Production has commenced on Disney Junior’s reimagined Muppet Babies series, announced in 2016 and due to arrive on screens in early 2018. The CG-animated reboot will chronicle the imaginative playroom antics of Jim Henson’s beloved characters Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, and every ‘80s kid’s favorite pair of legs: Miss Nanny.
The series is a co-production of Disney Junior, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media’s Content & Media group, and The Muppets Studio.
“We are proud, and a little bit giddy, to begin production on our new version of the much-loved Muppet Babies,” said Nancy Kanter, EVP Original Programming and GM of Disney Junior Worldwide. “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.”
Aimed at kids 4-7, Muppet Babies will consist of 22-minute episodes (two 11 min. stories) which follow the lovably oddball tykes on adventures fueled by their imaginations, from building a time machine to traveling through space. The stories highlight creative and critical thinking skills. Tom Warburton (The 7D) will serve as exec producer, and Emmy-winner Eric Shaw (SpongeBob SquarePants) is story editor.
“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, VP, 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.”
…And now we all have the theme song stuck in our heads.