Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

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I wonder if the original magic can be recaptured.
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Sony's apparently going to be putting out a new edition of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (no date yet), but it sounds like the deleted footage is going to be relegated to the bonus features.

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/m ... 80817-1330
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I'm just glad for Kermit. The previous release was jam-packed otherwise. The full "Bathing Suit" song also turned up on a TV airing a few years back, so, fingers crossed.
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Post: # 9299Post Garrett Gilchrist »

Very interesting Jim Henson selection on Filmstruck right now. They've put out some previously unreleased experimental work from very early in Jim's career, and the mostly-rare specials from The Jim Henson Hour era. This is the first ever official release for Living with Dinosaurs, and there's never been a DVD release of Lighthouse Island, Monster Maker, Time Piece, The Cube, etc.

http://www.toughpigs.com/jim-henson-col ... ilmstruck/

(Disney has no control over this, which is why the actual specials get released and not the Jim Henson Hour series proper (which was a half and half show with new Muppet episodes). It's why Emmett Otter was released sans Kermit, although that's now been corrected. It's via The Jim Henson Company ... an odd rights situation. I think this went through Warners for Filmstruck purposes only.)

(Disney owns the Muppets. Rights to "Jim Henson" productions are separate, as is Sesame Street.)

(The main problem with The Muppets, Muppets Tonight, The Jim Henson Hour, the Muppet specials etc., is that Disney has so many A-level properties that it's not at all interested in the Muppets as more than a Z-grade property. Someone who already has Mickey Mouse, The Avengers, Ducktales and Frozen and so on doesn't need to fight for the appeal of Kermit the Frog, who was bigger than Mickey in his day.)

(Lack of interest from Disney prevented the release of Muppet Show 4+5 and everything else. Presumably they ran the numbers and didn't feel it was a priority.)

(They don't care enough, because they make most of their money off of about 4 current properties. This is the problem with a handful of companies owning everything. They pay zero attention to franchises other companies would fill the shelves with.)
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They cropped Emmett Otter to 16x9 and it's a disaster. Would be the best and most complete release ever if they hadn't.
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If the Disney streaming service takes off I'm sure they'll use Muppet stuff from the vault to fill out the catalog
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Post: # 9319Post Garrett Gilchrist »

That would be nice. I expect you're right!
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