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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.
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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?
- Premiere date: March 23, 2018
- Cast: Dee Bradley Baker, Eric Bauza, Jessica Di Cicco
- Network: Disney Junior
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship
- Character strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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