Disney-Henson-Logos

In 2004, the Walt Disney Company acquired the Muppets from the Jim Henson Company. This transaction included specific titles from their film and television library. The following is a list of Henson projects produced up to 2004, and how they are currently divided between Disney, Henson, and other companies. (This excludes most Sesame Street productions, which are owned and distributed by Sesame Workshop; the exception being productions that The Jim Henson Company had a hand in producing).


Series

Disney

Production Duration Episodes Notes
Muppet Meeting Films 1975-1993 44
The Muppet Show 1976-1981 120
Muppet Babies 1984-1990 107
Little Muppet Monsters 1985 3
The Jim Henson Hour
(Muppet Segments)
1989 9 (30 min.)
1 (15 min.)
1 (60 min.)
Segments include: Outer Space (Louie Anderson), Oceans (Ted Danson), Power (Nylons, Today Show), First Show (Bobby McFerrin), Fitness (Smokey Robinson), Videotape (Buster Poindexter), Garbage (k.d. lang), Miss Piggy Goes to Hollywood, Secrets of the Muppets, Food, Movie Trailer Parody of Classic Muppets
Muppet Time 1994 40
Muppets Tonight 1996-1998 22
Bear in the Big Blue House 1997-2003 117
Muppetisms 1999 60

Henson

Production Duration Episodes Notes
Fraggle Rock 1983-1987 96
Fraggle Rock (animated) 1987 13
Mother Goose Stories 1987-1990 39
The StoryTeller 1987-1989 9
The Jim Henson Hour
(Non-Muppet Segments)
1989 10 Segments include: The Heartless Giant, Lighthouse Island, The Soldier and Death, Dog City, Monster Maker, The Song of the Cloud Forest, The True Bride, Sapsorrow, The Three Ravens, Living with Dinosaurs
The Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989 13
The StoryTeller: Greek Myths 1990 4
CityKids 1993-1994 13
The Secret Life of Toys 1994 13
The Animal Show 1994-1997 65 One episode features Sam the Eagle.
Aliens in the Family 1996 8
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss 1996-1997 40
Brats of the Lost Nebula 1998 13
Family Rules 1999 6
Farscape 1999-2003 88
Donna's Day 1999 52 A "restricted retained entertainment property" by the Henson Company.
Mopatop's Shop 1999-2003 260
Construction Site 1999-2003 26
The Fearing Mind 2000-2001 13
Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola 2000-2001 26
The Hoobs 2001-2002 250
Bambaloo 2002-2003 65
Animal Jam 2003 30

Other Properties

Production Duration Episodes Owner/Notes
Sam and Friends 1955-1961 The characters are owned by The Walt Disney Company, but are a "frozen property", so Disney needs approval from The Jim Henson Company to use them.[1]
The Jimmy Dean Show 1963-1966
The Land of Gorch 1975-1976 Broadway Video owns the existing Saturday Night Live episodes and appearances. Henson owns the characters and can produce derivative works (including new characters); as part of the 2004 sale of the Muppets to Disney, Henson agrees to not identify any of the SNL puppet characters as "Muppets" in any future works.
Dinosaurs 1991-1993 66 Produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and Jim Henson Productions in association with Walt Disney Television. The series and characters are owned by the Jim Henson Company; Disney has always held distribution rights.
Dog City 1992-1995 31 Produced by Nelvana, in association with the Jim Henson Company.

Films and Specials

Disney

Production Year Notes
Hey Cinderella! 1970
The Frog Prince 1971
The Muppet Musicians of Bremen 1972
The Muppet Valentine Show 1974
The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence 1975
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979
The Muppet Movie 1979 This film was originally distributed by ITC Entertainment. It was later purchased by The Jim Henson Company and included in the 2004 sale.
The Muppets Go to the Movies 1981
The Great Muppet Caper 1981 This was originally distributed by ITC Entertainment. The Jim Henson Company later purchased the distribution rights, which were subsequently included in the 2004 sale.
Of Muppets and Men 1981
The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show 1982
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years 1986 Features Traveling Matt Fraggle and Sprocket, as well as clips from various Henson-retained productions.
The Tale of the Bunny Picnic 1986
A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 Features characters from Fraggle Rock.
The Muppets at Walt Disney World 1990 Walt Disney Television has always retained the distribution rights to this special.
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 Walt Disney Television has always retained the distribution rights to this special.
Muppet*Vision 3D 1991
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 Walt Disney Pictures has always retained the distribution rights to this film.
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree 1995
Muppet Treasure Island 1996 Walt Disney Pictures has always retained the distribution rights to this film.

Henson

Production Year Notes
Time Piece 1965
Youth 68 1968
The Cube 1969
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas 1977 The 2004 deal specifies this as a "restricted retained entertainment property", and that the Henson Company shall "delete the appearances by Kermit the Frog at the beginning of each of The Christmas Toy and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas." Although this has applied to subsequent video releases, this was retracted for a special TV airing on ABC Family in 2015.
The Dark Crystal 1982 Produced under ITC Entertainmant, and originally distributed by Universal. The Jim Henson Company purchased the distribution rights around the time it was released.
The World of the Dark Crystal 1983
Henson's Place 1984 Features appearances by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, as well as clips from a number of productions later purchased by The Walt Disney Company.
Jim Henson Presents The World of Puppetry 1985
Labyrinth 1986 Originally distributed by TriStar Pictures.
The Christmas Toy 1986 A "restricted retained entertainment property" by the Henson Company; according to the 2004 deal for the sale of the Muppets to the Walt Disney Company, Henson shall "delete the appearances by Kermit the Frog at the beginning of each of The Christmas Toy and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas."
Inside the Labyrinth 1987
Down at Fraggle Rock 1987
Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting 1989 One of the few Sesame Street productions produced by The Jim Henson Company, and the only Sesame Street production distributed by the Henson Company.

Other Properties

Production Year Owner/Notes
The Muppets on Puppets 1970 This project is not listed in the Disney-Henson deal. However, Buena Vista Home Video did release this as a special feature on The Muppet Show: Season Three.
The Great Santa Claus Switch 1970
Out to Lunch 1974 One of the few Sesame Street productions produced by The Jim Henson Company, in association with Sesame Workshop and ABC.
John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together 1979
Here Come the Puppets! 1980
Rocky Mountain Holiday 1983
The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 Sony (originally distributed by TriStar Pictures)
The Witches 1990 Warner Bros.
Buddy 1997 Sony (produced by Jim Henson Pictures, distributed by Columbia Pictures)
Muppets from Space 1999 Sony (originally distributed by Columbia Pictures)
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 Sony (originally distributed by Columbia Pictures, produced by Jim Henson Pictures and Sesame Workshop)
Kermit's Swamp Years 2002 Sony (originally distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment)
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie 2002 NBC Universal
I Love Muppets 2002
I Love the Muppets 2003

Direct-to-Video

Disney

Video(s) Year Notes
Playhouse Video Muppet Show compilations 1985 Videos include: The Kermit and Piggy Story, Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook, Children's Songs and Stories, Gonzo Presents Muppet Weird Stuff, Rowlf's Rhapsodies with the Muppets, Muppet Treasures, Rock Music with the Muppets, The Muppet Revue, Muppet Moments, Country Music with the Muppets
Play-Along Video 1988 Videos include: Hey, You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear, Sing-Along, Dance-Along, Do-Along, Wow, You're a Cartoonist!, Neat Stuff To Know & To Do
It's the Muppets! 1993 Meet the Muppets and More Muppets, Please!
Muppet Classic Theater 1994
It's Not Easy Being Green Sing Along 1994
Muppets on Wheels 1995
Things That Fly 1996
Muppet Treasure Island Sing Along 1996

Henson

Video Year Notes
Fraggle Songs 1984
Doozer Music 1984
Jim Henson Play-Along Video: Mother Goose Stories 1988
Peek-A-Boo: A Big Surprise for Little People 1988
Billy Bunny's Animal Songs 1993 The only Muppet Sing Alongs video retained by the Henson Company.

Other

Video(s) Year Notes
Muppet Madness 1988 A View-Master Interactive Vision release.
Muppets Studios Presents: You're the Director 1988 A View-Master Interactive Vision release.
The Very Best of the Muppet Show: Volume 1 2002
The Very Best of the Muppet Show: Volume 2 2002

See also

Sources

  1. Shemin, Craig ToughPigs interview with Craig Shemin

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