Muppet Babies

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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 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.

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.

Tropes used in Muppet Babies include:

Animal: Go bye bye!
Piggy: No, Animal, the show's not over yet!
Animal: Sorry.
Piggy: It's ok.

  • Burping Contest: Animal holds this with rocks and some others in "Journey to the Center of the Nursery".
  • Butt Monkey: Gonzo's fates in many of the go bye-bye skits are shockingly cruel.
  • Canon Foreigner: Skeeter, though an adult version of her has recently made appearances in The Muppet Show Comic Book, so (depending on how much you're willing to take the comics as canon), she may be verging into Canon Immigrant territory.
  • Cat Fight: Piggy and Skeeter at least 3 times. For someone so young, Piggy sure can be vicious...
  • 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.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Fozzie Bear suffers this greatly, Not only from his friends but also from his imaginary audience when the 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!
  • 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.
  • Couch Gag: Animal's "Go bye-bye!" occurs in different settings and styles, based on the theme of the episode.
  • Cute Bruiser: Piggy. "HI-YAH!"
  • Different As Night and Day with a Half-Identical Twins chaser: Scooter and Skeeter.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Once an Episode.
  • Do Not Pass Go: In the Valentine's Day episode, Scooter has his computer generate a Valentine's Day poem, but it's not what he was expecting:

Roses are red
Pickles are blue

Have a nice banana
You live at the zoo.
Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 (over an image of a banana behind jail bars)


Piggy: I'm not playing any wicked queen! Why... I haven't got a DROP of wicked in me!!!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "I Want" Song: "The Biggest Little Pig In Hollywood" in the episode "This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood".
  • Mad Love Triangle: Piggy's crush on Kermit, Gonzo's crush on Piggy.
  • May the Farce Be with You
  • 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!").
  • Never Say "Die": In "Slipping Beauty", Piggy comes down with chickenpox. While she had to be isolated to prevent an epidemic, the rest of the Muppets gather items to keep Piggy busy as she was recovering, among them is a walkie-talkie. Piggy is told the story of Sleeping Beauty, but if anyone is familiar with the story, the princess was cursed to die before. However, Fozzy had to change the part and explain the princess would fell into eternal sleep, much like in the story.
  • Non-Nude Bathing: This is justified because they are children, and there are some scenes they are seen taking a bath while wearing clothes.
  • Not Quite Starring: A weird example: none of the original puppeteers reprized their roles as their respective characters.
  • Off-Model: It is a Marvel animation production (see also My Little Pony)... But then AKOM took over...
  • Pirate Girl: In one episode, the kids pretended to be treasure hunters and encountered a trio of female pirates.
  • Produce Pelting:

Fozzie: "Something tells me I oughta give up comedy and go into the tomato sauce business."