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The Muppets are a group of puppet characters created by Jim Henson starting from 1955. Although the term is often used to refer to any puppet that resembles the distinctive style of The Muppet Show, the term was coined by Jim Henson for his puppet act, and a legal trademark owned by The Walt Disney Company since 2004.  

List of The Muppets productions owned by Disney

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. As Disney's acquisition of the Muppets did not necessarily include everything the characters starred in, a list of which productions Disney did acquire, and which Muppet productions have been made since Disney acquired the franchise, is provided below.

Pre-2004

The following Muppet productions were all included in Disney's 2004 acquisition:

Beginning in 1989, Jim Henson was in negotiations with Disney for a sale of the company so that he could focus on creative projects without any hassles of running a company. This deal fell through after his death in May 1990. However, on December 18, 1991, the Walt Disney Company bought the distribution rights to the entire Jim Henson Company library up to that time, and they would go on to distribute Henson's productions on video (via the Jim Henson Video label) from then until 1997. Prior to 1997, Disney released the following new Muppet productions, which they retained distribution rights to:

From 1998 through 2003, the Muppets would star in several other productions, such as Muppets from Space and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie which were not included in Disney's acquisition (and as such are not covered on this wiki).

Post-2004

In 2004, almost one year after ownership of the Jim Henson company was returned to his family's hands, the Jim Henson Company sold the rights to The Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House characters to The Walt Disney Company, who control the Muppets through the wholly owned subsidiary The Muppets Studio, LLC. The Walt Disney Company now owns all Muppet-related trademarks, including the word "Muppet". After Disney bought the characters, the Muppets have starred in the following productions:

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Media: The Muppets (franchise) | The Muppet Show | Hey Cinderella! | The Muppet Movie | The Great Muppet Caper | The Muppet Christmas Carol | Muppet Treasure Island | Muppets Tonight | The Muppets' Wizard of Oz | A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa | The Muppets | Muppets Most Wanted

Characters: Kermit the Frog | Miss Piggy | Fozzie Bear | Gonzo | Animal | Rizzo the Rat | Pepe the King Prawn | Statler and Waldorf | Bunsen Honeydew | Beaker | Scooter | Bean Bunny | Dr. Teeth | Floyd Pepper | Janice | Zoot | Rowlf the Dog | The Swedish Chef | Sam the Eagle | Sweetums | Bobo the Bear | Uncle Deadly | Camilla | Walter | Clifford | 80s Robot | Thog | Seymour | Lew Zealand | Beauregard | The Moopets | Constantine | Dominic Badguy

Vehicles: Le Maximum

Songs: The Muppet Movie: The Rainbow Connection | Moving Right Along | Never Before, Never Again | I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along | Can You Picture That? | I'm Going to Go Back There Someday | America | The Great Muppet Caper: Hey a Movie! | Happiness Hotel | Steppin' Out With a Star | Night Life | The First Time It Happens | Couldn't We Ride | The Muppet Christmas Carol: Scrooge | Good King Wenceslas | Marley and Marley | Chairman of the Board | Fozziwig's Party | When Love is Gone | It Feels Like Christmas | Christmas Scat | Bless Us All | Thankful Heart | Muppet Treasure Island: Treasure Island | Shiver My Timbers | Something Better | Sailing for Adventure | Cabin Fever | Boom Shakalaka | Love Led Us Here | Love Power | Love Led Us Here | The Muppets' Wizard of Oz: Kansas | When I'm With You | Nap Time | The Witch Is in the House | Calling All Munchkins | Good Life | A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa: Delivering Christmas | It's All About Heart | I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus | My Best Christmas Yet | The Muppets: Life's a Happy Song | Pictures in My Head | Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard | We Built This City | Me Party | Let's Talk About Me | Man or Muppet | Smells Like Teen Spirit | Forget You | The Whistling Caruso | Muppets Most Wanted: We're Doing a Sequel | I'm Number One | The Big House | I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) | Interrogation Song | My Heart Will Go On | Something So Right | Working in the Coal Mine | Together Again | Moves Like Jagger | Macarena

Disney Parks: Muppet*Vision 3D | Muppet Mobile Lab | Here Come the Muppets | Muppets on Location: Days of Swine and Roses

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