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Disney begins production on new 'Muppet Babies' series

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Wed, Oct 26th 2016 03:50 pm
`Muppet Babies` Fozzie Bear, Kermit the Frog and Piggy. (Disney photo)
"Muppet Babies" Fozzie Bear, Kermit the Frog and Piggy. (Disney photo)

Slated to debut in early 2018

Disney has begun production on a reimagined "Muppet Babies" television series, which chronicles the playroom antics of the beloved Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and Miss Nanny. A co-production between Disney Junior, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media's (DCPI) Content & Media group, and The Muppets Studio, the CG-animated series is slated to debut on Disney Junior in early 2018.

Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, original programming/general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said, "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."

Geared toward kids 4-7, 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 harnessing the power and potential of imaginative play.

DCPI Content & Media and The Muppets Studio recognized the nostalgia, fandom and demand for Muppet Babies by tapping into insights gleaned from their digital and social media channels and, together, they set the creative direction for the new series.

"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.

For over 60 years, the Muppets have entertained audiences of all ages with their unique blend of heart and humor. The creation of the late visionary Jim Henson, the Muppets are among the world's most recognized and beloved characters. Since joining The Walt Disney Company in 2004, the Muppets have starred in award-winning feature films, television specials and movies, music videos and, most recently, the ABC primetime series "The Muppets." In addition, they have made hundreds of high-profile appearances, have their own attractions at Walt Disney World and are featured in a wide array of Muppet merchandise.

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