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TV nowadays is in an era of sequels, reboots, and revivals, with all the major networks giving old series a second try. Now, cable network Disney Junior is jumping on the reboot bandwagon with an updated version of a classic cartoon. Muppet Babies is returning to the small screen, more than 25 years after it came to an end back in 1991. Kids who grew up watching the original may now have children of their own ready and waiting for adorable adventures of baby Muppets.
The Muppet Babies reboot will look pretty different from the original, which ran for 107 episodes over eight seasons from 1984 - 1991. Instead of the mini Muppets coming to life via classical animation, they'll be completely computer-generated. Each episode will be comprised of two stories of eleven minutes each, according to TVLine. The Muppet babies will use their imaginations to create incredible adventures for themselves. The odds are pretty good that the reboot will bring back the Nanny and her iconic striped socks to keep an eye on the kids. Adult supervision probably won't stop the shenanigans in the 21st century any more than it did the first time around.
Unfortunately, it'll still be a while before Muppet Babies returns to the airwaves with new episodes. The reboot won't debut until early 2018, so we have more than a year before we can hope to see computer-generated versions of the young versions of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the others. Take a look at the original opening credits for an animated blast from the past!
Muppet Babies is the second Muppet series to get another chance at TV in recent years. ABC launched a primetime version of The Muppets in 2015 that added an adult flair to some of the traditionally kid-friendly shenanigans. The show started off well, but trouble behind the scenes and falling ratings resulted in a cancellation rather than a renewal for Season 2. Given the differences in networks and target audiences between the Muppets show on ABC and the Muppet Babies show on Disney Junior, we probably don't have to worry that the new series will encounter the same problems.