Shout Factory is pretty much the only decent DVD maker left, but they’ve been preparing for a possible DVD-less future by purchasing properties. They own Mystery Science Theater 3000, and as of today, they also own ALF. Yup, those two things are officially under one umbrella, and could theoretically cross over in their own Cinematic Universe.
Why ALF? We don’t know as of yet, but Alien Productions, which has owned the creature 100% since his 1980s heyday, was finally willing to sell to someone. Alien Productions seems to consist of just two people: ALF creator/ puppeteer Paul Fusco, and series executive producer Tom Patchett. It’s because ALF isn’t owned by a conglomerate that he’s been able to make cameo appearances in TV shows like Young Sheldon, Mr. Robot and Duncanville. Shout isn’t exactly Disney, but we’re not sure if the rate just went up.
“[Shout] is the home-away-from-Melmac that ALF has been looking for,” the pair said excitedly in a press release. “We’re looking forward to bringing you ALF in a totally new way—with new content, unseen art, and restored footage not seen in 30 years. This is the moment ALF fans have been waiting for.”
The thing is, we keep getting repeatedly told ALF is coming back, and then he doesn’t come back. The last time we heard from him was in 2018, when a movie was promised — and then nothing. We’re kind of jaded at this point and will only believe it when we see it.
Either way, all episodes of the series, plus both animated shows and the Project ALF TV movie, will be arriving on Shout’s streaming channel soon.