Frank Oz: Disney Don’t Get The Muppets

When Disney bought The Muppets in 2004, Frank Oz's involvement ended. He's now highlighted where he thinks Disney has gone wrong.

Under the stewardship and ownership of Disney, this decade we’ve had two feature films for The Muppets, and an ill-fated TV series that lasted for one season. Now, Disney is developing a new TV show for its upcoming Netflix rival.

Frank Oz, who worked with and alongside Jim Henson in developing The Muppets, and worked with the characters through to 2004 (directing one of the feature films too), has given a new interview though where he’s had a few words about Disney’s approach.

“As much as Disney loves The Muppets and wants the best for The Muppets — and they truly believe they can do it – they don’t get it”, Oz said (via THR). “They don’t get the true rebellion and true affection underneath those characters”.

Oz is part of the new documentary Muppet Guys Talking, and he insisted that “I don’t mean to knock Disney, they really want to do a good job. They’ve never asked me, and they have not asked the performers how to do it.”

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Disney bought the rights to The Muppets up in 2004, which is when Oz’s time with them ended.

More on Muppet Guys Talking as we get it. Can’t wait to see that.