Disney’s 2015 attempt to bring The Muppets back to television resulted in an ABC series that was cancelled after just one season. However, plans have been in the works for more Muppets mayhem with a Muppet Babies reboot series, recalling the juicy 1980s member berries of one their most successful iterations; specifically, one containing animated diapers and a faceless nanny with an affinity for striped leggings.
While news about the Muppet Babies reboot series has been sparse in the 16 months since its initial announcement, its promotional movement has apparently commenced, evidenced by the reveal of its theme song. Now, Renée Elise Goldsberry, an actress and singer, reveals her work on the Muppet Babies reboot series theme song in a video from TV Line.
Goldsberry, whose role in Broadway’s Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler yielded her prestigious Tony and Grammy awards, recently did voice work for a January episode of Disney Junior animated series The Lion Guard. Yet, she’s recognizable in live-action form from the recently released Netflix sci-fi series, Altered Carbon. She’s also fielded runs on The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, The Following, Ally McBeal and even had a guest role on Star Trek: Enterprise.
For the sake of comparison, here’s the original Muppet Babies opening, which amongst an array of imaginary tropes, depicts Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter chasing a plane-piloting Gonzo in space (showcasing a pre-Lucasfilm acquisition Disney/Star Wars connection in the Disney-distributed original series).
Back in late October 2016, Disney Junior, a cable channel aimed at younger children, announced that the one and only Muppet Babies would get a reboot series treatment. While the original 1980s CBS Saturday morning standard featured conventionally drawn animation, the upcoming reboot will instead manifest as a CGI-based series (as seen in the top image,) structuring each episode into two 11-minute stories. Per the Disney Junior branding, the new Muppet Babies will be aimed at children ages 4-7.
Serving as executive producers on the Muppet Babies reboot is the duo of Tom Warburton (The 7D and Codename: Kids Next Door) and Eric Shaw (WorldGirl, SpongeBob SquarePants). They adapt a spinoff idea that was first conceived in the 1984 movie The Muppets Take Manhattan, which featured a comical flashback sequence of Muppets Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, Rowlf, Scooter and Animal as chaos-causing infants in a shared nursery. That, of course, led to the tremendously successful merchandise-spewing 1984-1991 animated series based off the late Jim Henson’s fuzzy puppets.
Muppet Babies was targeting an early 2018 debut on Disney Junior, though a premiere date has not been set. While its identified audience are borderline toddlers, the series could also manage to corral nostalgia-driven adults who associate the branding with happy memories.