhat soon. Otherwise it sounds like it may be show that is never completely released on DVD.

    Looking forward to learning more info here in the future... hopefully soon!
  16. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    if walters saying it in his interview then i think it might happen
  17. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    That's got to be all the more reason to convince Disney.
  18. RockSTAR girl

    RockSTAR girl Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen the evidence to back this up, and I don't see any listings online... but my friend said he got an ad for a store (don't know what store) that had Muppet Show season 4 listed for release November 8th. He said the image was Gonzo packaging. That would make sense because we all saw the image at D23 2009 of Gonzo packaging, but I can't believe that NOBODY would know it was going to be released as soon as tomorrow. If anyone has heard anything to support this, please post!
  19. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

    Did it say a year :p;)
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Bull. TVshowsonDVD would have at least had to have broke the news well over 2 months in advance. Even the Disney sites would have had word then.

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