Muppet Babies

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Darling reboot shows kids delights of imaginative play.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

The series inspires an appreciation for imaginative play more than it aims to teach kids anything specific. The characters' adventures do expose viewers to interpretations of places and times like outer space and the medieval era, though.

 

Positive Messages

The Muppet Babies show kids that imagination can take them anywhere, even within the confines of their playroom. As the characters assume different identities to make their make-believe come alive, they practice constructive problem-solving skills and help each other deal with their fears. Friendship and teamwork are standout themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Muppet Babies have big imaginations that help them explore the bigger world, challenging them to work together, solve problems, and think creatively. Some dominant character traits can cause trouble at times, such as Miss Piggy's bossiness and Animal's lack of self-control, but as a group the friends find ways to cope with them as well. Miss Nanny appears only in the playroom scenes, but she's a gentle guide and source of encouragement for their imaginative play.

 

Violence & Scariness

Some of the characters' adventures involve mild scares and monsters of sorts, which always turn out to be less scary when their true identities are revealed.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The series is a reboot of the classic cartoon of the same name, and versions of most of the characters appear in other Jim Henson productions.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Muppet Babies is a reboot of the 1980s classic Jim Henson cartoon of the same name and features toddler versions of several famous Muppet characters. The stories take place in the Babies' playroom, which yields to their imaginations and provides the setting for adventures in far-off places and times. As the Babies immerse themselves in their make-believe, they're confronted with small problems that they must overcome using creative thinking skills. Friendship and teamwork are also common themes, helping the characters to resolve small squabbles along the way. Lively music and fun adventures make this reboot a fun pick for kids and parents.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant year old Written byHolly R. June 13, 2018

Delightful Reboot

This is one of those rare modern reboots that is actually really good. While it doesn't really improve the original one other than giving Gonzo a much bett... Continue reading
Adult Written byChrisdcd September 13, 2018

Good remake

My 20 month old is completely obsessed with this remake. He lives it. When he gets home from school each day it’s the first thing he starts asking about. Lol. A... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bynadia_the_gamer21 September 23, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byAlderaanianGirl June 5, 2018

Muppets of Fun!

Muppet Babies is a reboot of the original, however it stands by itself as a great show. Kids learn how to use their imaginations and how to deal with everyday p... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MUPPET BABIES, preschoolers Kermit (voiced by Matt Danner), Piggy (Melanie Harrison), Animal (Dee Bradley Baker), Gonzo (Ben Diskin), Fozzie (Eric Bauza), and Summer Penguin (Jessica Di Cicco) spend their days letting their imaginations take them to new and exciting places, all from the comforts of their playroom. With Miss Nanny's (Jenny Slate) encouragement, the tots use toys and costumes to inspire their adventures through time and space, solving problems and conquering fears as they play. As they make their dreams come true, they also learn what it means to be a friend through thick and thin.

Is it any good?

One of Jim Henson's most beloved productions gets a makeover in this darling CGI series that shows kids why make-believe is so much fun. With five familiar faces and one exuberant newcomer in Summer Penguin, Muppet Babies celebrates the limitless possibilities of letting imaginations run wild. Using their own curiosity and a toy or two as inspiration, these friends soon find themselves aboard ships, in outer space, in a dragon's lair, or in one of any number of exotic destinations, learning how to solve problems as a team along the way.

This delightful remake is a fun introduction for kids to the ubiquitous Jim Henson characters, especially for parents who grew up with fond memories of the original series. With some help, kids can identify how the Babies learn to solve problems and, in some cases, face their fears when they arise. Original songs and vibrant animation help sell this updated version that does its classic parent series proud.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about facing and solving problems. How does facing adversity help us to become stronger and more resilient? How does disappointment feel when things don't work out?

  • Kids: What are your favorite topics for imaginative play? How do certain toys or costumes help inspire make-believe? If you could go anywhere, where would it be? What would you like to see or experience there?

  • What character strengths do you see in the Muppet Babies? How does Animal's free spirit keep the mood light, or Fozzie's sense of humor help his friends see things from a different perspective? How do they all work together

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