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“We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of Disney having the Muppets,” Lisa adds. “It’s a good time to be taking stock. We’ve been really busy.”
Recent projects include a live-action movie of the popular 1972 children’s story “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”; pre-school TV programming (including “Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid” on PBS and “Pajanimals” on Sprout); a “Fraggle Rock” movie in development at New Regency with Ivan Reitman producing; and an adult-themed puppets stage show, “Puppet Up! Uncensored,” meant for grown ups.
“It’s R-rated in terms of content and language,” company chair Brian Henson says of “Puppet Up!” “It’s a celebration of my childhood, watching my dad work and watching other ‘Muppets’ workers. They used to develop the characters by messing with each other before the director yelled, ‘Action!’ ” Henson is shopping another adult-targeted puppet comedy, “Happy Time Murders,” a movie with noir elements, Brian says.
Later this month, the Hensons will debut Syfy’s “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” a puppet-building reality competition show a la “Project Runway.” Ten designers compete for a prize worth up to $100,000, which includes a job as a creature builder at the Henson Co. Brian, who directed two “Muppets” movies in the ’90s, appears in every episode as the head judge.
“This has been a great idea we’ve been knocking around for years,” he says. Is he a mean judge? “Well, I’m very nice about it,” he says. “I’m honest and critical.”