In a mightily meta Muppet move, Fozzie Bear has just been announced as the latest special voice guest for Disney Television Animation’s 2D comedy-adventure Big City Greens. Jim Henson’s beloved bear comedian will place an affable dentist named Dr. Enamel in a new episode debuting Saturday, February 9 at 8:30 a.m. EST/PST on Disney Channel and Disney NOW.
In the episode, titled “Hurty Tooth,” the Greens go on a family visit to the dentist’s office where Cricket is determined to avoid Dr. Enamel and power through his toothache. Paul F. Tompkins (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) also guest stars as the Tooth Fairy.
Created and executive produced by brothers Chris and Shane Houghton (Harvey Beaks), Big City Greens follows the offbeat adventures of 10-year-old Cricket Green, a mischievous and optimistic country boy who moves to the big city with his wildly out of place family: older sister Tilly, father Bill and Gramma Alice. The series, which has already been picked up for a second season, was influenced by the Houghton brothers’ childhood growing up in the small rural town of St. Johns, Michigan, with many of the locations and characters inspired by their real-life family members and townsfolk.
Fozzie Bear’s character was originated by the legendary Frank Oz, and is currently performed by puppeteer Eric Jacobson. Eric Bauza voices the CG incarnation of Fozzie on Disney TV’s reboot of Muppet Babies.