Disney Junior has announced the production of its upcoming series, “Muppet Babies.” The new project will be a remake of the original series, which aired from 1984 to 1991. The company said it would be premiered in early 2018.
The series will have two episodes of 11 minutes each per day and will show the adventures of the main characters from the “Muppets,” such as Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear, all of them as babies.
The target of the series is expected to be children from ages between 4 and 7, but also, both Muppets Studio and Disney hope to make parents nostalgic and captivate them with this new version of the show.
The original Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies was an animated series created by the puppeteer, Jim Henson. It had eight seasons and 107 episodes of 30 minutes each. The series first aired on CBS on September 15, 1984, to November 2, 1991.
The series shows the characters as babies in a nursery, enjoying adventures and how they manage to get out of trouble, while under the care of a human woman named Nanny.
The success of the Muppets
The Muppets were created by Henson, and they first debuted in Sam and Friends TV show back in 1955.
After their success of the debut, they continued appearing on several TV shows and commercials during the 60’s. By 1969, the famous puppets show, Sesame Street, was created and the Muppets appeared there, becoming an international success.
The Muppets Show first aired in 1976 where characters such as Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear were introduced. During the firts five years of the show on the air, they were nominated 21 times and won 4 Emmy Awards.
Their first film came in 1979, The Muppets Movie, which portrayed the road of the characters to their acting career and the struggles they had to face to get to Hollywood.
The successful films The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan, made them have four nominations in the Academy Awards in the early 80’s.
After 30 years, in 2011, the Muppets had a new film named “The Muppets,” but this time it was produced by Disney. Its purpose was to bring back again the Muppets to the spotlight and to gain success in a new generation of kids. Because of the success of the movie, the Muppets got a star on the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
In 2012, Disney announced a sequel to the film due to the great reception it had and “Muppets Most Wanted,” the part-two of the 2011 film, was finally released in 2014.
Source: E! Entertainment