Frank Oz says he’s not welcome to perform with the ‘Muppets’: ‘Disney doesn’t want me’

Last updated: September 2, 2021 Shares: 97

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I’d love to do the Muppets again but Disney doesn’t want me.

Iconic film director, Frank Oz said these emotional words. Recently, Frank was interviewed by The Guardian where he disclosed some other astonishing facts about his professional career as an actor cum director in detail.

Disney Shunned Frank Oz from Muppets projects

Per Oz, he is no longer working with Disney as its working style does not go with him. Furthermore, he cannot take dictation from other as it badly affects his creativity.

Sadly, the story does not stop here as Seasame Street has not contacted Frank for the last 10 years, said by the popular puppeteer.

Frank does not watch Muppets work

Frank Oz no longer watch anything Muppets-related content. According to him, the creative essence is missing that makes any Muppets project successful or pleasing to the eye.

Disney does not understand the value of art

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Unfortunately, Disney is only focusing on its monetary objectives and not thinking about the people i.e. artist. During an interview, he talked about Disney’s cruel behavior that allegedly took Jim Henson’s life.

The Disney deal is probably what killed Jim. It made him sick.

He added further,

[Michael] Eisner [Disney’s then-Chairman and CEO] was trying to get Sesame Street, too, which Jim wouldn’t allow. But Jim was not a dealer, he was an artist, and it was destroying him, it really was.

Disney tried to purchase the Muppets in the past. This particular incident might have affected Henson’s health a great deal.

He also revealed,

They never understood, with us, it’s not just about the puppets, it’s about the performers who love each other and have worked together for many years.

Frank’s contribution in making Muppets a household content is immense

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There is no denying that finding an actor-cum director of Frank’s caliber in Hollywood is really a difficult task. He has directed some of the most popular movies of all time including The Dark Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, etc.

 

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