Muppet Babies (2018 TV series)

Muppet Babies is an American computer-animated television series featuring toddler versions of the Muppets characters that began airing on Disney Junior and Disney Channel on March 23, 2018[1] and is aimed at a target audience of children from ages 3 to 8.[2] It is a reboot of the original 1984–1991 animated series of the same name.

Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies 2018 Logo.jpg
Genre
Based on
Developed byMr. Warburton
Chris Hamilton
Written by
Eric Shaw (Story Editor)
  • Robyn Brown (Story Editor)
  • Max Beaudry (Staff Writer)
  • Ghia Godfree (Staff Writer)
  • Francisco Paredes (Staff Writer)
Directed by
Voices of
Opening theme"Muppet Babies" Main Title Theme
by Renée Elise Goldsberry
Ending theme"Muppet Babies" Main Title Theme (instrumental)
Composer(s)Andy Bean
Keith Horn
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes41 (82 segments) + (24 shorts) + special (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Mr. Warburton
Chris Hamilton
Producer(s)Chris Hamilton (supervising producer)
Sunisa Petchpoo (line producer)
Kurt Weldon (line producer) (season 1)
Eric Shaw (co-producer) (season 1)
Matt Danner (co-producer)
Chris Moreno (co-producer)
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)The Muppets Studio
Odd Bot Animation
Snowball Studios
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkDisney Junior
Original releaseMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsMuppet Babies (original series)
External links
Website

The show retains several of the younger incarnations of the classic Muppet characters seen in the previous series, including Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy, Baby Fozzie, Baby Gonzo, and Baby Animal. The series also sees the second appearance of Nanny (now known as "Miss Nanny", short for "Nancette"), and the first appearance of a new Muppet Babies member named Summer Penguin.[1]

On September 7, 2018, it was renewed for a second season which premiered 11 months later on August 9, 2019.[3]

On July 25, 2019, it was renewed for a third season.[4]

PlotEdit

The show details Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, and Summer Penguin and a cast of characters using their imaginations.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
14020March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)May 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
24422August 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)August 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)
SpecialAugust 3, 2018 (2018-08-03)
3TBATBATBA (TBA)TBA (TBA)

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Kermit (voiced by Matt Danner) – A frog who enjoys acting out adventure. He also plays the banjo.
  • Piggy (voiced by Melanie Harrison[5]) – A pig who considers herself a star and has a crush on Kermit. She mostly speaks in a high-pitched voice but would at times greatly deepen when she gets passionate or angry.
  • Fozzie (voiced by Eric Bauza[5]) – A bear who loves to tell jokes. He is also best friends with Kermit.
  • Gonzo (voiced by Benjamin Diskin[5]) – A "whatever" who has eccentric ideas and loves to do stunts. He also makes a lot of friends in different episodes. He is often seen holding a potato.
  • Animal (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker[5]) – A frenzied monster who likes playing the drums.
  • Summer (voiced by Jessica DiCicco) – A purple penguin from the South Pole who loves to make art. She also has a kind heart.[1]
  • Miss Nanny (voiced by Jenny Slate[5][6]) – The caretaker of the Muppet Babies who is only seen from the shoulders down. The pattern on her stockings changes to reflect relevant elements in the episode plot. Miss Nanny won a gold medal in a gymnastics discipline at the Sport-A-Thon.
  • Camilla (voiced by Melanie Harrison) – A white chick and Gonzo's best friend who is involved with the Muppet Babies' activities.
    • Priscilla – One of Camilla's fellow chicks who is yellow.
    • Beep – One of Camilla's fellow chicks who is brown and makes the sound of a car horn instead of clucking.
  • Ronny – A car that Miss Nanny drives to take the Muppet Babies anywhere introduced.

Other MuppetsEdit

  • Mr. Statler and Mr. Waldorf (voiced by Eric Bauza and Matt Danner respectively) – The neighbors of Miss Nanny who often comment about the Muppet Babies' activities from the balcony of their home.
  • Rizzo (voiced by Benjamin Diskin) – A rat who lives in the mouse hole in the Muppet Babies' playroom.
  • Bunsen (voiced by Eric Bauza) – A young aspiring scientist.
  • Beaker (voiced by Matt Danner) – Bunsen’s assistant.
  • Dr. Teeth (performed by Bill Barretta) – The band leader of the Electric Mayhem. He appeared in a live-action transmission in "Muppet Rock" where he saw Animal perform backstage and is interested in having him join the Electric Mayhem. Animal turns him down for now as he needs to continue practicing.
  • Rowlf (voiced by Matt Danner) – A dog who plays the piano.
  • Sweetums (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) – An ogre who lives next door to the babies' daycare.
  • Chef (voiced by Matt Danner) – A mock Swedish-speaking cooking prodigy.
  • Robin (voiced by Eric Bauza) – A small polliwog who is Kermit's nephew. He has a tail due to being in his tadpole state.
  • Scooter (voiced by Ogie Banks) – A kid who wears a green and yellow track jacket.
  • Skeeter (voiced by Cree Summer) – Scooter's athletic twin sister who wears a sports-inspired purple jacket, a baseball-shaped watch, and pig tails.

ProductionEdit

Unlike the previous series, the update is produced using computer-generated animation and features two 11-minute stories per episode. The series is aimed at children between the ages of four and seven.[7]

Tom Warburton, best known for creating Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door, is the executive producer and Eric Shaw, former writer on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, is the story editor and co-producer.[8] The show is a co-production between Disney Junior, Odd Bot Animation, Snowball Studios and The Muppets Studio.

ReleaseEdit

The series premiered on Disney Junior on March 23, 2018 in the United States, the following day in Canada, and in Mexico on June 10.[2]

RatingsEdit

Viewership and ratings per season of Muppet Babies
Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49
rank
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 19 March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23) 0.89[9] May 3, 2019 (2019-05-03) 0.45 0.74 TBD

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Muppet Babies Nominated
2019 TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Muppet Babies Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Preschool Animated Children's Series Tom Warburton
Eric Shaw
Joe Sichta
Chris Hamilton
Sarah Finn
Kurt Weldon
Nominated
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Jennifer Trujillo Nominated
Outstanding Performer in a Preschool Animated Program Eric Bauza Nominated
Ben Diskin Won
2020
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Format Children’s Program: Muppet Babies: Play Date Tom Warburton
Matt Danner
Andy Bean
Nominated
Outstanding Performer in a Preschool Animated Program Eric Bauza Nominated
Matt Danner Won
Outstanding Directing for a Preschool Animated Program Matt Danner
Guy Moore
Collette Sunderman
Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Schwartz, Dana (January 25, 2018). "Meet the new Muppet Baby! A first look at Summer the penguin". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ a b Flaherty, Keely (January 25, 2018). "The Muppet Babies Are Returning To TV With A Brand New Muppet". Buzzfeed.
  3. ^ "'Muppet Babies,' 'Vampirina,' 'Puppy Dog Pals' Renewed at Disney Junior (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved Jan 10, 2020.
  4. ^ "Disney Junior Orders Third Season of Hit Emmy Award-Nominated Series "Muppet Babies"". The Futon Critic. July 25, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Jenny Slate To Voice Iconic Role Of Miss Nanny In Disney's 'Muppet Babies' Revival". Deadline.com. February 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Swift, Andy (6 February 2018). "Muppet Babies Reboot: Jenny Slate to Voice the Iconic, Faceless 'Miss Nanny'".
  7. ^ "A Brand New Muppet Babies is On the Way". OhMyDisney.com. October 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Holloway, Daniel (October 26, 2016). "'Muppet Babies' Reboot Begins Production at Disney Junior". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals and Network Finals: 3.23.2018". Showbuzz Daily. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.

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