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  • Awesome Art: The backgrounds of many of the fantasies are very well drawn and stylized quite realistically, like an etching.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Occurs regularly with the stock footage.
    Rowlf: Tell her she's cool! Tell her she's -
    Bob Hope: -nutty as a fruitcake.
    • In "Water Babies," as the babies pretend to be searching for treasure in a mine tunnel, Gonzo sets off on his own and sees a train coming towards him in the tunnel (via live-action stock footage, of course) and runs out, only to come across a glowing circle of light that appears to be another train, and Gonzo braces the impending collision, only turns out to be Baby Kermit and the others with a flashlight. It's never brought up again for the rest of the fantasy.
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    • "Babes in Troyland" has Gonzo end up dancing with the Minotaur while the latter is in drag. This comes out of nowhere and is never brought up again.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Kermit wears a sailor suit. At first it just looks like cuteness for cuteness's sake, but think about it. Due to their amphibious nature, frogs often live close to water. Who else lives close to water? That's right, sailors.
  • Fridge Logic: Who owned the house the Nursery was located in? With the obvious exception of Scooter and Skeeter, none of the muppets are siblings, and yet none of them are ever seen to go home. Where are their parents? Who exactly employs Nanny, and why do they have a gaggle of children they're taking care of?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • There have been hints made that Gonzo is an alien, years before Muppets from Space went with that concept.
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    • Bunsen Honeydew also has a 3-D television set he made for the babies to test out in one episode. They would be on the market about twenty-six years later.
    • The above-mentioned A New Hope Shout-Out would become hilarious once Disney bought both the Muppet franchise in 2004 and Star Wars in 2012. And to complete the hat trick, the show was produced by Marvel Productions.
    • In the episode "By the Book", the babies spoof The Wizard of Oz, which they would later do again as adults. Furthermore, in both instances, Kermit plays the Scarecrownote , Gonzo plays the Tin Man, and Fozzie plays the Lion.
    • "This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood" has Baby Piggy dress as the Bride of Frankenstein at one point. The video game Muppet Monster Adventure would later have Miss Piggy transformed into a Bride of Frankenstein pastiche called the Ghoulfriend of Ker-Monster.
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    • In the episode "Comic Capers", Skeeter pretends to be Spider-Girl when she and Rowlf are in the Spider-Man newspaper comic. The episode aired nine years before the introduction of an official Spider-Girl. Then Stan Lee makes a cameo where he stops "Spider-Girl" and "Spider-Dog" from competing and tells them that there's only one Spider-Man. Not anymore.
    • The episode "Snow White and the Seven Muppets" has Piggy being unhappy with playing the Evil Queen in the babies' play of Snow White, especially because she knows having another girl play Snow White means that Skeeter will end up being kissed by her crush Kermit. A similar premise is used in the Muppet Classics miniseries Muppet Snow White, where Miss Piggy again plays the Evil Queen and tries to get Kermit the Prince to marry her in order to prevent him awakening Snow White (here played by Spamela Hamderson) by kissing her.
    • In the episode "Out-of-This-World History," the song "Yankee Doodle Rock" repeatedly features the lyric "rock-a-doodle." Don Bluth's animated movie of the same name was released six years later.
  • Nightmare Fuel: There was this episode where, due to a little accident, one of Fozzie's teeth gets loose. The whole episode, the gang's trying to calm him down, because he'll have to see the dentist. Among the many things they have in fantasies, one of them was a tall man in a dark suit, who suddenly reveals that one of his hands is actually a drill. The freak turns it on and starts getting close to Fozzie's mouth, slowly. The whole thing ends with Kermit screaming "Fozzie!".
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: One episode details the babies trying to persuade Nanny not to go on Vacation - but she mentions that as much as she loves the babies, sometimes adults need to have some time to themselves - and wouldn't dare to go on vacation without arranging for someone trustworthy to take care of the babies in her absence.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In "Buckskin Babies", as Skeeter imagines that she's Calamity Jane, the music that plays as she rides through on her stagecoach sounds a lot like the theme to The Magnificent Seven (1960).
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