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Who makes the principal Muppets ?

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by chrislynch, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. chrislynch

    chrislynch Member

    Hey everyone,

    Have a question that's been bugging me.
    Does the Jim Henson Puppet workshop in New York still make the principal 'Muppet' Characters owned by Walt Disney?

    I know the workshop still has the contract to make the Sesame Street Muppets etc....

    Or does Disney now employment another company ?

    So want to know !


    New Zealand
  2. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    A company called Puppet Heap makes them, staffed by some ex-henson builders.
  3. chrislynch

    chrislynch Member


    Wow just went to their website.. doesn't make any mention of Miss Piggy or Kermit ? I wonder why not ? How did you find that out ?

    Any website you can recommend for me to find out more information?
  4. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Go to their site, click on news and then click on news archive and look for the Muppets heading.Maybe the Muppets arent in the picture gallery because disney may not want them to be there, although they have allowed Bear, so I dont see why not.
  5. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    All I found was this. I agree with chrislynch though; I'm surprised there's not more mention of their involvement. Making the Muppets for the Muppets? That's a huge deal that merits bragging rights!
  6. chrislynch

    chrislynch Member

    yeah !

    yeah I know ! thought they would have pictures up on their website! Interesting to see that on the DC Almost love appearance... the company doesn't get a credit.. it just says "Muppet workshop" very confusing. I wonder if the Henson workshop in New York has has to downsize? Seems a shame.
    Anyway thanks for your post !
  7. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well the Henson workshop in New York has cloesed down. I think they cloesed about 2005 or so.
  8. chrislynch

    chrislynch Member

    you're joking? I had no idea!

    Where are the Muppets for Sesame Street made?

    I thought there was still some puppet making in LA ? NO ?
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think Sesame Workshop has their own puppet workshop. I cannot be 100 percent on that one.
  10. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Is Rick Lyon still involved in building stuff for Henson, CTW, or Disney?
  11. muppetinsider

    muppetinsider Well-Known Member

    I heard he was blacklisted from working for them again. Too bad, talented guy but too many oddities about him.
  12. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Blacklisted? Why? Is it because of his work with Crank Yankers?
  13. muppetinsider

    muppetinsider Well-Known Member

    Well, I believe the story goes back about 5 years or so ago; he use to do a lot of work on Sesame. However, there was a problem with him taking ideas from one of the other principal performer's notepad, literally swiping notes to an idea for a show and characters that this performer had been working on. When this muppeteer walked in on Rick reading his private notepad, well, you can imagine the awkwardness that must have been.
    Needless to say, from that day on, he never worked there again.
    Again, nice guy, talented performer, but not to be trusted.
  14. Keeermit

    Keeermit Well-Known Member

    Sesame Workshop is still open for business and makes the puppets for Sesame Street and many or the other sesame shows around the world. :insatiable:
  15. muppetinsider

    muppetinsider Well-Known Member

    Correct amundo.
    Maybe one day we can see all the Muppets together again the way it should be. Right now they are kind of like the scarecrow from Wizard of Oz; half of them over here, half of them over there, and the other half over there. It's just too divided up and it's really starting to show.
    No more Kermit on Sesame Street. Muppet Show characters and Fraggles together? I don't thinks so. The full Muppet breed cannot sing together in unison anymore, and that kind of defeats the purpose of the whole idea of unity that Jim was trying to bring to the world.
    Too bad they didn't freeze Jim the way they supposedly did with Walt; Cause now would be a perfect time to start thawing him out.
  16. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    Love that last sentence.
  17. Kevin Knight

    Kevin Knight Well-Known Member

    I'll add one thing to this thread taken from my day with :wisdom: Caroll Spinney. He commented that things are taken a little more seriously with Sesame Street rather than their Muppet kindred nowadays. I think he was referring to staying focused on educational children's programming, keep the allusion and magic alive, and an overall feeling of knowing what their all doing.

  18. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    It is so good to know that there are people out there that feel as strongly as I do about what the Muppets are and need to be.
  19. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    well if you look at the "new" credits on SS (Sesame Street) you can see it say "Jim Henson's Creature Shop" makes the Puppets
  20. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    Does anybody ever think there will be a day where all the Muppets are together with one home again?

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