The 'Muppet Babies' are back and cuter than ever
The primetime version of The Muppets was apparently a little too grown up for some viewers (the mockumentary sitcom was cancelled by ABC after one season), but Disney is hoping that a revival of Muppet Babies will hit the nostalgia sweet spot for longtime fans and their kids.
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The new CG-animated series is set to debut on Disney Junior in early 2018, and will feature the playroom antics of Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and Miss Nanny.
The series will be geared towards kids from 4-7, with each episode comprised of two 11-minute stories.
"We are proud, and a little bit giddy, to begin production on our new version of the much-loved 'Muppet Babies.' Parents will delight in seeing their favorite Muppets in the mixed animation style they remember from the original series, and kids will be introduced to this warm and zany world made just right for the Disney Junior audience," said Nancy Kanter, Disney Junior's General Manager and EVP of Original Programming.
The new show is a collaboration between Disney Junior, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media's (DCPI) Content & Media group, and The Muppets Studio.
Disney noted in the show's press release that the decision to revive Muppet Babies was prompted by "the nostalgia, fandom, and demand" that they observed for the property via the digital and social media channels that are run by DCPI's Content & Media group.
Tom Warburton (The 7D) will serve as executive producer, and SpongeBob SquarePants writer Eric Shaw is story editor.
The original, hand-drawn animated series, Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, aired for eight seasons from 1984 to 1991 on CBS.
Fun fact: Full House's Dave Coulier and TV host Howie Mandel lent their voices to the original, both playing Baby Animal and Baby Bunsen at various points over the show's run, while Nanny was played by Barbara Billingsley.