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Disney Acquires Muppets, Bear from Henson

2/17/2004 9:26 AM Eastern

The fact that Comcast Corp. is trying to acquire The Walt Disney Co. hasn’t stopped Disney from making an acquisition of its own.

The company announced Tuesday that it has acquired the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House properties from The Jim Henson Co.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The transaction does not include the Sesame Street characters, which are separately owned by Sesame Workshop.

The agreement does cover all Muppet assets, including the Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal characters; the Muppet film and television library; and all associated copyrights and trademarks. It also includes the Bear characters, television library, copyrights and trademarks.

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