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Muppet Babies (2018) is a reboot of the 1984 cartoon of the same name, premiering on Disney Junior on March 23, 2018.

The show follows the basic premise of the original, with baby versions of the Muppet characters going on all sorts of adventures in the nursery while under the care of Miss Nanny. They use the power of imagination and creativity to solve any problem (let's say this reboot is basically the original 1984 cartoon meets The Backyardigans). The target demographic of 4-7 year old children is still the same.

With that said, there are some differences. As opposed to the hand-drawn animation of the original, this show is in CGI, fitting in with other modern Disney Junior shows. Also, this show has two 11 minute episodes per runtime.

The main cast is as follows:

In addition, there is a new character joining the babies named Summer Penguin, voiced by Jessica DiCicco.

A number of other well-known Muppets also appear in recurring roles. Most prominent are Camilla the Chicken, who lives in a chicken coop on the back yard with two other chickens, Priscilla and Beep; Statler and Waldorf (Eric Bauza and Matt Danner), the next-door neighbors who often watch the goings-on from their own house, whose balcony resembles the one at the Muppet Theater; Rizzo the Rat (Ben Diskin), who lives in a hole in the wall and occasionally shows up to play; Bunsen and Beaker (Eric Bauza and Matt Danner again), who come to visit every now and again, and Sweetums (Dee Bradley Baker), a friendly, kind monster. Other Muppets can often be seen in small cameos or pictures on the wall.


The show is executive produced by Tom Warburton (creator of Codename: Kids Next Door, and supervising director for Fish Hooks and The 7D) with Eric Shaw (SpongeBob SquarePants, WordGirl, Arthur, My Friends Tigger & Pooh) serving as the show's story editor. The first episode is available on YouTube.

On July 25, 2019, the show was renewed for season 3 .

The show contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Nanny is absent in some episodes.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original 1984 cartoon, the equivalents of Statler and Waldorf didn't appear until the penultimate season. Here, they are introduced as early as the first half of the second episode.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Of a sort; Statler and Waldorf are less abrasive than usual, but more so than their counterparts in the first run of Muppet Babies.
    • Averted with Rizzo, who's pretty much on the same Jerk with a Heart of Gold levels as his adult counterpart — though since everyone else are Adaptational Nice Guys and the stories more often center around some kind of Aesop he does come across as a bigger jerk in comparison.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance:
    • In the original 1984 series, Baby Rowlf was an established member of the main cast from the very start. In this continuity, he doesn't show up until "The Best, Best Friend", the first half of the 19th episode.
    • Scooter and Skeeter were also two of the main characters in the 1984 series who appeared since the very beginning. In this series, they can be seen in a picture on the wall all throughout the first season, but it isn't until "Win a Twin", the first half of the fourteenth episode of the second season where they make their first physical appearances.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • While Piggy has usually been a jerk with a heart of gold, the jerk part tends to be a bit more pronounced, making her somewhat abrasive. That's not the case here. Tom Warburton mentioned how she's just somewhat insecure and craving for attention . Indeed, the preview clips make out Piggy to be stuck up and somewhat egotistical, but not outright mean or abrasive.note 
    • Statler and Waldorf, while much closer to their classic "curmudgeonly hecklers" personas than they were in the original cartoon, are still notably kinder towards the kids than they ever were towards the adult versions of the Muppets. It's especially noticeable with Fozzie; in one episode they even tell him he's "pretty funny."
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • This version of Gonzo doesn't have a crush on Piggy like he did in the original Muppet Babies series.
    • Piggy's crush on Kermit seems to have vanished too — possibly because the Piggy/Kermit romance has been toned down in her adult counterpart in later years and they're currently portrayed more as Amicable Exes.
    • Rizzo of course wasn't part of the original Muppet Babies series, but compared to his adult counterpart he's a lot calmer and more laid-back here.
    • In the 1984 series, Scooter and Skeeter were Polar Opposite Twins, Scooter being a socially awkward computer nerd, and Skeeter being an energetic tomboy who likes sports (even to the point where they sang a song about how different they are in "Sing a Song of Superheroes"). In this series, while they still have differences, they're Single-Minded Twins who do everything together.
  • Age Lift:
    • Animal was very clearly the youngest of the Muppet Babies in the original series, but here he's around the same age as them. In addition, all the characters seem to be slightly older here than in the original Muppet Babies.
    • Another notable example is Kermit's nephew, Robin. In the 1984 series, Robin was a tadpole and was mostly confined to swimming in a fishbowl. In this series, he's a polliwog, having sprouted legs but still retaining his tail.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: As with most Disney Junior shows, the animation is CGI.
  • Always Someone Better: In "My Brother Vinny", Rizzo's older brother, Vinny Linguine is this to Rizzo, due to him being a famous rock star.
  • Art-Shifted Sequel: From traditional hand-drawn animation, to CGI. Or, if you count the original Muppet Show, from puppets to CGI.
    • This comes full circle with the Play Date shorts using puppet versions of the show's version of the characters.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original series, Camilla was a stuffed toy owned by Gonzo. Here, she's a real chicken, and the focus of one or two episodes.
  • Ate It All: In "Win a Twin", one of the events on the titular game show is to make a pizza that has Scooter's favorite toppings. Animal tries to make Scooter a pizza, but ends up eating the entire pizza before he can give it to Scooter.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In "Chicken Round-up", Animal gets easily distracted by other things, which keeps him from keeping the promises he makes to his friends. Not only does this allow Camilla, Priscilla, and Beep to run away, as he had earlier promised Miss Nanny he would put them back in their coop when he was done playing with them while she fixed a loose board in the fence, but it also compromises his friends' attempts to round them up again.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In "Gonzo's Coop Dreams", the Bad Eggs manage to win a basketball game against the Chickens. Thankfully, they and Gonzo are good sports, and agree to play another game against each other again soon.
  • Balloon-Bursting Bird: Summer accidentally pops a balloon with her beak in "Kermit Levels Up". Later, she uses her beak to clear some giant balloons from a level of a video game.
  • Banana Peel:
    • In "No Laughing Matter", Kermit tries to prove to Fozzie that he can still be funny without his Great-Uncle Schnozzie's lucky joke book by having him slip on a banana peel. When Fozzie tries to do so, he ends up kicking it into Piggy's face.
    • In "Best Friends Fixer Uppers", Beaker slips on one of the banana peels he and Bunsen use for their banana peel-powered disco ball.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: This premise is what fuels the events of "When You Wish Upon a Rizzo". After being told about genies by Miss Nanny, the babies wish they had a genie to grant their wishes. Rizzo decides to help them by taking on the form of a genie and giving them each one wish. Fozzie's wish is to have cookies at snacktime, Animal's wish is for his drums to always be with him, Piggy's wish is to turn everything she touches glittery, Gonzo's wish is to become a chicken, and Kermit's wish is for his Mega Super Ultra Robo Dinosaur action figure to become life-sized. Rizzo grants these wishes, but they all come with drawbacks; it rains cookies from the sky, but the cookie storm rains harder, and Fozzie becomes too full of cookies to run fast, Animal's drum set turns into a dog-like creature that won't leave him alone, Piggy is unable to eat her apple slices without turning them glittery, and she also exposes her hiding places when she touches them, Gonzo isn't able to run fast with his new tiny legs, and not only are Kermit and his friends taken to his Robo Dinosaur's home planet, but the Robo Dinosaur is now chasing them down. Summer's wish is for everything to be back to normal, and in the end, it saves her friends and gets them to realize that things really were better they way they were before.
  • Be Yourself: In "My Brother Vinny", Rizzo has to learn that he should just be himself instead of trying to pass himself off as a famous rock star like Vinny, his older brother. The song that Vinny sings (and Rizzo lip-syncs to while Gonzo sings backstage) is all about how it's better to be yourself instead of trying to be something you're not.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • In "Piggy's Time Machine", Piggy becomes impatient waiting for her birthday to come, so the babies imagine that they have a Time Machine to make her birthday arrive faster. When Piggy fiddles with the controls, she accidentally sends her and her friends on a wild trip through time.
    • In "Don't Over Duet", it's Miss Nanny's birthday, and Piggy strains her voice while practicing a duet with Rowlf, so the babies use Bunsen and Beaker's miniature submarine to travel inside her body and find her missing voice box.
  • Blanket Fort: "The Blanket Fort", in which Piggy and Summer build a whole blanket kingdom.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In "Skeeter and the Super Girls", Skeeter tries to fight crime as her superheroine alter-ego, Top Speed without wearing her glasses, as she believes that real superheroes don't need glasses. However, because she can't see very well without her glasses, it compromises her attempts to help Piggy as Super Fabulous and Summer as Captain Icecube's attempts to stop Gonzo as Dr. Meanzo from stealing cookies from the cookie bank.
  • Broken Ace:
    • In a way, Kermit is this as shown in "Sir Kermit the Brave". Since he is the leader of the babies, everyone thinks that he is really brave. In reality, he is scared of the dark, and initially hid the fact from his friends because he didn't want them to think less of him.
    • In his debut episode, "The Best, Best Friend", Rowlf is shown to be good at many different things, including playing the piano, juggling, and he even managed to beat Fozzie in a game of Tri-Soccer Flying Baseball. In "Sparkly Star Switcheroo", he goes into a deep depression when he is unable to write a song about a shooting star he saw the night before the episode's events. Fortunately, Summer is able to get him out of it with a painting of a sparkly star she made for him.
  • Captain Colorbeard: Kermit goes by Captain Greenbeard in "Playground Pirates".
  • Cassandra Truth: Gonzo not believing that "Animal Fly Airplane" briefly leads Animal to think his friends didn't like him until he manages to land them in Paris, at which point the others apologize for not giving him a chance.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Summer Penguin, like Skeeter before her, is a character created specifically for the series.
    • Priscilla and Beep, Camilla's fellow chicks, are also original to this series. Muppet chickens have always been white before, but Priscilla is yellow and Beep is brown.
  • Character Tic: Fozzie tends to wiggle his ears when he's excited, or when he's particularly pleased with one of his punchlines. This is a trait he displayed all the time in the first season of The Muppet Show, but which was dropped from the second season onwards because the ear-wiggling mechanism made the puppet too heavy.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: In "Gonzo's Coop Dreams", Gonzo substitutes for Beep in a game of basketball against the Bad Eggs when the latter injures his wing. Because Gonzo has never played basketball before, he has a difficult time trying to score points. When he finds out that Bunsen and Beaker's Cant Lose Shoes allow whoever wears them to win any game, he distracts Bunsen and Beaker so that he can borrow the shoes while they aren't looking. Gonzo manages to catch his score up to that of the Bad Eggs, but his ruse is exposed when he gets the shoes wet and they malfunction. Gonzo agrees to play fair for the rest of the game, and despite his best efforts without the Can't Lose Shoes, the Bad Eggs still win. Thankfully, the Bad Eggs and Gonzo are good sports, and they agree to play another game against each other soon, this time with Gonzo playing fair the whole game.
  • Cheer Up Episode: In "Upside Down Day", Summer Penguin feels sad because many bad things have happened to her; spilling her cereal at breakfast, losing her crayons, stubbing her flipper, and missing hearing her favorite story, Seymour the Baby Seal. Gonzo diagnoses Summer as having "bad-day-itis", and tries to cure her by turning the playroom upside down, so that her frown will be as upside down as the playroom is, turning it into a smile.
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • Early in "Beaker 2.0", Beaker gets trapped in a gift box by the Gift-O-Matic when he stands too close to it while activating it. Near the end of the episode, this is how he and Bunsen trap the titular robot when it takes over Muppet Labs.
    • "Bunsen Honeydew, Show Stopper" has two. When Beaker hits a high note that causes the test tube with the Super Glowy Spritzy Spray to break, the babies hire him to sing in their Muppet Rocksplosion concert. Worried that Beaker will like performing in the concert more than making experiments with him, Bunsen tries to sabotage the concert with his Bubble Trouble Ray. Bunsen ends up getting trapped in one of the bubbles, and Beaker's high note is the only thing that can pop them. It does, but also destroys the stage lights. After confessing what he did, Bunsen makes things right by using his Super Glowy Spritzy Spray on the babies so their concert can proceed.
  • Christmas Episode: In "A Very Muppet Babies Christmas", it's Christmas in the playroom, and all the babies love their Secret Santa gifts, except for Kermit, who tries to trade his.
  • Clam Trap: In "Tagalong Polliwog", Kermit's golf ball ends up in the mouth of a clam, which closes its mouth whenever the babies try to take the golf ball back. The only fast enough to retrieve the golf ball is Robin, thanks in part to his tail.
  • Clock Tampering: In "The Froginizer", Kermit remembers that Fozzie likes to have a snack when the clock strikes noon (and Animal tries to take his snacks from him at this time), so without being noticed, he sneaks by Fozzie and Animal (as The Noodler and Meanimal) so he can set the clock to noon to distract them so he, Piggy, and Summer (as Super Fabulous and Captain Ice Cube) can get past them and to Dr. Meanzo's evil lair.
  • Companion Cube:
    • Gonzo's friend Potato, who is a... potato.
    • In "My Buddy", Animal has a stuffed rabbit named Buddy, whom Fozzie becomes attached to when bad things happen to him.
    • Kermit has his Mega Super Ultra Robo Dinosaur action figure.
    • Fozzie has his rubber chicken, Sir Featherbrain. In "Wock-a-Bye Fozzie", he accidentally leaves it at home during the sleepover at Miss Nanny's house, which is one of the reasons why he doesn't have a good time.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The song "Puppy Come Home" has the Babies going through a number of the imaginary landscapes and meeting characters from the imagination sequences of previous episodes, while looking for Rizzo.
  • Cooking Duel: In "The Great Muppet Cook-off", when the babies like the Swedish Chef's cookies better than Piggy's, a jealous Piggy challenges Chef to a cook-off. In the cook-off, Piggy and Chef are tasked with making three dishes; macaroni and cheese, a meatball pizza, and a cake. Chef's cooking partner is Animal, and Piggy's is Summer. Chef wins every round because he and Animal follow the recipes, while Piggy's impatience and refusal to follow the recipes despite Summer's warnings result in her losing each round.
  • Cowboy Episode:
    • In "The Good, The Bad, and the Froggy", after Kermit hurts his knee in a tricycle race and no longer wants to ride a tricycle, the babies go on a Wild West adventure where Galloping Gulch has its juice boxes stolen by Gonzo the Kid and Sundance the Potato. Sheriff Kermit must ride his tricycle again so he can defeat Gonzo the Kid and save his friends.
    • In "Chicken Round-up", Animal forgets to put Camilla, Priscilla, and Beep back in their coop, and the chickens run away. The babies go on a Wild West adventure to round them up again, and Animal also needs to learn the importance of keeping his promises, as he breaks them every time he gets distracted.
    • The first Imagine Spot in "Library Leapfrog" depicts Piggy and Summer as the Ponytail Bandits, who rob the train the boys are riding by stealing the boys' animal crackers. When Robin accidentally gives the girls his video game instead of his animal crackers, the boys have an adventure to get it and their animal crackers back, starting with chasing the girls into Dead End Canyon.
  • Cuckoosnarker: Gonzo is uncharacteristically sarcastic in this show, but still a weirdo.
  • Dance Off: Between Kermit and Rizzo in "How Kermit Got His Groove".
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: In "Kermit Levels Up", the babies pretend to jump inside a handheld video game that Kermit found.
  • Delightful Dragon: Belladotta of Sweaterhelm, or Dot for short, is a polyester dragon that Kermit meets in "Sir Kermit the Brave", the series' first episode. When Kermit gets separated from the rest of the babies, Dot helps him overcome his fear of the dark by revealing that she's afraid of the dark as well, and she reunites him with his friends. In a later episode, "Puppy For a Day", Dot helps the babies search for Rizzo, who pretends to be a puppy to teach them about responsibility, when he goes missing.
  • Demoted to Extra: Some of the main characters from the original series have been relegated to guest appearances, these being Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, and Rowlf the Dog.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: In "Library Leapfrog", Fozzie asks Piggy and Summer this question when he sees them in their Muffonian forms.
  • Digging to China: What Animal is trying to do in "Summer Penguin, P.I."
  • Distinction Without a Difference: In "Piggy's Time Machine", Nanny scolds Piggy for being impatient for her birthday to come. Piggy makes the insistence that she's not impatient, she just wants her birthday to happen now.
  • Dog Walks You: In "Puppy For a Day", Rizzo does this to Summer when he pretends to be a puppy.
  • Don't Wake the Sleeper: In "Sparkly Star Switcheroo", Fozzie and Summer find a sleeping Priscilla and Beep guarding Summer's Sparkly Star painting, but they also have to hit the button that turns off the alarm system without waking them up or tripping the alarm. Fozzie does so with his hat, and nearly wakes up the chickens when he shouts, "I did it!". Then Animal runs in to warn him and Summer that Piggy is coming back, which wakes up the chickens, causing them to chase him and Fozzie. Fortunately, this distracts them so Summer can swap out her Sparkly Star painting with a non-sparkly replica.
  • Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: In "The Spoon in the Stone", Piggy, Gonzo, Animal, and Summer are all knights on a quest to pull the titular spoon from the stone. While Piggy, Gonzo, and Animal set off to find the spoon by themselves, Summer stays behind to help Fozzie find his missing barrel and help Rizzo fix his cart full of cheese when one of its wheels breaks. When Piggy, Gonzo, and Animal find the spoon, none of them are able to pull it out of the stone, and they learn from Rowlf the Wizard that only a true knight can pull the spoon from the stone. Summer turns out to be the true knight because she helped her friends, and is able to pull the spoon out of the stone so that she can help the dragon guarding it who needs a new spoon to eat her soup with.
  • Egging: In "Win a Twin", whenever Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, and Animal lose an event on the titular game show, eggs fall on their heads.
  • Ensemble Cast: The show focuses on seven characters, the six babies and Nanny.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Gonzo's Coop Dreams", the Bad Eggs have always managed to beat the Chickens in games of basketball, but they always play fair, which is why they find it unfair that Gonzo used Bunsen and Beaker's Can't Lose Shoes to score points.
  • Even the Rats Won't Touch It: Perhaps a literal example in "Meatball Mayhem"; when the babies dislike the Swedish Chef's meatballs, they try to get rid of them by offering them to some of their other friends, one of which is Rizzo. After eating one meatball, Rizzo says, "No, thanks!", and shuts the door on the babies.
  • Everything Is Better With Penguins: Summer Penguin.
  • Evil Counterpart: In "Gonzo's Coop Dreams", the Bad Eggs are this to Camilla, Priscilla, and Beep.
  • Expressive Accessory: Nanny's socks have a different pattern in each episode, matching that episode's theme.
  • Expressive Mask: Bunsen's Eye Glasses are a subtle version. The glasses themselves are stiff and round at all times, but the rims make shadows on his eyeless face that look like eyelids, and these shadows move and change with Bunsen's expressions.
  • Eyepatch of Power: In "Gonzo's Coop Dreams", the leader of the Bad Eggs wears an eyepatch, and is an expert at basketball despite this.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In "Don't Over Duet", the Babies use Bunsen and Beaker's miniature submarine to travel inside Piggy's body and find her missing voice box in time for a duet that she's going to sing with Rowlf.
  • Fence Painting: In "Gonzo's Clean Sweep", Gonzo tricks his friends into doing his chores for him so that he can practice his latest stunt. He tricks Kermit and Animal into putting the blocks away by pretending the blocks are gems and the toy box is a treasure chest, Fozzie and Summer into sweeping up the leaves by pretending they're fallen stars covering the moon, and Piggy into setting the table by telling her she's serving lunch for the Queen. As a result of doing Gonzo's chores for him, his friends are behind on their chores and don't get to have their ice cream, which results in a My God, What Have I Done? moment from Gonzo and him using his new stunt to help his friends finish their chores.
  • Floating in a Bubble: In "Bunsen Honeydew, Show Stopper", Bunsen uses his Bubble Trouble Ray to sabotage the Muppet Rocksplosion Concert out of fear of Beaker liking performing in it more than making experiments with him. After trapping the babies' musical instruments, Bunsen gets trapped in one of the bubbles and floats away in one, and ends up needing Beaker's help to pop it.
  • Genki Girl: Summer in general is quite excitable and full of energy.
  • Gentle Giant: Sweetums, as per usual, is a very sweet and gentle character even though he's much bigger than the babies.
  • Gesundheit: In "Fly South", Nanny explains to the babies why geese fly south for the winter. Gonzo thinks Nanny sneezed when she said "migration" and goes "Gesundheit".
  • Gift-Giving Gaffe: In "Summer's Super Fabulous Holiday Surprise", when the babies find out that Summer's trip home is cancelled due to a snowstorm, they decide to throw their own celebration for Summer in the backyard. While Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo all think of things that best suit Summer's personality, Piggy wants everything that best suits her personality; pink, glittery, and super fabulous.
  • Gilligan Cut: In "Puppy For a Day", when the babies decide to give Rizzo, who pretends to be a puppy for them a bath, he says that he'll do it, but he won't like it. Cut to Rizzo enjoying his bath.
  • Girls With Mustaches: In "The Froginizer", Gonzo, as his supervillain alter ego, Dr. Meanzo, creates a ray that gives everyone in the world a mustache just like his. He tests it out on Kermit, as well as the females, Piggy and Summer.
  • Go Look at the Distraction: In "Gonzo's Coop Dreams", Gonzo distracts Bunsen and Beaker by telling them to look at a dinosaur playing a ukelele so that he can borrow the Can't Lose Shoes while they aren't looking.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Piggy in "The Blanket Fort" is Queen of the Blanket Kingdom, and has a whole set of rules that the others must follow, such as "no yelling", "no breaking" and especially "no saying 'no' to the queen". Eventually, the others end up breaking the rules and being sent to the dungeon, leaving Piggy all alone with no one to play with.
  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: In "Playground Pirates", Kermit accidentally backs up his pirate ship, sinking the port town.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: An original birthday song titled Muppet Birthday is performed during Piggy's birthday party in Piggy's Time Machine.
  • Halloween Episode: "Happy Hallowocka/The Teeth Chattering Tale Of The Haunted Pancakes" both follow this. The former is about Fozzie wanting to be seen as scary, while the latter involves Summer telling Kermit a story about ghost pancakes to get him to try new things.
  • Harmless Freezing: In "The Froginizer", Summer (as Captain Ice Cube) uses her water balloons to freeze Fozzie and Animal (as The Noodler and Meanimal) so she and Piggy (as Super Fabulous) can get past them. Fozzie and Animal are still capable of speaking to each other from inside the ice, and later escape from it when it melts.
  • Height Angst: Summer in "One Small Problem" is tired of being the shortest one in the nursery. Bunsen offers to make her taller with his Enlargo ray, but it breaks down and makes her even smaller instead. After having an adventure getting Kermit's toy car from under the couch, she gets turned back to normal, but refuses an offer to be taller because she now feels more confident being the way she is.
  • Heist Episode: "Sparkly Star Switcheroo" plays out like one. When Piggy believes the Sparkly Star painting that Summer made for Rowlf to be for her, Summer makes another Non-sparkly Star painting to put in its place while Piggy isn't looking. The episode's Imagine Spot plays out like a museum heist, with the babies (sans Piggy and Rowlf) as a team of thieves, and the chickens as guards.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite acting pretty much like a 3 year old version of his adult self in this incarnation, Animal proves to the others he can control himself sometimes in "Animal Fly Airplane".
  • Impact Silhouette: In "Best Friends Fixer Uppers", Beaker slips on a banana peel and crashes through a wall, leaving a Beaker-shaped hole in it.
  • Injured Limb Episode: In "Gonzo's Coop Dreams", Beep injures his wing, rendering him unable to play in a basketball game against the Bad Eggs. As a result, Gonzo, who has never played basketball before, has to take his place.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Statler and Waldorf do seem like grumpy neighbors in "Hatastrophe", they do make a good point about Kermit climbing the fence being dangerous.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not surprisingly, Rizzo. He's messy and obnoxious, but he keeps his promises and is overall amiable.
  • Kids Love Dinosaurs: Kermit's favorite toy is his Mega Super Ultra Robo Dinosaur action figure. In "A Very Muppet Babies Christmas", he hopes to get a pack of Mega Super Ultra Robo Dinosaur trading cards. In "When You Wish Upon a Rizzo", when Rizzo takes on the form of a genie and gives the babies each one wish, Kermit's wish is for his Mega Super Ultra Robo Dinosaur action figure to be life-sized.
  • Lessons in Sophistication: In "My Fair Animal", Piggy teaches Animal how to be a gentleman so that he can attend a fancy tea party that she is hosting. This even includes having Animal speak properly. However, Animal finds it hard to be a gentleman, and in the end, he and his friends, even Piggy, decide that they like Animal better as his normal, wild self.
  • Living Dust Bunnies: In "One Small Problem", a group of dust bunnies steal Kermit's toy car, and a shrunken Summer goes on an adventure to get it back from them.
  • Lost Voice Plot: In "Don't Over Duet", Piggy strains her voice while practicing a duet with Rowlf, so the babies travel through her body in Bunsen and Beaker's miniature submarine to find her missing voice box. Piggy has to learn the importance of taking a break while the other babies search her body, as talking, moving around, and making loud noises all compromise the mission.
  • Magic Feather: In "No Laughing Matter", when Fozzie loses his Great-Uncle Schnozzie's lucky joke book, he thinks he can't be funny without it. The other babies get Bunsen and Beaker to make a new lucky joke book for Fozzie, and when Fozzie sees that Rizzo borrowed the real lucky joke book, he realizes that he doesn't need it, as he still performed his funny joke show without it.
  • The Magic Touch: In "When You Wish Upon A Rizzo", Piggy wishes to turn everything she touches glittery, and Rizzo, who takes on the form of a genie, grants that wish. At first, Piggy likes this wish, but she soon finds out it has drawbacks; when she tries to eat apple slices, she turns them glittery, and when she tries to hide from Kermit's life-sized Mega Super Ultra Robo Dinosaur action figure, she exposes her hiding place by turning the rock she was hiding behind glittery.
  • Medium Blending: A signature staple of the original show is taken further here with the advancement of animation styles.
  • Minimalist Cast: With the exception of a few one-off characters and recurring guest stars, the only characters in the show are the 6 babies, the chicks, and Miss Nanny.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: In "A Backyard Divided", one of Kermit and Fozzie's attempts to get Piggy's wand back from Gonzo's kingdom is by disguising themselves as a bush. This plan fails because Gonzo sees through their disguise.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In Kermit's Show And Tell short, he's shown practicing a few lyrics from "The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie .
    • A piece of the backyard stage is part of the wallpaper from the original Muppet Babies scene in The Muppets Take Manhattan.
    • There are various pictures on the nursery walls showing other young versions of Muppets, including Scooter and Skeeter, Mahna Mahna and the Snowths, the Swedish Chef, Sweetums and Sam the Eagle, and Dr. Teeth and the remainder of the Electric Mayhem.
    • In "Hatastrophe", when Kermit imagines his friends going into Statler and Waldorf's yard to rescue Fozzie's beanie propeller hat, the statues resemble Big Mean Carl, Luncheon Counter Monster, Sweetums, Behemoth and one of the Frackles.
    • A line in "Piggy's Time Machine" references how every episode of the 1984 series ended with a segment where Baby Animal said "Go bye bye".
      Animal: Animal go bye-bye!
      • Also in that episode is a shot of the babies briefly being sent to an opening shot of The Muppet Show. (Specifically, the recreation of it from The Muppets.)
      Fozzie: Who are they?
      Gonzo: Beats me.
    • Bunsen uses a familiar phrase when introducing his lab to the others in "One Small Problem".
    Bunsen: Welcome to Muppet Labs, where the future is being made today.
    • In "You Oughta Be in Pictures", Animal stops to admire a Renoir painting, a nod to him wanting to see a Renoir exhibit in The Great Muppet Caper.
    • In "Upside-Down Day" the babies briefly have the tomatoes from the garden fall on them. Fozzie comments that he usually has to tell a joke for that to happen, alluding to a Running Gag in the 80s cartoon, where his worst jokes tended to end with a tomato being thrown at him.
    • “Planet Gonzo” seems to be a reference to Muppets from Space, although Gonzo isn't actually an alien himself this time around.note 
    • According to Matt Danner , the Muppet Babies Play Date short where Kermit acts like a director is inspired by a classic Sesame Street sketch where Kermit directed "Oklahoma".
    • "Finders Keepers" has Summer mention finding the treasure of the Mahna Mahna Valley.
    • In "Mr. Manny", when Fozzie imagines what Miss Nanny's helper would be like, the clown version in his Imagine Spot is shown to wear tall green and white striped socks, much like the 1984 version of Nanny.
    • The theater seen in "My Brother Vinny" is modelled after the theater seen in The Muppet Show, complete with a balcony for Statler and Waldorf.
    • Two from "The Spoon In The Stone" are present:
  • New Friend Envy: In "The Best, Best Friend", when Rowlf visits the playroom and impresses the babies with his piano playing, Fozzie worries that he's replaced him as Kermit's best friend. To try to win Kermit back, Fozzie challenges Rowlf to a game of Tri-Soccer Flying Baseball, a game he and Kermit invented, but Rowlf ends up winning. Fozzie then tries acting like Rowlf, but he, unfortunately, can't play the piano very well. When Fozzie tells Kermit that he feels like Rowlf has replaced him as his best friend, Rowlf tells Fozzie that Kermit told him he's still his best friend. Kermit also reveals to Fozzie that you can have more than one best friend.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In "Library Leapfrog", when Piggy and Summer take on the forms of Muffonians who have taken the boys' animal crackers and Robin's video game, Summer reveals to the boys that the only way to defeat the Muffin Monster they've summoned to attack them is to remove its party hat. Piggy scolds Summer, telling her she wasn't supposed to tell the boys that.
  • No Antagonist: As mentioned here, there's no real antagonist here in order to keep the show happy and upbeat. The closest thing to an antagonist is Rizzo, which isn't saying much.
  • Noodle Incident: In "Gonzonocchio", Miss Nanny is reluctant to let Gonzo borrow a book of Pinocchio from the library because the last time Gonzo borrowed a library book, he shot it out of his cannon. Gonzo tells Miss Nanny that the book was about stunts, and he didn't know he wasn't supposed to shoot out of a cannon.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Animal Gets the Sneezies", Animal disguises himself as a chicken named Kevin to avoid going to the doctor. His disguise consists of him wearing nothing more than a paper beak, but it still manages to fool Gonzo.
  • Pass the Popcorn:
    • Rizzo, in Animal Kong, at the potential distruction from the giant Animal.
    • In "Sparkly Star Switcheroo", Animal is seen eating popcorn as he watches the monitors in the Muppet Bus, having taken on the job as the lookout.
  • Pesky Pigeons: In "Wock-a-Bye Fozzie", the babies watch a movie called The Wacky Alpacas Eat Spaghetti 2 during their first sleepover. In the movie, Walter is trying to deliver a plate of spaghetti to Wanda for a dinner date. The first time, his spaghetti is eaten by a flock of pigeons. The second time, Walter comes a cross a giant pigeon. When Walter and Wanda finally get to have their spaghetti together, the flock of pigeons eats it again as the alpacas have a Spaghetti Kiss.
  • Pepper Sneeze: In "The Great Muppet Cook-off", when Piggy tries to make a meatball pizza better than the Swedish Chef's, she decides to add an entire shaker of pepper to it. Summer warns her that if she uses that much pepper, it will make everyone sneeze, but Piggy ignores her. Sure enough, Summer is right, as the pepper makes her, Gonzo, Fozzie, and Camilla sneeze.
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Get Back in the Game" from "The Great Muppet Sport-A-Thon".
  • Pinocchio Nose: In "Gonzonocchio", Gonzo's nose grows when he lies, just like Pinocchio's. When Gonzo tells the truth that nobody stole his book of Pinocchio and that he lost it, his nose shrinks back to its normal size. At the end of the episode, when Animal eats Gonzo's apple slices and blames it on Buddy, his nose grows.
  • Plot Allergy: It is revealed in "Animal Gets the Sneezies" that the reason why Animal is sneezing is because he is allergic to flowers, specifically the ones the other babies used in the friendship bracelets they made.
  • Portal Picture:
    • In "You Oughta Be In Pictures", the monkey from Sunday Afternoon at the Grand Jetee steals Fozzie's lunchbox, and the babies jump after it, hopping from one painting to another.
    • In "Run Fozzie Run", Fozzie jumps into the book of Bombo the Baby Gorilla to escape having to tell Miss Nanny that he accidentally broke a flower pot. His friends follow him inside to try to convince him to come back and tell Miss Nanny the truth.
    • "Library Leapfrog" is filled with this, as the babies travel into different books to show Robin just how much fun reading can be.
  • Post-Treatment Lollipop: In "Animal Gets the Sneezies", when Animal finally goes to see the doctor, the doctor gives him a lollipop for being a good patient. When Gonzo sees the lollipop, he pretends to sneeze so that he can go to the doctor and get a lollipop of his own, but Miss Nanny isn't fooled.
  • Private Eye Monologue: Summer does it in "Summer Penguin, P.I." Lampshaded when the others ask "Who are you talking to?"
  • Rain of Something Unusual: In "When You Wish Upon a Rizzo", Fozzie wishes to have cookies at snack time, and Rizzo, who takes on the form of a genie, grants that wish by making it rain cookies from the sky.
  • "Reading Is Cool" Aesop: In "Library Leapfrog", Miss Nanny takes the babies to the library to check out books. While the other babies are excited about checking out books, Robin isn't, as he would much rather play his video game. The other babies show Robin how much fun reading can be when they go inside the books themselves and have an adventure getting Robin's video game back from Piggy and Summer when he accidentally gives it to them instead of his box of animal crackers. By the end of the episode, Robin decides that he would much rather check out the book of Zorna and the Muffonians than play his video game.
  • Reality Ensues: In "Gonzo's Coop Dreams", Gonzo, who has never played basketball before, uses Bunsen and Beaker's Cant Lose Shoes to catch his score up to that of the Bad Eggs. After his ruse is exposed, he agrees to play fairly for the rest of the game and only needs to make one more basket to win. He gives it his best shot without the Can't Lose Shoes, and he still loses.
  • Replaced with Replica: In "Sparkly Star Switcheroo", Rowlf goes into a depression when he is unable to write a song about a shooting star he saw the night before the episode's events, so Summer Penguin makes him a painting of a sparkly star to cheer him up. When Piggy sees the painting, she thinks that Summer made it for her and takes it. Summer makes a non-sparkly replica of the painting, and tries to swap it out while Piggy isn't looking so that she can give the original to Rowlf. A museum heist-esque Imagine Spot takes place.
  • Restaurant-Owning Episode:
    • In "Best Pals Pizza Parlor Palace", Kermit and Fozzie decide to open their own pizza restaurant, but they can't agree on how to run it, as Kermit wants a fancy palace, but Fozzie wants a family fun parlor. They soon have to agree on what kind of pizza to make when Rizzo shows up to their restaurant.
    • In "Summer's Snow Cone Stop", Summer opens a snow cone restaurant, and her friends make changes to it that she doesn't like. Summer has to learn the importance of standing up for herself even if it means having to say "no" to her friends' ideas.
  • Robot Me: In "Beaker 2.0", Bunsen invents the titular robot to take the real Beaker's place while the latter gets a haircut. At first, Bunsen enjoys working with Beaker 2.0, but Beaker 2.0 soon turns against him to work on new inventions by himself, and Bunsen needs the real Beaker's help to stop him. In the end, Bunsen invents Bunsen 2.0, a robotic duplicate of himself to be Beaker 2.0's new lab partner.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: "Animal and the Egg" features scenes where the CGi Muppet Babies interact with various live-action birds as they look for the Mama Bird that the egg Animal found belongs to.
  • Rule of Three: In "Gonzonocchio", Gonzo accuses the Bad Eggs, a whale with a polka-dot tail, and Bunsen and Beaker's Ping Pong-playing Robot of stealing his book of Pinocchio.
  • Running Gag: In "Skeeter and the Super Girls", as a result of Skeeter not wearing her glasses as her superheroine alter-ego, Top Speed, she keeps running into trash cans.
  • Segmented Serpent: In "Library Leapfrog", the boys battle a giant snake-like monster made out of muffins, which Robin notes is similar to the boss in his video game.
  • Send in the Clones: The episode "Counting Kermits" has Kermit use Bunsen and Beaker's Make-Another-You-Inator to make clones of himself when he commits himself to 4 activities. The clones themselves wear different colored shirts and are less intelligent than the real Kermit, to the point that one of them called Piggy "Puggy".
  • Shout-Out:
    • "You Oughta Be In Pictures" has the gang recreate the art museum scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, right down to Fozzie staring at the little girl in Sunday Afternoon at the Grand Jetee like Cameron does, although in this scenario he's looking for the monkey that stole his lunchbox.
    • Fozzie's Training Montage in "The Karate Cub" features a scene where Fozzie chases after Piggy riding a bicycle similar to the montage in Punch-Out!!. The scene is even animated with 8-bit sprites.
    • In "Library Leapfrog", one of the books Summer finds in the library is called Rat in a Hat, with the cover illustration depicting Rizzo in a Cat-in-the-Hat-like hat.
  • Sleep Aesop: In "Summer's Big Kerfloofle", Summer doesn't want to take a nap like the rest of the babies during nap time. Miss Nanny tells her that she needs to take her nap, or else she won't have the energy she needs to play. When Bunsen and Beaker bring a crate of green tomatoes from the planet Floofadelphia, an alien creature called a Floofle stows away in their crate. Summer befriends the Floofle, and chooses to play with it instead of taking her nap, but Bunsen warns her to stop playing with the Floofle if it turns red. When Summer continues to play with the Floofle after it turns red, the Floofle multiplies, waking the other babies from their nap. Summer finds out from Bunsen that the only way to get the Floofle back to being just one green one is to get it to calm down and take a nap. By the time she does so, nap time is over and she's too tired to play.
  • Slumber Party: In "Wock-a-Bye Fozzie", Fozzie decides to have a slumber party at Miss Nanny's house when he hears about the slumber party Summer had at Piggy's house. Kermit, however, is nervous about the slumber party, as it will have been his first time sleeping away from his parents. In an ironic twist, Kermit has a lot of fun at the slumber party, while Fozzie has a miserable time.
  • Sneeze of Doom: "Animal Gets the Sneezies" has two of these instances. The first one involves Animal sneezing so powerfully, the force of the sneeze bounces him around the room. The second one happens when Animal disguises himself as a chicken named Kevin to avoid going to the doctor. When he sneezes, it exposes his hiding spot to the other babies.
  • Something-itis:
    • Gonzo diagnoses Summer Penguin as having "bad day-itis" in the episode "Upside Down Day".
    • "Doctor Fozzie" has Fozzie pretend to be a doctor. He diagnoses Kermit as having "green-itis".
  • Spear Counterpart: Mr. Manny from the episode of the same name is shown to be one to Miss Nanny, even to the point of his face never being shown on camera.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: The theme song has two rhymes that aren't completed.
    Singer: Kermit loves adventure, Miss Piggy is the star! Summer loves to paint and Fozzie's jokes are—
    Fozzie: Wocka Wocka!
    Kermit: Hey, that doesn't even rhyme!
    Singer: Animal's on drums, Gonzo's off in a flash! Everybody duck 'cause I think he's gonna—
    Nanny: Is everything alright out here?
    Muppet Babies: Yes, Miss Nanny!
  • Super Speed: In "Skeeter and the Super Girls", Skeeter's superheroine alter-ego is Top Speed, whose superpower is running very fast.
  • That Syncing Feeling: In "My Brother Vinny", Rizzo is revealed to have a terrible singing voice, but when he finds out that Gonzo has an amazing singing voice and knows the lyrics to all of Vinny's songs (in several languages, no less), he gets Gonzo to sing while he lip-syncs in a duet with Vinny. His secret is exposed when he accidentally kicks off one of his shoes and it bounces across the theater, eventually landing near Gonzo.
  • This Is My Side: In "A Backyard Divided", when Gonzo and Piggy get into a feud, they divide the backyard into two separate halves, and since they're pretending the backyard is a medieval setting, they imagine their halves are kingdoms. The feud only grows stronger when Piggy's magic wand is on Gonzo's side, and Gonzo's soccer ball is on Piggy's side. Later in the episode, Kermit, Summer, Fozzie, and Animal demand their own kingdoms, dividing the backyard into sixths.
  • Tightrope Walking: In "Chicken Round-up", Piggy lassos a boulder to get Kermit, Summer, and Gonzo across a canyon above a river of molasses to get to Beep and the other chickens. She, Fozzie, and Animal are tasked with holding the rope while Kermit, Summer, and Gonzo walk across it. Just as Kermit, Summer, and Gonzo get back, Animal gets distracted by a tumbleweed and lets go of the rope, causing Gonzo to fall in the river.
  • Time-Travel Episode: When Piggy becomes impatient waiting for her birthday to come in "Piggy's Time Machine", the babies pretend they have a time machine to travel forward in time to get to Piggy's birthday faster. When Piggy accidentally sends the gang on a wild journey through time, she has to learn the importance of patience while her friends repair the time machine.
  • Title, Please!: Starting in season 2, the title cards are gone, though the titles are still spoken by the characters, as is more commonplace for Disney Junior shows these days.
    • Also, instead of the title cards being a separate animation before fading into the episode, the titles are spoken as the episode begins.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fozzie is very fond of noodles in this series.
  • Translator Buddy: In "The Great Muppet Cook-off", Gonzo serves as this for the Swedish Chef.
  • Treasure Hunt Episode: "Playground Pirates" has the babies looking for Nanny's lost earring, pretending to be pirates searching for treasure.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Beaker 2.0 from his namesake episode takes over Muppet Labs and kicks Bunsen out when he wants to work on inventions by himself. As a result, Bunsen needs the real Beaker's help to stop him.
  • Two Shorts: Again, the show is composed of two 11 minute segments as opposed to one 22 minute story.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: In "Puppy For a Day", the babies want a puppy to play with, but Nanny doesn't think they're responsible enough to take care of one, so they get Rizzo to pretend to be a puppy for them. They soon find out that taking care of a puppy isn't as easy as they thought it would be, since Rizzo got them wet during his bath, got a stomachache from eating a meatball pizza, and they thought they lost him when he left to take a nap in Camilla's chicken coop.
  • Wearing It All Wrong: In "The Best, Best Friend", Fozzie worries that Rowlf is going to replace him as Kermit's best friend. After losing to Rowlf in a game of Tri-soccer Flying Baseball, Fozzie tries to imitate Rowlf (even going as far as wearing the latter's clothes). Gonzo then asks Fozzie why he's acting so strange, then says that he's an expert on strange, as he wears his underwear on his head. When Gonzo puts a pair of boxer shorts on his head, Rowlf says it sounds like fun. Kermit manages to talk Rowlf out of doing it by asking him to play another song on the piano.
  • "X" Marks the Spot: In "Library Leapfrog", Piggy and Summer take on the role of pirates and bury a treasure chest underneath an X. When Animal digs up the chest, the treasure isn't the boys' animal crackers and Robin's video game that the girls took, but rather a clue to where they really are, the book of Zorna and the Muffonians.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Rizzo, a rat, is used to show negative traits that children shouldn't have. In his debut, he's disruptive and selfish, and even after reforming and becoming a more regular character, he still sometimes exhibits bad traits. In one "Best Pals Pizza Parlor Palace," Kermit says he is a picky eater, for example.

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