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MUPPET stars Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy have been axed from a touring puppet show - after Disney threatened legal action.
The Disney Corporation of America, who own the Muppets copyright, threatened to sue the two-man show touring Scotland if they didn't axe their pig and frog puppets.
Puppeteers Philip Fletcher and Carl Chadd had wanted to make their show, featuring the 'Gluvets', a Muppets tribute.
They asked the estate of Jim Henson, the late Muppet creator, last September for permission but were told the rights had been sold to Disney.Misled
Promoter Paul Bridson then wrote to Disney in Florida. He believed they did not object and the show had bookings in Irvine, Stirling and Dundee.
Kermit and Miss Piggy topped the bill, with other puppets looking and sounding like Big Bird, Bert and Gonzo.
But after the first two shows at Irvine and Stirling last weekend, Disney lawyers claimed they had been misled.
Paul Bridson said: 'They seemed to think we would be submitting scripts for Muppet shows to Disney. That was never the case.
'It's just a frog and a pig but we can't afford to take on Disney.'
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Feb 27, 2005|
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