Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and all the other Muppets have gone digital and are poised to take over computer screens from coast to coast.
Last year Jim Henson Prods. – after creating computer games in various divisions of the company for more than a decade – officially formed an interactive unit.
Headed by Edward Dombrower, a former executive producer for interactive stories at Los Angeles-based publisher Activision, Henson’s three-employee division, will do more than just supervise licensees.
“We’re co-producing titles as much as possible,” Dombrower says. “We get involved in all the stages, from design to physical production, to text, to the position of the cursors.”
Upcoming titles include “Muppet Treasure Island,” an Activision game set to launch Feb. 16 and “Muppet CD-ROM: Muppets Inside,” produced with StarWave, with which Henson signed an exclusive deal for CD-ROM partnerships,, which is due out in early 1996.
Dombrower said two more CD-ROMS with StarWave are slated to go into production soon, with targeted release dates of late ’96.
“One of those will tie into one of our existing productions,” he says. “The other will either be an original title, based on entirely new characters, or it’ll be based on our ‘Pigs in Space.'”
The company also is planning an online site, which Dombrower promises will contain enough original – that is, not merely promotional – content to “draw people back again and again.”