The ownership of the Muppets and the various Muppet specials, movies and series is complicated. For example, Kermit and the other characters from The Muppet Show are owned by Disney, but the Jim Henson Company owns other characters, such as the fraggles. Song rights are also preventing some specials from being released in their original form, without major edits. There are unauthorized copies of these specials floating around and clips on the internet. But it would be nice to see them officially released.
The Great Santa Claus Switch features a great assortment of Muppet monsters and elves, with Art Carney playing both Santa and the villain Cosmo Scam. It was hosted by Ed Sullivan and is considered an episode of Sullivan's classic variety show.
|Art Carney as Santa Claus.
|Cosmo Scam (Art Carney again) plots with his monster minions.
|John Denver leads the Muppets in a performance of "Silent Night."
|Mr. Willowby and friends.
We know it's unlikely that these specials will get a legitimate release. But that's what they used to say about the 1960s Batman series. That show was produced by Fox, with characters owned by Warner Bros.. But Batman was finally released in 2014, so why not these rarely seen Muppet specials? These shows are part of TV history as well as the legacy of one of our greatest performing artists, Jim Henson. They deserve to be available to a wider audience.
J.A. & RigbyMel