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Your Thoughts: The Christmas Toy DVD

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by Phillip, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. xochval15

    xochval15 Well-Known Member

    I just bought it yesterday. And I really do miss Kermit's chimney intro. When the show first aired I can remember the excitement I felt seeing Kermie up there. We recored the original showing on VHS so I can still see it, depending if I can get my VCR working. But that small scene made it more than just the typical Christmas show. I miss Kermit. :)
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I know that you checked on this back in 2005, but did you check again recently when The Christmas Toy was released? Because I wonder if Henson even bothered this time around to try to get permission to show Kermit's scenes.

    When you mention the gues tappearances stipulations, are you referring to pre-2004 guest appearances, post-2004, or both? Interestingly, it seems that Henson is the only company that's been a victim to this, having to cut Kermit out of Emmet Otter and Christmas Toy. I don't know if other companies have had troubel releasing DVDs with known Muppet characters. I recall that the Nancy Sinatra special with Muppets was going to be released some time ago, but plans were cancled. I wonder if it was because of the use of Muppet characters.

    But still, since Disney bought the Muppets, some of the Muppets past guest appearances have been released on DVD, including the Muppets on The Cosby Show and some of Rowlf's appearances on The Jimmy Dean Show. Disney may have a policy of not licensing it's characters to the competition, but I think that in the case of the Muppets (or any other characters that Disney didn't originalyl own rights to) in outside productions Disney should make an exception. Judging by the interview with Lylle Brierr (or whatever the name is) on The MuppetCast it's obvious that Disney (or at least the Muppets Studio) really care about the Muppets and the fans. Still, Muppets Studio may or may not have controll over some things.

    I recall that long before Emmet Otter was released, Dog City was released by Hit! in the UK, with Rowlf's scenes included. Have you thought about doing any research to see how this was possible?

    And I wonder, does Disney see Henson as a rival?
  3. DollyKim

    DollyKim Member

    Who knows what Disney thinks? Having just watched The Christmas Toy for the first time in a long while, I have a used VHS with Kermit, I can see where the idea for Toy Story could have come from.

    It might have been more toruble than it was worth to leave Kermit in, Disney mght have wanted to distribute so on and so forth. Even if they didn't create a character once they "own" it they can be quite militant yet with all the branding they've done for the Princesses I haven't seen anything Muppets except for Sesame Street which is a whole different game.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Regarding that comment about Disney's policy of not "renting" it's characters out to the competition, it sounds like that means no matter how obscure the character is. Kermit is the best known Muppet, but I guess that policy would include lesser characetrs like Rowlf (who was in Dog City) and Sam (who was in an episode of The Animal Show), but who knows?
  5. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    does anyone know if there is a difference between last years release 2008 of a Christmas Toy and this year's 2009 version? like was a menu added or anything? or is it just that it's from a different distributor? i'm sure it's :)less but just wondering if there was any changes at all.
  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I'd also seen The Christmas Toy paired up with Emmett Otter--are there any differences there? Just trying to figure out what I'm going to buy or whatever.
  7. Radar

    Radar Member

    I'm curious about the same thing.

    ... and still bitter about the removal of Kermit from the Christmas Toy DVD, my favorite Christmas special ever. :)

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