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May 1, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mickey Mouse ate a big serving of crow Tuesday as Walt Disney Co. settled its copyright dispute with the heirs of Muppets creator Jim Henson by apologizing to Henson's family and buying a license for a pair of Muppets attractions at Disney World in Florida. The vitriolic custody fight for such Muppet characters as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy flared into the open two weeks ago when Henson Associates Inc. filed a trademark and copyright infringement suit against Disney.
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BUSINESS
August 29, 1989 | PATRICK LEE, Times Staff Writer
It seems inevitable that the master Muppeteer would eventually become a Mousketeer. Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets and founding father of Henson Associates Inc., once wanted to be an animator for Walt Disney Co. Instead, he built a far-flung entertainment empire of his own on a handful of bug-eyed stocking puppets, a bemused frog named Kermit and a vain sow named Miss Piggy. Channels magazinewould eventually crown him "the new Walt Disney."
BUSINESS
November 4, 1989 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Walt Disney Co. agreed to buy Jim Henson's production company and rights to his popular Muppet characters, some observers saw in the deal vaguely sinister motives. "Disney's Muppets acquisition mousetraps the opposition," Malcolm S. Forbes opined in Forbes magazine. Now there's a new amphibian on the block that just might make Disney croak.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mickey Mouse ate a big serving of crow Tuesday as Walt Disney Co. settled its copyright dispute with the heirs of Muppets creator Jim Henson by apologizing to Henson's family and buying a license for a pair of Muppets attractions at Disney World in Florida. The vitriolic custody fight for such Muppet characters as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy flared into the open two weeks ago when Henson Associates Inc. filed a trademark and copyright infringement suit against Disney.
BUSINESS
August 29, 1989 | PATRICK LEE, Times Staff Writer
Kermit the Frog joins Mickey Mouse under a deal announced Monday in which Walt Disney Co. will acquire Jim Henson's production company and rights to his popular Muppet characters. Disney will pay an undisclosed sum--estimated by one source at $150 million to $200 million--for all of the assets of New York-based Henson Associates Inc. These include an extensive library of television shows and movies, merchandising rights and a 15-year contract for the creative services of Henson himself.
NEWS
April 18, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bitter custody fight over Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other creative offspring of the late Jim Henson has erupted between the Muppet creator's natural heirs and the Walt Disney Co. Claiming that they are trying to prevent the "outright theft of Jim Henson's legacy," a pair of companies controlled by Henson's heirs filed suit here Wednesday to stop the Burbank-based entertainment giant from using the Muppets at Disney theme parks without a license.
NEWS
April 18, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bitter custody fight over Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other creative offspring of the late Jim Henson has erupted between the Muppet creator's natural heirs and the Walt Disney Co. Claiming that they are trying to prevent the "outright theft of Jim Henson's legacy," a pair of companies controlled by Henson's heirs filed suit here Wednesday to stop the Burbank-based entertainment giant from using the Muppets at Disney theme parks without a license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1990 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Abraham Lincoln has apparently been emancipated from a future on a storage shelf by tourists at Disneyland who rebelled over the prospect of Kermit the Frog replacing him at a park exhibit. Park officials have shelved their plans to close the 25-year-old "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" show on Disneyland's Main Street this weekend, they said Thursday.
BUSINESS
August 9, 1990 | Chris Woodyard Times staff writer
Come next year, Mickey and Minnie are about to get some new neighbors. The Muppets are coming to Disneyland. When Walt Disney Co. bought the rights to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, the Swedish Chef and other creations of the late Jim Henson, it created the prospect of adding a whole new stable of fuzzy stars to its well-known list of characters. But just how Disneyland is going to bring the Muppets onto Main Street is yet to be seen.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1989 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Walt Disney Co. agreed to buy Jim Henson's production company and rights to his popular Muppet characters, some observers saw in the deal vaguely sinister motives. "Disney's Muppets acquisition mousetraps the opposition," Malcolm S. Forbes opined in Forbes magazine. Now there's a new amphibian on the block that just might make Disney croak.
BUSINESS
August 29, 1989 | PATRICK LEE, Times Staff Writer
It seems inevitable that the master Muppeteer would eventually become a Mousketeer. Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets and founding father of Henson Associates Inc., once wanted to be an animator for Walt Disney Co. Instead, he built a far-flung entertainment empire of his own on a handful of bug-eyed stocking puppets, a bemused frog named Kermit and a vain sow named Miss Piggy. Channels magazinewould eventually crown him "the new Walt Disney."
BUSINESS
August 9, 1990 | Chris Woodyard Times staff writer
Come next year, Mickey and Minnie are about to get some new neighbors. The Muppets are coming to Disneyland. When Walt Disney Co. bought the rights to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, the Swedish Chef and other creations of the late Jim Henson, it created the prospect of adding a whole new stable of fuzzy stars to its well-known list of characters. But just how Disneyland is going to bring the Muppets onto Main Street is yet to be seen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1990 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Abraham Lincoln has apparently been emancipated from a future on a storage shelf by tourists at Disneyland who rebelled over the prospect of Kermit the Frog replacing him at a park exhibit. Park officials have shelved their plans to close the 25-year-old "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" show on Disneyland's Main Street this weekend, they said Thursday.
BUSINESS
August 29, 1989 | PATRICK LEE, Times Staff Writer
Kermit the Frog joins Mickey Mouse under a deal announced Monday in which Walt Disney Co. will acquire Jim Henson's production company and rights to his popular Muppet characters. Disney will pay an undisclosed sum--estimated by one source at $150 million to $200 million--for all of the assets of New York-based Henson Associates Inc. These include an extensive library of television shows and movies, merchandising rights and a 15-year contract for the creative services of Henson himself.
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