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The Muppets are a group of puppet characters created by Jim Henson starting from 195455. 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 the 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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Songs: The Muppet Movie: The Rainbow ConnectionMoving Right AlongNever Before, Never AgainI Hope That Somethin' Better Comes AlongCan You Picture That?I'm Going to Go Back There SomedayAmericaFinale: The Magic Store | The Great Muppet Caper: Hey A Movie!The Big Red BusHappiness HotelSteppin' Out With a StarNight LifeThe First Time It HappensCouldn't We Ride | The Muppet Christmas Carol: ScroogeRoom In Your HeartGood King WenceslasOne More Sleep ’til ChristmasMarley and MarleyChristmas PastChairman of the BoardFozziwig's PartyWhen Love is GoneIt Feels Like ChristmasChristmas ScatBless Us AllChristmas FutureChristmas MorningThankful HeartWhen Love Is Found / It Feels Like Christmas | Muppet Treasure Island: Treasure IslandShiver My TimbersSomething BetterSailing for AdventureCabin FeverProfessional PirateBoom ShakalakaLove Led Us HereMapCaptain SmollettLand HoCompassLong JohnRescueHonest Brave and TrueLove PowerLove Led Us Here • | The Muppets' Wizard of Oz: KansasWhen I'm With YouNap TimeThe Witch Is in the HouseCalling All MunchkinsGood Life • | A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa: Delivering ChristmasIt's All About HeartI Wish I Could Be Santa ClausMy Best Christmas Yet • | The Muppets: Life's a Happy SongPictures in My HeadMe and Julio Down by the SchoolyardWe Built This CityMe PartyLet's Talk About MeMan or MuppetSmells Like Teen SpiritForget YouThe Whistling Caruso • | Muppets Most Wanted: We're Doing a SequelI'm Number OneThe Big HouseI'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)Interrogation SongSomething So RightWorking in the Coal MineTogether AgainMoves Like JaggerMacarena

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