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What if Disney bought Sesame Street too.

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by JJandJanice, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Ok here's an interesting question that I know some of this forum won't want to think about, but what if along with the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House, Disney also got Sesame Street as well.

    I was just reading about it on Muppet Wikia and thinking and it stated that Disney was wanting to bought that but Jim Henson said "that was a deal breaker"

    Here is the link if anyone wishes to check it out, I'm sure most people here already knew of it anyway...


    But I was just thinking about it. What if it had happen? What would Sesame Street be like now? I guess one postive thing about it is that money won't be a problem for the SS crew anymore.

    What do you all think?
  2. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Sesame Street wouldn't have the same quality under Disney's direction. Sesame Workshop is not only an educational entertainment property, but a globally conscious and philanthropic one that has no agenda except to enlighten and educate. Disney is a dollars and cents company and there's nothing wrong with that. It's just not for Big Bird and company.

    The Muppet Show characters are better suited for Disney ownership because they are primarily about singing, dancing and making people happy without any other agenda. Sure, they enlighten and educate sometimes as well, but they don't have the same mission statement of responsibility that Sesame Street has maintained for nearly 40 years. I'm also glad that Disney doesn't have the Fraggles either. They would have under the original deal. I always felt that would have been a bad fit.

    And that's what it's all about. Disney isn't any more or less evil than any other corporation. Sesame Street merely doesn't work for their brand of business. Sesame Workshop wants to do good in the lives of children first and then figure out how to fund it. Profit is the only thing that drives the Mouse.
  3. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Thanks for making me throw up just a little inside.

    And I concur whole-heartedly with him.

    If it had happened, we'd see Disney sit on it for awhile. Any education value would devolve to Teletubby standards (like, it's educational if you're a vegetable). Mickey would be on the Street, or worse ... inserts would be nothing but Disney commer-- oops, cartoons. Only good thing: Kermit wouldn't have to be ignored like he is now.

    Being awash in cash, I am sad to say, is really what fits SS. Before anyone hangs me, let me explain: Imagine what started out to be a low-middle-class neighborhood turning into the Magic Kingdom or bulldozed in favor of high-rent condos. You know the Mouse wouldn't let it be ghetto at all.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I am trying hard, with every fiber of my being to not turn this into a rant out on Bob Iger..... dude's a horse's hindquarters, though.

    Well, we'd see a LOT LOT LOT LOT more Elmo. That's all I can say. And it would probably be on Playhouse Disney, which means it would be even more like a crummy Nick Jr. show.

    Oh yeah, and they'd try to shove as many of Disney's flavor of the month bands and starlets into the project as possible into every episode.
  5. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    It's Hannah Montana Sesame Street month with Elmo and Elmo's best friend Elmo! Kidding, of course. :p
  6. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Henson wouldn't have any control over Disney Buying the CTW.
  7. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Yes, but The Jim Henson Company owend the rights to the Sesame Street Characters.
  8. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    If this were to happen, I would shoot myself. Period.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I gotta get my hands on that Street Gang book. Didn't Eisner set his sites on getting these guys too at one point?
  10. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member


    If Di$ had bought Sesame, then(as someone has said) we would be seeing A LOT more Elmo, and Abby probably would have been thought of earlier on. I think the only postive thing is we would get more episodes.

    Another bad thing is instead of SSL...it would be Sesame Street On Ice. Ick.:grouchy:
  11. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Very well said frogboy4, my friend, good way of putting it.

    Yea that's true Henson wouldn't have any control over Disney buying the CTW or as it's now called Sesame workshop. But that's not what Disney was interested in buying they wanted the characters, which before Jim passed was under the rights to the Henson company.

    Another note is this is just my way of thinking, I don't know, but everyone is saying there would be a lot more Elmo. I'm not totally sure about that since Elmo popularity bloomed in the 90's, this was something that was happening during the 80's, which it seems like the only time Disney even had a small chance of buying the SS characters. But maybe everyone is right.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The sad thing is, I didn't even think of that. SW does a LOT of amazing stuff all over the world, trying to use their vision (as well as Henson's) to spread peace and love and respect the way that not even certain parents can give. After all, sometimes hate can skip a generation if the generation is willing to ignore it. Look at Sesame Tree, Rechov Sesam and all those ones they put up in volatile nations.

    Considering how cleaned up the street is no from where it was 40 years ago, that's saying something. It's like in real life, some contractor would start up gentrifying the neighborhood, replacing the apartments with Luxury condos and making Hoopers the Organic Market and all that. I have to say, seeing Hoopers have that large metal cage door that they use in tough neighborhoods made me feel depressed, but at least it's one thing still inner city about it. But that's another thread for another time.

    As for the cartoons during intermission... I always did like when popular toon guest stars popped in every so often. Pink Panther, Beetle Baily, Bugs Bunny that one time. That was great. I don't know how I'd fel if Mikey was in there... though it would be funny to see a Goofy "how to" style short about the letter of the day.
  13. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    While it's fun to imagine the possibilites at the Disney theme parks for the SST characters, I just don't think Disney is the right company to handle Sesame Street. I doubt Disney would put as much money into the property compared to what Sesame Workshop does as an independent organization.
  14. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I don't think it would be a good idea if Disney bought Sesame Street too.
  15. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    Can you imagine? There'd be an Elmo ride at Disney World. And they'd milk the little guy for all he's worth, even more than they do now.
  16. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Which I hear is what's happened at Sesame Place, which disapoints me. Like the show, the park used to be more of an ensemble piece.
  17. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Well I didn't say it would be a good idea, just a what if question.

    But yeah SST would be a totally different show and not for the better I can agree with that, I just thought it would would be interesting to discuss.
  18. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Oh, I see.
  19. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I also don't think it would be a good idea. SS has already had to sacrifice a lot of itself in order to stay afloat. Disney would change things even more.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    And what's worse... let's just say that stuff was no longer profitable... They probably stick it in the Disney Dumpster like they did with the Disney Afternoon, the Saban Library they got after buying The Family Channel, and lots of other little things like that... only to be pulled out for an incomplete series of DVD's.

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