No, it’s not make believe. A brand new “Muppet Babies” TV series is on the way.
Disney has begun production on its new take on the 1980s animated show that followed the nursery room adventures of pint-sized Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and more. And yes, Nanny will also be back, but it is unknown if the CG-animated reboot will update her classic striped socks.
“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 and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide in a press release. “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.”
The new series will be geared towards kids 4-7 with each episode featuring two 11-minute stories of the Muppet babies closing their eyes to take their adventures anywhere. And while kids are the target audience, the hope is that the new show will appeal to fans of the original.
“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,” said Muppet Studio vice president Debbie McClellan.
The new “Muppet Babies” is a co-production between Disney Junior, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media’s Content & Media group and the Muppets Studio.
“The 7D’s” Tom Warburton will serve as executive producer and “SpongeBob SquarePants” alum Eric Shaw will be story editor.
The new “Muppet Babies” is slated for a 2018 debut on Disney Junior.