Oh yes, you read that right. Twenty-seven years after it went off the air, everyone’s second favorite baby-focused cartoon, Muppet Babies, is coming back to your TV screens. But unlike the original, where Miss Nanny was Leave It To Beaver (and known jive speaker) Barbara Billingsly, the 2018 iteration will feature comedienne and Parks & Recreation actress Jenny Slate pulling on the iconic tights for Disney Junior’s revival of the popular program.
The original series ran from 1984-1991 as a cornerstone of CBS’s Saturday morning lineup. Inspired by the runaway success of a short fantasy sequence of baby Muppets from Muppets Take Manhatten, Muppet Babies drew on the vast imaginations of the titular babies to drive the show’s stories. The success of the show led to a legion of copycat “baby” versions of successful franchises like A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Jungle Cubs. In its seven years of production, it won four straight Daytime Emmys, a Humanitas Prize in 1985, and ran for eight more years on Nickelodeon in syndication.
The new show will feature Slate’s Miss Nanny in a more diverse set of tights than in the original program. Much like Miss Frizzle’s dresses on The Magic Schoolbus, Miss Nanny’s socks will foreshadow the theme of each episode. The remake will also feature Eric Bauza (Star vs. the Forces of Evil) as Baby Fozzy, Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Baby Animal, and Jessica DiCicco (Loud House) as the new Muppet Summer Penguin.
Muppet Babies is being executive produced by Tom Warburton, creator of Codename: Kid’s Next Door, and story edited by Spongebob Squarepants vet Eric Shaw. It will debut in March 2018.