This is a list of minor Muppet projects that have not made it past the development stage, for which not enough information exists to constitute its own page.
Made-for-TV Movie was an idea pitched by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl to ABC, which would have been a parody of network TV movie cliches. The pitch was discussed in an entry at Jim Henson's Red Book, which referred to Juhl's treatment as "certainly one of his silliest." ccording to Juhl, "The main action of the film takes place at a Malibu beach house, because independent research has shown that all Made-For-TV movies take place at Malibu beach houses."
This comedy mystery would star Kermit the Frog as a police detective, dealing with a houseguest's disappearance during a seance with a ouija board. As with previous specials and the later movies, the cast would be a mix of Muppets and live actors (as the other guests and household members, serving as suspects; and as the police commissioner who turns up near the end, and leads to some debate as to whether *he's* dead). An Egyptian sarcophagus would have beens a potential red herring or "McGuffin" (does it hold the vanished guest?) Several characters from past specials would have appeared (some of them Kermit's colleagues), including Thog, Taminella Grinderfall, King Rupert the Second, and Rufus (who would perform a harp solo).
According to Juhl's notes, about halfway through, “The spirit of a cranshaw melon possesses Butterfield [the antiques dealer played by Thog] who runs amok.... A mok is about a mile and three sixteenths."
Ultimately, the guest reappears and Kermit tries to take credit. As Juhl notes, "Through it all, Kermit tries his best to be the dignified, Made-For-TV detective. He also converses freely with the camera, commenting on the action and keeping careful notes on the number and lengths of commercial interruptions."
The Island of Lost Muppets
Proposed miniseries in the late 1980s that would have introduced new characters called the Orangs. This special was originally going to be titled "Muppetamia". Initially planned to be a four-hour mini-series broadcast on CBS, the network later wanted it to become a two-hour made-for-TV movie before dropping support for the project.
Kermit's Christmas Capers
Kermit's Christmas Capers was announced as a proposed television special for the 2005 holiday season however the project was cancelled before filming due to changes in management with the Muppets Holding Company.
Miss Piggy mystery books
A July, 1990 article in Publisher's Weekly described a merger between Muppet Press with Disney Press in "the impending acquisition of Henson Associates". The article mentioned that "plans are in the works for a line of Muppet Babies toddler books, a Miss Piggy mystery series and a biography of Henson by Louise Gikow."
The Muppet Love Song Album
Proposed in the late 1980s for television.
Muppets in Camelot
Muppets in Camelot had been mentioned by the Jim Henson Company many times in the late 1990s, and was "kicked around" for several years for a potential feature film. A script outline was produced, but the film didn't move forward into production.
The Muppets Leave Hollywood
The Muppets Leave Hollywood was an outside script bought by the Henson Company in February 1998. In the script, the Muppets (playing themselves) are living the high life in Hollywood until Kermit decides they've lost their purpose in this greedy world and takes them all back to the swamp.
The Muppets on the Orient Express
Project from the 1980s, for which John E. Barrett created concept photography featuring The Muppet Show cast in period costume as shifty, potential suspects at a train station. Concept photography went on display at The Muppets Say Cheese exhibit.
The Muppets' Run for President
An election special, intended to coincide with the 2008 Presidental election was written by Andrew Samson, Scott Ganz, and Hugh Fink for The Muppets Studio. The writing trio revealed the title and discussed the project, the inital pitch and its ultimate fate in the 89th episode of The MuppetCast. The special followed Miss Piggy's run for the White House (previously the home of President Animal).
Noah's Ark Musical
Following the London musical Doctor Dolittle, the Jim Henson's Creature Shop was approached by the creator of Dolittle, Leslie Bricusse, on a musical based on the story of Noah's Ark. Preliminary work on the creatures was started, but the show was never produced.
Following the 1986 airings of The Tale of the Bunny Picnic on ABC and The Christmas Toy on HBO, the cable channel considered producing more in the series of "picture-book specials". A 1988 article in Channels, a magazine for the television industry, revealed that "Henson has ten specials in development that he would like to place, including a Valentine's Day program called Puppy Love starring Muppet dogs, and a special called The Lizards for the summer. These will eventually be turned into a series of videocassettes distributed by HA. And the books, published by Henson's publishing division with Scholastic, will further the publishing aspirations of the company."
Pipe Dream is a lesser known Rodgers and Hammerstein musical which ran for 246 performances on Broadway in 1955, based on the novel Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck. A film version of the musical was proposed starring the Muppets. Humans would play Doc and Suzy; Muppets would play the other roles—with Miss Piggy as Fauna, Kermit as Mac and Fozzie as Hazel.
A 1993 Wall Street Journal article mentioned plans for a new Muppet project:
|“||[Brian] Henson's record label will soon introduce "Screaming Edith", a new Muppets hard-rock band whose videos Henson wants shown on MTV.||”|
Untitled superhero project
- ↑ Jim Henson's Red Book - 10/-/1074 - VTR Out to Lunch with CTW for ABC
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 MuppetZine #13, Summer 1995
- ↑ Jim's Red Book - 7/-/1983 – Taping for Please Don’t Eat the Pictures at the Met. For SS special – talk to Karl Katz during that – begin Muppetamia
- ↑ Muppet Central news September 17, 2005
- ↑ Schnol, Janet. "Disney to Launch Book Division with Startups and an Acquisition", Publisher's Weekly. July 27, 1990.
- ↑ ToughPigs.com - My Day On a Muppet Movie Set
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Muppet Central news June 5, 1998
- ↑ The MuppetCast episode #89 - December 21, 2008
- ↑ Live Design Online
- ↑ Loevy, Diana. "Inside the House That Henson Built", Channels. March, 1988.
- ↑ Mandelbaum, Ken. Not Since Carrie: 40 years of Broadway Musical Flops. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1992. p. 99.
- ↑ Mordden, Ethan. Rodgers & Hammerstein. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992. 
- ↑ Cox, Meg. "Kermit's Keepers: Jim Henson Is Gone, But Muppets Thrive Under His Children", The Wall Street Journal. August 9, 1993.
- ↑ Personal communication, Scott Hanson and Craig Shemin