I'm not reporting any news, but MC doesn't seem to have a general modern Muppet thoughts section. At Muppetfest, a few others and myself had a very long and elaborate discussion on the future of the Muppets and JHC. Some forsaw a comeback by 2003, some saw Disney eventually buying the Muppets. While it was hoped for, I don't think any of us foraw JHC actually able to buyback JHC. I for one did not think we'd be here in 2004 with the Muppets still where they've been since the 90's. When I first joined MC in the Fall of 1998, we were all brimming with excitement. As two Muppet films were in production(well if grouchland counted) and there was much enthusiasm about the future. Heck a Dark Crystal prequel looked like it might even happen. Then EM.TV happened. Sesame got sold off, and while EMTV were behind some very awesome decisions in 2001 and part of 2002...still...the dream seemed to be on hiatus. The dream of the great Muppet comeback. The last time I felt hope was late 2002...an edgy Fox prime time show looked to be on the fast track, AVMMC showed the Muppets were moving toward a more envelope pushing light humor wise...and a buyout looked to be looming. Now where are we? While JHC buying back JHC was a bombshell... with UK closing down a lot of the offices, the NYC hq closing, the Fox show hopes fizzled out, and the main thing being a classic fairy retelling... where oh where have we gone? 2005 marks the 50th anneversary of the Muppets. That's big...but where things stand right now, Im not sure how epic 2005 can even possibly be what with JHC's current financial and clout situation. Even if they had grand plans, I'm not sure how they'd be able to execute em. I wish their was rumors...I wish there was some big shocking announcement in the works. But as it stands, JHC seems like a tumbleweed convention, and I fear that mediocrity and being on this constant lifeline of 25th annv milking, tv appearences, merch, etc will continue indefinately. So far the only thing that has me excited JHC wise in 2004 is the merch, and Bear finally going out into the real world. Anyone else see any need for urgency here? I'm very curious as to all your thoughts on the future of our beloved Muppets, JHC, and where you think things are headed. Then again, one wonders what things would be like if Eisner had his way...would it be all that bad?