Happy news for the next generation of Muppets fans! Disney has already begun production on a new take on Muppet Babies with an eye toward debuting the computer-generated animated series on Disney Junior in early 2018. The reimagined series will return to the playroom along with the youthful versions of Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and Animal, and of course, Miss Nanny.
Here’s what Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Original Programming and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, had to say about the news:
“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.”
Just like the series that ran from 1984 to 1991, the new Muppet Babies is geared towards kids ages 4-7. Each episode is comprised of “two 11-minute stories that follow the Muppet Babies on various adventures – from building a time machine to flying through outer space – as they let their imaginations take them to the farthest corners of the universe. The stories are designed to highlight creative and critical thinking skills by harnessing the power and potential of imaginative play.”
“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 (“The 7D”) will serve as executive producer and Emmy Award-winner Eric Shaw (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) is story editor.