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When Jim Henson died, Disney sent a drawing of Mickey consoling Kermit to his mourning company(r/pics)
That’s funny. Disney used Jim Henson’s death to try to change the nature of their deal for buying Henson’s company. Specifically, they now required the Sesame Street muppets, which Henson adamantly refused to give them. Without Jim in the picture, Disney started bullying the family to give up the Sesame Street characters, and the family weren’t the ones that made the promise to Children’s Television Workshop to always maintain ownership of the characters. CTW were able to use the muppets without paying a licencing fee, and in exchange Henson kept all the merchandising rights.
During this, Disney went ahead and released the Muppet’s 3D ride, assuming they would soon own the Muppets. When the deal failed (the family stood up for CTW, and the deal fell flat since Disney wouldn’t accept less than all the characters), the Jim Henson Company ended up suing Disney for royalties on the Muppets 3D ride, as it was now a copyright violation.