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YMMV / Muppet Babies (2018)

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  • Author's Saving Throw: One of the biggest problems with The Muppets franchise is with how it's usually seen as a "guys club", with very few notable female characters (who aren't always portrayed in the best light), very few notable women behind the scenes, and the use of Crossdressing Voices for almost all the female characters. While there's still a large male presence here, this show fixes the issue a lot by giving female characters like Piggy and Summer much more to do (with a greater emphasis on friendship), having all the female characters voiced by female voice actors (including Skeeter), with season 2 having Robyn Brown (a woman who wrote the most episodes in season 1) taking over as story editor as well as having female script coordinators and more female writers.
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  • Awesome Art: One thing many people agree on is how great the show looks. It's CGI, yet also has that puppet felt feel to, clearly hearkening back to the daycare sequence in The Muppets Take Manhattan. There's also the various art styles used in the fantasies themselves.
  • Awesome Music: The reimagined theme song is pretty catchy. Plus, it's sung by Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, of Hamilton fame, which makes it even better.
  • Everyone Is Satan in Hell: Once news about Gonzo wearing a dress in the "Gonzorella" episode hit the mainstream, many Moral Guardians slammed the show for promoting a supposed "trans agenda" and "grooming". Even though Gonzo has worn dresses numerous times in Muppet Babies (1984), once flirted with Big Bird on The Muppet Show, and has never even cared about gender (one comic strip had him going to a 'whatever' bathroom). Jim Henson promoted love and acceptance, not hate.
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  • Growing the Beard: The show already started out well, but starting in late season 1, the show is definitely more comfortable at embracing new kinds of comedy while still maintaining the characters' friendship and well written morals.
  • He Really Can Act: Nanny, a down to earth character, is voiced by Jenny Slate in this series. She manages to capture the character's warmth and wisdom really well given that she usually voices characters that are sarcastic, sassy, and/or crazy.
  • Moe: Let's not kid ourselves. The babies are adorable here.
    • Ditto for new character Rozzie, Fozzie's adopted sister; she borders on Tastes Like Diabetes levels of cute! It doesn't hurt that an actual child actress (Charlie Townsend) provides her voice.
  • Narm Charm:
    • "Bunsen Knows All" has Bunsen singing about rubber chicken tree to maintain a lie he told. It's really ridiculous, but does so in a charming way.
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    • Puppy Come Home has our titular characters singing a song about finding their lost puppy, and said puppy is Rizzo . It's very absurd, yet the performance is so heartfelt that you can't help but feel for them.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • This is not the first Muppet production to be entirely computer-animated. MuppetToons, a series of webshorts on the now-defunct MuppetWorld website back in 2000 was also computer animated (albeit through digital puppets that were puppeteered in real-time via the Henson Digital Performance System).
    • Fozzie previously became a big brother in the Muppet Kids book series and instead of an adopted sister, he had a biological brother named Freddie.
    • In the same book series, he also had an Awkward First Sleepover at Kermit’s house, just like he does in "Wocka Bye Fozzie."
  • Periphery Demographic: There's a good deal of adult fans for the show, both Muppet fans and fans of Tom Warburton's work.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: “Planet Gonzo” is what many people would call, Muppets from Space done right.
  • Unexpected Character: It's probably safe to say nobody expected a cameo from an adult, live-action Dr. Teeth (role reprised by Bill Barretta), even if it does only happen in an Imagine Spot.
    • Surely, The Swedish Chef and Sam the Eagle as babies were additions that threw some people off-guard.
    • Did anyone really expect SWEETUMS to make a guest appearance in this show?
    • The character shown on Ms. Nanny's keys in "The Best Best Friends Beach Day" is Waldo C. Graphic, a CGI puppet character created in real-time. Ironically, he's shown in 2D.
    • "A Very Sticker Situation/Boo Boo Bamboozle" brings forth the show's version of Jill, one of the Mad Ave Advertising executive frogs who was first seen in The Muppets Take Manhattan. A movie released 37 years prior, and not even owned by Disney. Unexpected wouldn't BEGIN to cover it!

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