A NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is now up for you to vote on. Netflix has decided not to go ahead with a second season of 'Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' Lisa Henson, executive producer said the following, “We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future." So the question is how would you like to see this franchise continue? Let us know! The Poll can be found near the top of the right sidebar.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Jim Henson's `Muppet Babies’ Writer Sues Disney in LA Over Disney's 'Muppet Babies'

A veteran animated television scriptwriter sued Walt Disney Co. Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging the company incorporated elements he created for the original “Muppet Babies” series in the 1980s into its 2018 reboot without permission.

Jeffrey Scott, who wrote most of the scripts for the 1980s “Muppet Babies,” alleges Disney misappropriated his “award-winning contributions to one of its most treasured animated properties” and used “valuable new ideas” he submitted for the “Muppet Babies” reboot, which first aired in March 2018, according to the complaint for alleged copyright infringement.

Scott contends he created the “production bible” — which “defined the foundational elements of the show” — for the original series. In exchange, Marvel Productions, from which Disney acquired the “Muppet Babies” property, promised Scott the right to write all episodes of the show and a royalty for each episode produced, whether or not he wrote it, and to afford him a “Developed for Television By” credit on each episode produced, according to the lawsuit.

“Disney has now saturated the reboot with the elements Scott created or co-created without giving Scott any credit or compensation for its wholesale use of his work,” the suit alleges.

According to Scott, when he left the series in 1986 to pursue other opportunities, the late Muppets creator Jim Henson wrote to him, “Thank you for all you’ve done for Muppet Babies. I think it’s a terrific series — because of you.”

The Los Angeles-based writer claims Disney never compensated him for the ideas he presented in 2016 and never gave him an opportunity to work on the “Muppet Babies” reboot.

Disney has released two seasons of new “Muppet Babies” episodes, for a total of 41 episodes, and is releasing a third season this year.

“The new episodes incorporate the elements in Scott’s bible and the concepts he presented in 2016, and plagiarize dialogue, plot points, images and many other elements from Scott’s original scripts,” the suit alleges. “Yet, Disney continues to refuse to acknowledge Scott’s essential, protected contributions and to pay for them.”

Monday, October 19, 2020

“Muppet Pundit and Beyond” - 'My Time on “The Witches"' by Steve Whitmire


Steve Whitmires' “Muppet Pundit and Beyond” has just posted his latest article titled 'My Time on “The Witches”'. 

It is a fabulous read. CLICK HERE to check it out. 

CLICK HERE to visit his wonderful website.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is NOW UP! - "The Dark Crystal's Future"

 

A NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is now up for your votes!


This week's question deals with the recent cancellation by Netflix of "Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance".


 Here is this week's question:

Netflix has decided not to go ahead with a second season of 'Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance'. Lisa Henson, executive producer said the following, “We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future." So the question is how would you like to see this franchise continue? (If choose OTHER, please let us know what other way in the 'comments section')

Let us know what you think. You can find the MuppetsHenson Poll near the TOP of the RIGHT SIDEBAR. 

Thanks for your participation!

MuppetsHenson Poll FINAL RESULTS: - "Earth to Ned"


 From The Jim Henson Company - NEW series, 'From Earth to Ned' is now available to stream on Disney+. After watching all 10 episodes, how would you rate this series?

EXCELLENT 31% (15)
VERY GOOD 10% (5)
GOOD 8% (4)
POOR 13% (6)
UNWATCHABLE 38% (18)
Total votes: 48   Voters: 47

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Celebrating the Life of Jim Henson!

TODAY, we celebrate what would have been Jim Henson's 84th Birthday. ALL Jim Henson fans will be spending the day or part of their day celebrating the life of Jim Henson. 

Please CLICK HERE to visit or re-visit our 'Jim Henson Tribute Page' that many of you have contributed to the past couple years.

Let us know how you celebrated Jim's Birthday today on our Twitter page, @MuppetsHenson (use the hashtag #JimHensons84th) or on our Facebook page, facebook.com/MuppetsHenson

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On September 24th, We ALL will Celebrate the Life of Jim Henson

September 24th has a special place in all our hearts. On this day, back in 1936, Jim Henson was born. This year we will all celebrate what would have been his 84th Birthday.  

Please take a moment today to reflect on what Jim has meant to you. Even though he left us far too soon, let's all be thankfull for the 54 years he was with us and all the joy he brought (and continues to bring) to millions around the world.

If you have any thoughts or artwork you would like to be add to our 'Jim Henson Tribute Page', please send them along to me at bknatchbull@gmail.com

CLICK HERE, to visit our 'Jim Henson Tribute Page' Enjoy reading the many posts on how Jim has affected so many of us throughout the world including some of the Muppeteers that have worked with Jim and/or The Jim Henson Company.  


We will never forget you Jim. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance" Canceled by Netflix

Netflix has chosen not to renew its fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance after a single season.

The series served as a prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal, which has become a cult classic among fantasy fans in recent years.

The streaming service and the Jim Henson Company CEO and Executive Producer Lisa Henson initially announced the information to io9.

Henson, the daughter of legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson, issued a statement thanking fans for supporting the series and suggesting the company might pursue other ways to continue the story.

'We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future,' she wrote.

'Our company has a legacy of creating rich and complex worlds that require technical innovation, artistic excellence, and masterful storytelling. Our history also includes productions that are enduring, often finding and growing their audience over time and proving again and again that fantasy and science fiction genres reflect eternal messages and truths that are always relevant,' she continued.

Henson concluded her statement by thanking Netflix and noting that Age Of Resistance won the Emmy award for Outstanding Children's Program at the 72nd Primetime Emmys.

Netflix shared its own statement thanking everyone involved with Age Of Resistance's production.

'We are grateful to the master artists at the Jim Henson Company for bringing The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance to life for fans around the world. We’re thankful to the executive producers Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, and Louis Leterrier, who also directed all episodes, as well as the writers, cast and crew for their outstanding work and thrilled they were recognized with the Emmy this weekend.'

Age Of Resistance debuted on Netflix in August 2019 with an impressive voice cast featuring Taron Egerton, Split's Anya Taylor-Joy, Game Of Throne's Nathalie Emmanuel, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Caitriona Balfe, Jason Isaacs and Mark Hamill, among many others.

The series also featured state-of-the-art puppetry that continued the Henson Company's history of innovation in the art form.

Fans of the series will likely be disappointed in the surprise cancellation, as the first season ended on a cliffhanger.

Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Age Of Resistance was considered an 'expensive disappointment' by top executives at Netflix.

The films alleged lack of viewers and large productions costs were cited as potential reasons for the ouster of Netflix TV executive Cindy Holland, who had been with the streaming service for 20 years.

Earth To Ned Review By Nicholas Napoli

Growing up as a fan of all things Jim Henson means there is a childhood nostalgic feeling which every so often, I am reminded of in my adult life. When I was young, I would feel this excitement for anything Henson related, be it Muppets, Dinosaurs, Labyrinth, I love that feeling. I would immediately be hooked on the characters, I would create stories for them, I would search out all merchandise available, I would dwell for more, I would become obsessed. As I grew older that feeling was harder to come by, I just assumed as I got older that childhood excitement was just not there anymore, no matter the production. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance proved me wrong, that excitement is there, it’s not gone because I’m older, it’s gone because Jim Henson magic is harder to come by. Luckily Age of Resistance brought all of those childhood feelings back but The Dark Crystal had an advantage, I had been obsessed with that story since as far back as I can remember. Earth To Ned on the other hand are completely new characters, first time I’ve ever been introduced to them and still they made me feel as happy and captivated as six year old me felt watching Dinosaurs on TV back in the day. 

Earth To Ned is pure Henson Company magic, I love it, I’ve watched all ten episodes and I still want more, more episodes, plus toys, plus live appearances, plus even a movie, I want as much Earth To Ned as I can get. Would I recommend Earth To Ned to others? I definitely would and I would also recommend it not just as a great series but as an example of why I admire The Jim Henson Company so much. Everything about this show takes me back to my childhood, especially the dialogue between characters, I find that very appealing. Puppets need to rely more on the dialogue they speak than the actions they perform because they’re actions are very limited. Yes, The Dark Crystal proves that theory wrong but that’s because it had a big enough budget to justify all those cool puppet action scenes. In this show, the characters spend most of the episodes interacting in one room and talking to each other, the dialogue is enough to keep me focused and the puppetry is a special extra icing on the cake, just as I felt when I was younger. The writing on this show is very clever and the characters very well fleshed out, I especially love Ned, a less aggressive alien version of Miss Piggy. 

Ned, Cornelius, BETI, the Clods, all great characters who fit perfectly under The Jim Henson Company banner, I could see them invading Thra, discovering Fraggle Rock, even landing on Sesame Street, they fit into that world. Ned’s insecurities are the best, he is such a well-developed character, and we’ve had what only ten episodes of him. I’m so intrigued by his relationship with his Admiral Daddy, will he ever come to Earth and invade it or instead change his mind and become a guest on Ned’s talk-show? Either way I really want to see this relationship explored further at some point, so much potential, such great developed characters within a very interesting story, which is not even the main focus of the show but still I’m so invested in it. At the end of most episodes, Ned is seen sending updates to his father as to why earth has still not been invaded. These short ending scenes are so entertaining, as are the introductions, the talk-show itself and Cornelius` short interactions with humans in the outside world mid show are also great. Cornelius is such a good character and seeing him as a full-body puppet at least once per episode is such a treat, I especially loved it when we saw him in the wrestling ring. Kermit and Fozzie, Bert and Ernie, Ned and Cornelius, they make the list in my opinion and they deserve to be there, they play so well of each other, I think their dynamic is the strongest part of the show for me. BETI is also a lot of fun, she’s brings the grouchiness that’s needed on this show, she’s a no nonsenses A.I having to travel the universe with these two, it all gels so well together. Doozers, Twiddlebugs, Rats, Penguins, Chickens, Clods, yes they make the list too, the Clods are so much fun, I want merchandise. 

Then we have the guest stars, I have no idea who most of them are but I was still very entertained by the show and its guests. This reminded me a lot of The Muppet Show where even without knowing who the guest was, I still enjoyed the show and that guest’s performance added to that enjoyment even though I had no idea who they were. Write good dialogue, make great entertainment and then if I happen to recognize the guest star even better but even if I don’t it should still not affect my enjoyment of the show and Earth To Ned was able to accomplish that. I actually am now more fanatic over some of these guest stars because even though I had no idea who they were, their interaction with Ned and company on the show has piqued my interest in them. It’s obviously scripted in many parts but it seriously all felt so real, like a live non-rehearsed interview with guests who’ve suddenly, unexpected to them been beamed onto an alien hosted talk show. Each episode also has a theme to it, which is played up on the show and then discussed by the guests, it’s all tied together very cleverly, the writing on this show is amazing, as is everything else but good writing in my opinion is so hard to come across these days that I am truly in awe of it on this show.
 
Bring back Ned for a season 2 and at some point, please have him take over Earth, I think we might be all the better for it. 

- Nicholas Napoli, Author of 
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