Though ABC’s reboot of “The Muppet Show” was quickly cancelled after ratings issues, Disney Junior is hoping for better luck with a reimagining of another Muppets property: “Muppet Babies.” Disney will re-introduce the cartoon as a CG-animated series for children in 2018.
The original “Muppet Babies” ran on CBS from 1984 to 1991. It was a hand-drawn, animated series that, as the title suggests, featured baby versions of classic Muppets like Miss Piggy, Kermit and Fozzie Bear. Disney Junior’s reboot will target the same demographic as the original, aiming at children ages 4-7, and each episode will consist of two 11-minute adventures.
Tom Warburton, creator of Cartoon Network’s “Codename: Kids Next Door,” will serve as executive producer. Eric Shaw, who previously wrote for series like “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “WordGirl,” will serve as story editor.
“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. “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.”