Disney Begins Production on New Muppet Babies Series

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A New “Muppet Babies” Series is in the Works at Disney

The original “Muppet Babies” aired on September 15, 1984 and ran until November 22, 1991. For seven years pre-school aged Kermit, Piggy and the crew entertained children on Nick Jr, Nickelodeon’s sister network. The original series followed the beloved Muppets as they played together in a nursery overseen by nanny – originally voiced by “Leave It to Beaver’s Barbara Billingsley. In the original series, nanny is never seen from the waist up.


Twenty five years since the series went off the air, “Muppet Babies” is set to return to the small screen. Disney has begun production on the reboot set to air on Disney Junior in 2018. The new “Muppet Babies” series will chronicle the playroom antics of Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and Miss Nanny. The CG-animated series is slated to debut in early 2018.

“We are proud, and a little bit giddy, to begin production on our new version of the much-loved ‘Muppet Babies,’ said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president Original Programming in a public statement this morning. “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.”


Disney Junior is the prime location for a “Muppet Babies” reboot with hits like “Sofia the First” and “Doc McStuffins.” The new series is geared towards kids 4-7, but 80s and 90s kids are sure to tune in as well. Each episode will feature two 11-minute stories that follow the Muppet Babies as they go on adventures, like building a time machine to fly through outer space. The episodes are designed to help your little ones establish critical thinking skills by harnessing the power and potential of imaginative play, according to the network.


“Bringing ‘Muppet Babies’ to Disney Junior is a wonderful opportunity to reach a new generation of viewers and to creatively build on the innovative original series,” said Debbie McClellan, vice president, The Muppets Studio. “We hope to engage and delight the nostalgic fans while also entertaining new kids, parents and diverse audiences through heart and humor as only the Muppets can deliver.”


Tom Warburton will be executive producer on the reboot. Warburton is known for classic animated TV shows like “Doug” and “Pepper Ann.” He’s more recently known for his work on the Disney XD cartoon “The 7D.” Emmy Award-winner Eric Shaw of “SpongeBob SquarePants” is story editor on the series reboot.

Will you watch the “Muppet Babies” reboot when it airs in 2018?

Michelle McKinley is a journalist and digital marketer from Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Journalism degree from Pepperdine University, and has been writing for the web since 2003. She’s a life-long Disney fan who travels and writes about her experiences for fun.

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