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Clockwise from top left: Fozzie Bear, Kermit, Gonzo, Rowlf, Animal, Skeeter, Scooter. In the center (with the book): Miss Piggy.
Muppet Babies (1984-1991) was one of the few well-received Spinoff Babies conversions, partially because it was one of the first. Spinning off from The Muppet Show, the show's premise was a takeoff from a sequence in The Muppets Take Manhattan involving baby-versions of the characters, itself later referred to in an amusing callback. It also naturally spawned a side franchise of children's books.

Aside from the original, and otherwise unseen Nanny character, it featured most of the big Muppet celebrities (Scooter's hitherto unknown sister Skeeter notwithstanding) discovering quite mundane things and approaching them in a precocious, childlike way — before completely blowing them out of proportion with their overactive imaginations. The Once an Episode random song and trademark gimmick of spliced Live Action Stock Footage (one of the main factors that has prevented it from getting an official DVD release) gave it a rather surreal quality, too. And despite being a Saturday morning spinoff, it managed to contain all the wit and intelligence of its predecessor. Some fans even prefer it to the original Muppet Show. It briefly gained a companion show in Little Muppet Monsters (running in an hour-long block as Muppets, Babies and Monsters), but that show was quickly cancelled for various reasons.


Later seasons would feature guest appearances from other Muppet characters, including fan favorites Statler and Waldorf. The Babies also had a memorable appearance in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. For the 2018 CGI reboot from Disney Junior, see Muppet Babies (2018).


  • Abandoned Mine: "Water Babies" begins with the kids pretending they are in such a mine (in reality, a series of cardboard boxes) looking for treasure.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: That was why Skeeter was made and put into the show. They didn't have too many female muppets besides Miss Piggy to work with.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Gonzo is hopelessly in love with Piggy. Saying the feelings aren't mutual is an understatement, as she thrashes him in return. See Mad Love below.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: In "Gonzo's Video Show", Nanny gives the Muppets an old home movie camera to play with. After arguing about what kind of movie to make, they settle on doing their own version of the original Star Wars.
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  • Animation Bump: The first three seasons were outsourced to Japan's Toei Animation (with the third season looking the best out of the three); the rest of the series at AKOM. The difference is that the animation for AKOM is that it has better animation, though cheaper than Japan, and slightly thinner outlines. The fifth season (1988) in particular stands out from the rest of the seasons AKOM did.
  • Apple For Teacher: "Fozzie's Last Laugh" begins with the babies playing school. Piggy plays the teacher, and Fozzie gives her an apple, which he hid a rubber worm in to prank her with. Fozzie finds this prank funny, but Piggy certainly doesn't.
  • Ascended Extra: Rowlf, Scooter and Animal. They were hardly nobodies on The Muppet Show or in the first three movies, but for many, it was this show that firmly put them into core character territory with Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie and Gonzo.
  • The Artifact: The end credits theme from Season 2 onwards is actually that of Muppets, Babies and Monsters, the very short-lived pairing of Muppet Babies and Little Muppet Monsters. The castanets and trumpet solo at the end also come from that.
  • Art Shift: In most cases when we visit Animal's imagination, the artwork becomes very childish.
  • Banana Peel: A major plot point in the episode "Slipping Beauty." See Fractured Fairy Tale below.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: "Don't wish for elephants unless you own a zoo/ 'cause wishes have a way of coming true!"
  • Big Eater: Piggy, being well, a pig and all. One time, when the gang wanted some cupcakes but they were all gone, Piggy demanded to know what happened to the rest of the cupcake with Nanny answered promptly to her, "You ate the last three."...much to Piggy blushing.
    • Animal even more so, and in his case, he can (and does) eat almost ANYTHING.
  • Brainy Baby: Bunsen is the same brilliant inventor he's always been, only smaller.
    • Also, Scooter, being the little computer whiz he is.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: From the episode "Good Clean Fun"
    Animal: Go bye bye!
    Piggy: No, Animal, the show's not over yet!
    Animal: Sorry.
    Piggy: It's ok.
    • At the end of The Case of the Missing Chicken, Kermit tells the audience not to worry about Gonzo; he'll be okay by next week.
    • In the third act of The Next Generation, the episode's writer is shamelessly and hilariously asking for more money!
    Piggy: I don't know who's writing this, but give him a big bonus!
  • Burping Contest: Animal holds this with rocks and some others in "Journey To The Center Of The Nursery".
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Most of the go bye bye skits feature Animal playing some cruel prank on Gonzo and sending him flying Team Rocket-style.
    • Whenever Fozzie tells a joke, he's lucky if the worst reception he gets is mere booing.
    • Beaker, even as a baby, is still often the unfortunate guinea pig for Bunsen's inventions. The most prominent example being the anti-nightmare device in "I Want My Muppet TV"
  • Canon Foreigner: Skeeter, though an adult version of her has made appearances in The Muppet Show Comic Book, so (depending on how much you're willing to take the comics or even that storyline as canon), she may be verging into Canon Immigrant territory.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • Anytime Fozzie tells a joke, he says "Give up?" before the punchline. The rest of the babies yell "Fozzie!" when his joke sucks. He also says "I knew that" after someone corrects him.
    • Kermit says "Sheesh" when frustrated.
    • Piggy says "Yippee skippee!" when she's excited.
      • And like her adult counterpart, usually referred to herself as "Moi."
    • Rowlf when excited says "Far out!"
    • Animal's favorite expression is a grotesque "Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah!"
    • Everytime Piggy abuses Gonzo in some way, he says, lovestruck, "Ooo-hoo! She touched/grabbed/squeezed my nose! She must be in love/into me/proposing marriage/etc.!"
  • The Cameo: Tom Selleck (in live action!) as a lovestruck fan of Piggy. It may have helped that both this and Magnum, P.I. were on CBS.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: In "The Transcontinental Whoo whoo", while Statler and Waldorf are telling the kids about railroad trains, Bean Bunny says, "This is confusing. Which direction is the bathroom?" And his friends tell him.
  • Cat Fight: Piggy and Skeeter at least 3 times. For someone so young, Piggy sure can be vicious...
  • Character Focus: While Gonzo was always a major character in the Muppet franchise, this show really gives him a lot of this, with numerous A Day in the Limelight episodes and prominent B-plots in others.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the beginning of the episode "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dark?," the kids play with Scooter’s computer pen with a glowing tip. By the end of the episode, it is used by Beaker to ward off and defeat a slime monster (a representation of his fear of the dark).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Piggy for Kermit. Like in The Muppet Show and the movies and...pretty much any Muppet franchise, don't you dare try to come between Piggy and her Kermie. There were times when Skeeter tried to do that, though it may have been just to mess with Piggy.
  • Companion Cube: Camilla exists in this series as a stuffed chick owned by Gonzo, who dotes on her almost as much as in regular continuity.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Fozzie Bear suffers this greatly, not only from his friends but also from his imaginary audiences when they boo and throw tomatoes at him for every joke he tells to them, good or bad.
  • Continuity Snarl: Only if you consider the Fridge Logic: when is this show taking place anyway? Let's not even get started on the later season that introduced Baby Bean Bunny; Bean's a young kid in the normal Muppets! Or that fact that this was all just Piggy's dream sequence in the third film, but actual backstory in A Muppet Family Christmas, but that would contradict The Muppet Movie ....yup, this is a galaxy-sized snarl. It's somewhat justified, however, by the very nature of The Muppets. In pretty much every continuity they're entertainers, so any works that don't square with others can be called Mutually Fictional. Even The Muppet Movie included a throw-away line indicating that liberties had been taken with the "real" events.
  • Cool Old Guys: Statler and Waldorf had much softer personalities in this series.
  • Cosmetically Advanced Prequel:
    • While The Muppet Show was set in the 1970s (the time it was airing) this show has baby Scooter with a personal computer.
    • Interestingly, a proposed prequel animated series (which was ultimately scrapped) would have shown the Muppets as teenagers in The '50s, even though (as The Muppets Take Manhattan makes clear) they graduated from college in the early '80s.
  • Couch Gag / Every Episode Ending: Animal's "Go bye-bye!" stinger occurs in different settings and styles, based on the theme of the episode.
  • Cowardly Lion: Fozzie fits this bill, as he is shown to be quite fearful of different things.
  • Cute Bruiser: Piggy. She's an adorable little piglet, but she has a bad temper and could possibly kick anyone's butt."HI-YAH!"
  • Derailed Fairy Tale: "Snow White and the Seven Muppets" becomes one when Piggy, who was playing the Evil Queen against her will, realizes that Kermit (Prince Charming) will be kissing Skeeter-as-Snow-White awake, so she starts (via narration) bringing in antagonists from other fairy tales to interrupt the final scene.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Piggy on Gonzo. When Gonzo accidentally annoys her or ticks her off or when he shows romantic feelings to her, she'll thrash him or throw him across the room.
  • Dream Episode: In "Elm Street Babies", the babies have strange dreams, so they wake up in the middle of the night and tell each other what happened in them. Kermit's dream involves the babies in the Wild West and him getting into a showdown with Gonzo, Rowlf's dream involves him turning into a "wereboy" at a dog prom, Gonzo's dream is a spoof of Leave It to Beaver, and Fozzie's dream is a spoof of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first two episodes, Fozzie, Gonzo and Rowlf have deeper voices and sound closer to their adult selves. (Fozzie in particular sounds very much like he did in the first season of The Muppet Show.) The episode title music is also different.
  • Everybody Cries: In "Raiders of the Lost Muppet", all the young muppets are in tears when they can't find Animal in a game of hide and seek.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Animal. If its edible he'll eat it, if its NOT edible he'll eat it, if its something in between he'll also eat that, If its something in NONE of those three categories he'll eat that too.
  • The Faceless: Nanny. You never see anything about her shoulders, but she has very distinctive socks at least.
    • And all non-Muppet adults in the babies' fantasy sequences, although an adult's face is seen briefly from time to time.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother:
  • Fiery Redhead: Skeeter is full of energy and spirit, and loves to have adventures. She's tomboyish, loves sports and ends up clashing with Piggy.
  • First Day of School Episode: Two books based on the series, "I Can Go to Preschool" and "Baby Piggy Goes to Nursery School", focus on Kermit and Piggy's first days of preschool, respectively.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Several times throughout the series. For example, in "Slipping Beauty" instead pricking her finger to fall into a deep sleep as in 'Sleeping Beauty', Piggy as the sleeping princess, slips onto a banana peel, falls and then goes into a deep sleep. Slipping Beauty.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel:
    • "The Great Cookie Robbery" had this happen with Baby Gonzo, when Nanny trusts him to share with the rest of the babies to tide them over before lunch. The angel Gonzo says that he should indeed share them, while the devil Gonzo (decked out in a leather biker outfit) says that he should keep them all to himself and not tell the other babies.
    • In "The Frog Who Knew Too Much", Kermit witnesses a surprise Nanny had planned for the babies, and Nanny makes him promise not to tell. When the other babies find out, they want to know what it is, so the devil Kermit suggests that he tell. Kermit is about to do so, when the angel Kermit reminds him that he made a promise to Nanny, and that promises are meant to be kept. This gets the devil Kermit to realize that the angel Kermit does have a point.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Piggy: "Oh Kermie! Take me! I'm yours!"
    • Not to mention Gonzo's nose fetish and his line when Piggy takes him into the closet, "Be gentle with me."
    • In "Romancing the Weirdo" Gonzo starts telling Nanny a story. He begins with the phrase "It was a hot and steamy night."
    • The episode "Babes in Troyland" somehow got away with showing footage from Flesh Gordon, a sexploitation film.
  • Growling Gut: It happens to nearly everyone (except for Gonzo) in "The Great Cookie Robbery". Nanny was late with making lunch, and she gave Gonzo the task of passing out cookies to tide everyone over until she could get it ready, but he ended up eating them for himself. At one point, Piggy snaps at Rowlf, thinking he's growling at her, only for him to say it's his stomach.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: Many episodes seem to start this way. The kids are usually involved in some sort of gang or group fantasy, until a little later, something arises (usually started by Nanny) that completely changes the focus of the episode. Such examples include...
    • "Dental Hijinks" starts with the babies pretending they are in a big auto race, until they crash, giving Fozzie a loose tooth and triggering the episode's main plot.
    • "Eight Take Away One Equals Panic" begins with the babies pretending they are flying on an airliner plane, until they overhear Nanny on the phone and think she's planning on getting rid of one of them. (She was on the phone with a charity and actually looking at getting rid of an old chair from the nursery but was having trouble deciding which one; naturally, with the babies only hearing part of her end of the conversation ... .)/spoiler
    • "Close Encounters of the Frog Kind" begins with the babies acting out a bank robbery and showdown in The Wild West (with Gonzo as "the Lone Weirdo"), until Nanny comes in with Kermit's baby nephew Robin, changing the focus of the story altogether.
    • "Gonzo's Video Show" starts with the babies pretending they are enjoying a day out at the beach, until Nanny arrives and lets them borrow her video camera she rented to make some fun videos with it.
    • "Piggy's Hyper-Activity Book" begins with the kids spending a rainy day trying to build a house out of cardboard boxes until it collapses, and then the babies decide to play with an activity book, thus getting the main plot underway.
    • "Fozzie's Last Laugh" begins with the babies playing "school," with Piggy as the teacher. When she gives Fozzie an "F" for all his bad jokes, Fozzie decides to give up comedy, which turns out to be the main plot.
    • "The Muppet Broadcasting Company" opens with the babies trying a domino setup, until it leads to an argument. Then a sudden thunderstorm knocks out the power and Gonzo thinks it's an alien invasion. When the babies complain they can't do anything without electricity, Nanny recommends they listen to some classic radio shows she saved on tape cassettes, which gets the main plot underway.
    • "Bad Luck Bear" starts with the babies in the bathtub pretending they are whale-hunting (with Gonzo as the whale), until Fozzie breaks a mirror and everyone believes he has bad luck.
    • "Water Babies" begins with the babies pretending they are in a mine tunnel (actually a series of cardboard boxes) looking for treasure, until Nanny comes in with an aquarium of fish.
    • "Where No Muppet Has Gone Before" begins with the babies reenacting Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific, until Nanny comes in with Baby Bunsen and Beaker, who have come over to spend the night. Bunsen then begins teaching the babies about space, getting the main plot going.
    • "Beach Blanket Babies" begins with the babies playing an impromptu game of mini-golf, until Nanny comes in with new bathing suits for them and a small wading pool.
  • Handcuffed Briefcase: One of their Imagine Spots had Kermit as a secret agent trying to transport a briefcase like this, and the others being enemy agents trying to steal it in one of those mystery on the train scenarios. Their attempts to steal it got pretty blatant, up to Gonzo trying to hide it under his hat while it was still cuffed to Kermit's wrist!
  • Hair-Trigger Sound Effect: In "The Muppet Broadcasting Company," Gonzo played The Weirdo in one of the kids' radio shows, and every time his name was mentioned, Rowlf played a Musical Sting on the piano. Eventually, Gonzo got tired of it and asked Rowlf to knock it off.
  • Hidden Depths: Piggy always cast herself as the Distressed Damsel Princess Classic in their make-believe adventures, only to usually end up saying something like, "Gimme that stupid sword!"
  • Honorary Uncle: Statler and Waldorf are this to the babies.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Piggy: I'm not playing any wicked queen! Why... I haven't got a DROP of wicked in me!!!
    • Gonzo makes fun of Fozzie for sleeping with a teddy bear, but stops when Fozzie pulls Camilla out from behind his back.
  • "I Am" Song in the full version of the Opening Theme:
  • I Just Want to Be Special:
    • One episode dealt with Scooter feeling like his computer abilities were nothing compared to the other kids' areas of expertise. Oh, if only he'd been born later...
    • In one episode, the babies try to figure out how to relate with Gonzo better by finding ways where they are really weird too. It worked too well, and Gonzo wound up coming to the conclusion that he wasn't really weird and if he wasn't a 'weirdo', then he wasn't anything at all. Of course, for the Muppet Babies version of Gonzo, being labeled "weird" was always a point of pride.
  • "I Want" Song: "The Biggest Little Pig In Hollywood" in the episode "This Little Piggy Went To Hollywood".
  • Irony: In "The Muppet Museum of Art", Skeeter slips on Gonzo's roller skate and twists her ankle, forcing Nanny to cancel a trip to an art museum to take care of her, and Gonzo has a guilt trip over ruining the trip they were all waiting for. The (dramatic) irony is we see Skeeter slipping on one of Piggy's roller skates, and she swapped it with one of Gonzo's to pass the blame to him. The rest of the episode has the other babies making their own art museum for Skeeter, while Gonzo makes various works of art featuring Piggy, subconsciously sneaking a roller skate in; Piggy reacts negatively to each one as it reminds her that Skeeter's accident was her fault. Additionally, Skeeter gets to stay in the living room with Nanny, watching TV and drinking soda-pop while Nanny pampers her. Not a bad deal at all.
  • Imagine Spot: The babies did this a lot, often all partaking in the same spot together. Justified in that the main premise of the show was to show how fun and important one's imagination can be.
  • Jerkass Ball: Skeeter, just watch "Pigerella." When she stole the cupcakes, Piggy tried to put them back but got framed by Nanny for it. It was to the point that Skeeter acted unfairly mean towards Piggy and even played the Wicked Stepsister from 'Cinderella'.
  • Mad Love Triangle: Piggy's crush on Kermit, and Gonzo's crush on Piggy. Things can get crazy. What with Piggy not wanting anyone or anything to get between her and Kermit, and with Gonzo always pouring his heart out to Piggy only to get thrashed by her.
  • May the Farce Be with You: The final stretch of "Gonzo's Video Show" is a Star Wars parody, and smaller-scale sendups appear in other episodes.
  • Narrative Shapeshifting: Baby Beaker, while explaining his fear of the monster under his bed to the other babies (since, like Adult Beaker, all he can say is "Meep!").
  • Not Quite Starring: A weird example: none of the original puppeteers reprised their roles as their respective characters. (Didn't happen with the Fraggle Rock Animated Adaptation either.)
  • Off-Model: It is a Marvel Productions cartoon (see also My Little Pony)... But then AKOM took over...
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the first two seasons Howie Mandel, a Canadian actor, was the voice of Skeeter, Bunsen, and Animal. Occasionally one of them would say sorry as sorr-ee. Though in Animal's case, that's a close approximation of how Frank Oz' Animal says it.
  • Phrase-Catcher: Fozzie usually catches a WHAT???? from the others when he comes up with some bizarre scenarios.
  • Pirate Girl: In one episode, the kids pretended to be treasure hunters and encountered a trio of female pirates.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Scooter and Skeeter. Scooter is a shy computer geek and Skeeter is an outgoing tomboy.
  • Pounds are Animal Prisons: Discussed and subverted in the episode What's New at the Zoo? Rowlf applies this trope to zoos because they remind him of dog pounds. Nanny shows Rowlf the importance of zoos to preserving animal life.
  • Produce Pelting:
    Fozzie: "Something tells me I oughta give up comedy and go into the tomato sauce business."
  • The Real Spoofbusters: In the episode "Bug-Busting Babies", Gonzo leads the babies into a team called the Bug Busters to catch the bug messing up Scooter's computer program. The episode also spoofs the Ray Parker Jr song from the 1984 movie, and features Bug Busters and a car similar to the Ghostbusters and their Ecto-1.
  • Rejection Affection: Gonzo continually woos Piggy, despite her greeting his advances with contempt and karate chops. This is borrowed from The Muppet Show, where it occurred less frequently.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Skeeter. As of the first episode, she was just plain always there.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Beaker.
  • Running Gag: What will they find in the closet this time?
  • Scary Flashlight Face: Skeeter does this at the end of Gonzo's mystery tour in "Muppetland." When confronting Gonzo for stealing part of her planned theme park attraction, she approaches Gonzo's tram holding a flashlight up to her face and smiling, and then it fades to a clip of the Phantom of the Opera before the others scream in fright and the Imagine Spot ends.
  • Secret Path: The babies think Animal found one in "Is There a Muppet in the House?" after Rowlf tells them about an old horror movie he saw the night before where secret passages were featured. It turned out to be an old dumbwaiter. By the end, Nanny explains how they were used and that they shouldn't play around in it.
  • Shooting Gallery: The Muppets are fantasizing that they're at a carnival and Fozzie decides to try his luck at a shooting gallery, but he misses every shot. Rowlf steps up and suggests that maybe his problem was he forgot to say "bang" when he fired. He then demonstrates and hits every target. Fozzie says he wants to try again, but instead of saying "bang", he says "Boom!" The shooting gallery then explodes.
  • Shorttank: Skeeter wears shorts and is tomboyish. Although, there are times when she doesn't mind wearing a dress in the imaginations.
  • Shout-Out: How many movie references did they have?
    • A Star Wars one (just like the original Muppet Show) where Kermit was Luke, Miss Piggy was Leia, and Animal was Vader. (Now, that is impossible, Luke.) They also did Indiana Jones.
    • Muppet Babies runneth over with Star Wars references, in fact. Thanks to how close Henson Productions and Lucasfilm were at the time, Lucas basically gave the Henson crew free rein to make as many references as they liked without fear of lawyers, a privilege they used as much as they could. The target audience being relatively familiar with the works due to their fame helped matters a lot, too.
      • However, it would seem that this ended up being a problem anyway years later as a major factor for why the show has no DVD/Blu Ray release (along with the multitude of other live action snippets). On the other hand, with Disney now owning both the Muppet and Star Wars franchises (along with Marvel, which also had a big hand in making the show), a solution is seemingly possible.
    • Another episode had Scooter and Piggy re-enacting Nanny's favorite movie, The African Queen.
    • "Nice to Have Gnome You" is based around shout-outs to (and extensive footage from) Labyrinth and the film adaptation of The Witches, two of Jim Henson's non-Muppet productions.
    • There's a part when Animal comes out of a toy chest dressed in medieval garb while clicking a pair of coconuts together.
    • "It's Only Pretendo" is based around gentle spoofs/pastiches of various Nintendo Entertainment System games, plus Frogger, Fantasy Zone and of all things, Keith Courage In Alpha Zones.
    • In "The Daily Muppet," Gonzo pretends to be a newspaper photographer, just like his adult self in The Great Muppet Caper... and just like in that movie, he says "Stop the presses!" for no good reason.
  • Sick Episode: In "Scooter's Uncommon Cold," Scooter catches a cold, and in "Slipping Beauty," Piggy catches the chicken pox.
  • Spin-Off Babies: The Trope Codifier. This and The Flintstone Kids are probably the only two examples of a Spinoff Babies series done right in Western animation.
  • Stan Lee: Gets web sprayed on his face by Skeeter.
  • Straight Man: Rowlf tends to be this.
  • Straying Baby: Animal on more than on occasion.
  • That's All, Folks! / The Stinger: Gooooooooo bye-bye!
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: A variation: the characters
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Piggy and Skeeter respectively (No, we did not get that mixed up — Piggy dresses in pink, bows, and lace, and karate chops anyone when they set off her Hair-Trigger Temper, whereas Skeeter is a pants-wearing athlete, but sweeter and much more mellow.)
  • Tough Room: Fozzie getting pelted by tomatoes for telling bad jokes.
  • Tsundere: As in all Muppet productions, Piggy is a mix between this and Yandere.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the early episodes, Gonzo and Rowlf's voices were more gruff, as if their voice actresses were trying to sound closer to their adult counterparts. Their voices got more higher and relaxed by the end of the season.
    • Also in the early episodes, Fozzie spoke with a stilted accent vaguely similar to how the adult Fozzie sounded in the first season of The Muppet Show. As the season went on, his voice got more relaxed and even more Fozzie-like.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: "Pigerella" had Piggy imagining herself as Cinderella. Gonzo, the Fairy God-Weirdo, changed it to seven for a similar reason it was done to Casper in his film. Gonzo told her that, because they're kids, they can't stay awake up to midnight.
  • Writer's Block: Shows up once where Piggy and Gonzo literally ran into a writers (toy)block and Gonzo explained this trope. It was solved in the most zany fashion possible - writer's termites.


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