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Official: Disney announces Muppet Babies return in 2018

Discussion in 'Muppet Babies' started by Phillip, Oct 26, 2016.

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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here's the official news...


    Fans of all things Muppet, get ready to rejoice: Disney has just begun production on a brand-new, “reimagined” Muppet Babies! The CG-animated series—which will chronicle the playroom antics of the beloved Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, and more—is slated to debut on Disney Junior in early 2018.

    Geared towards kids ages 4 through 7, each episode will feature 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 using the power of imaginative (and it being the Muppets, hilarious) play.

    Stay tuned for more info on Disney Junior’s new Muppet Babies as it becomes available!

  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I love the designs for this - the texture makes them look like actual puppets . . . makes me wonder how their mouths will be animated? Will they move like puppet mouths do, or will their mouth movements match their syllables?
  3. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    So any word on Scooter, Rowlf and the others?
  4. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I really like their new designs, especially how they look like foam and fleece puppets. A bit disappointed they aren't going the Lion Guard route and making them 2D, but there's still room for art shifts and medium blending in their imaginations, like the episode where they tried to make their own cartoons.

    The nursery also has a nice look to it, looking more like something in a daycare center like I hoped for, rather than an actual child's bedroom. And I do like Piggy's new dress, going from a frou-frou Shirley Temple design to more of a 1950s poodle skirt, what with the star patterns and all.

    Still worried about Scooter and Rowlf getting the boot, though also no mention of their new lamb character Bobbi Baba who may very well be Skeeter's replacement, so it's still pretty early to tell.
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  5. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    True, and the article does say "Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal- AND MORE"; So maybe they're just simply listing the most popular characters and not all the characters that'll be there. So i'm sure Rowlf and Scooter will show up - at least as recurring characters. Also, I totally forgot Bunsen and Beaker were on the original show, hopefully they'll make appearances as well.

    But keep in mind, most preschool shows these days don't have more than around six main characters, so I would understand if Disney decided to just keep the cast down to the most marketable Muppets.
  6. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    This is great!
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  7. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Kind of unexpected news, but so far it looks good! I'm not particularly desiring a new version of Muppet Babies, but hopefully this will be a good, fun series for kids to watch. And beyond that, I'm mainly hoping this will spur interest to release DVD sets of the classic '80s Muppet Babies cartoon.:):o:concern::mad:;):sympathy::halo::confused::eek::flirt::sleep::boo:
    (Trying to represent all the Muppets who appeared on the cartoon there- also, there are Robin, Camilla and Bean Bunny.)
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  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It's been speculated for the last couple of weeks or so.
  9. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Okay- well, unexpected news to me then. I haven't been keeping up on Muppets happenings for a while- this is the first time I've posted on the message board here in a long while.... I haven't forgotten it, but I will readily admit I'm rather sporadic in posting..... too much of that pesky "real life" stuff that gets in the way- lol.:laugh:
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  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Darn "real life," lol.
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  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's funny that about 10+ years ago, we were speculating that a new Muppet Babies would be CGI, and everyone complaining about it as if 2-D animation is any different.

    What can I say but, I totally wanted them to do this ever since word caught on of The Muppets being canned. If Muppets are going to have to live on the merits of nostalgia and 'Member berries for a while, that's unfortunate but can be accomplished. Disney's no longer building up the brand, there's room for Muppet Babies now. Maybe even could see some success with this as most of their preschool shows manage to do well (though it's a shame about the 7D). We could see MB merchandise as close as a couple months after the premiere.

    The description sounds like one I'd want to see for a Muppet Babies revival. As long as they get the writing down well, I'm all for it. I wonder who's going to be the voices of these characters. If they're going with traditional voice actors or they're actually getting the puppeteers to voice the characters they perform or what.
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  12. ToonGeek

    ToonGeek Well-Known Member

    While I didn't watch the original Muppet Babies when I was younger (I happened to have a fear of puppets and while Muppet Babies was animated, I was afraid of everything that involved Jim Henson's works when I was younger (how times change), though managed to stop being afraid of them back in 2011. I do like watching it online and happened to now be a fan of the original show, while I'm gonna miss the 2D animation from the original, I love the new CGI animation and how they look more like puppets (with the fleece and foam and stuff), I'm hoping they're mouths will more like the muppet way, but I wouldn't mind if they did move like regular cartoon mouths.
  13. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I wonder if MB will be able to use footage from Marvel movies? That would be super awesome. :)

    Also, with technology the way it is now, we could see a more seamless integration of the animated and live-action elements. It always was a little iffy back then, but forgivable as the producers were working on a TV budget with 1984 tech.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Whatever that can be said about the Sesame Street segment Abby's Flying Fairy School, I really think they were able to get a great blend of CGI cartoon and keeping the characters puppet like enough that it wasn't too much of a difference in style. If we could get something similar to that, we should be all set.

    Digital animation has made what Muppet Babies was innovative at extremely easy and common place. Look at Giant Realistic Flying Tiger, for example. That would have been a logistics nightmare back in the ink and paint cel days.
  15. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    i sure hope that scooter and rowlf are in it, I'm so glad that they are making this.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I can see why they want a smaller, limited cast and all. But come on. Baby Rowlf needs to be in this. And we can totally have Baby Scooter in there to. I needn't put up the "I'm always gonna Love You" clip from MTM, we know they pre-existed the cartoon.

    I really hope there's ample opportunity to have the main characters meet toddler versions of other Muppets, even if they're one shots. Like Janice in that one episode. Just no Baby Bean Bunny. The writers really didn't get the character. And in no way should he have sounded deeper as a Baby than he does at whatever age he was.
  17. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    Well, Bobbi herself is six, that's well past toddler, right?
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's grade school age - at least Grade 1.
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I've never understood why they're called "Babies" when they're clearly old enough to walk around and speak coherently. Some of them are in diapers, sure, but they seem to be old enough to not need them in a little bit. I dunno. Muppet Babies loses all its logic if you think hard enough about it. Best not to dwell too hard on it. I doubt that the Muppet characters were in a year's age difference back then. I mean, Baby Kermit already had a nephew at let's just say age 3. By that logic, sure, nephew by the definition, but they'd be roughly the same age, not a 20 something-40 year something old character with a 6 year old.

    Just...when it comes to Muppet Babies don't think too much about it. You don't want to go down the rabbit hole and realize how negligent Nanny is for leaving the room that many times an episode instead of watching them.
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  20. 123Sunny

    123Sunny Well-Known Member

    I am soooo ready!!! I love the new look of them, very puppety and I am super excited to see if Bobbi is going to be in it. Eee I am just so excited!! :):)

    Is Muppet Babies meant to be canon though? The first movie is meant to show how they meant as adults, and Muppet Babies came from Miss Piggy's imaginings of what it would be like IF they had met sooner?

    This is great I am soo happy!!!!
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