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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Jenny Slate to Star in Disney Junior's Reboot of 'Muppet Babies'

Jenny Slate will voice Miss Nanny in Disney Junior's revival of the beloved children’s show, which originally aired 1984-91 on CBS.

The series will use the characters Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, and a new character, Summer Penguin, to encourage creative thinking and imagination.

Miss Nanny's patterned tights will always be a nod to the episode’s theme.

Also joining the cast are Melanie Harrison (Fish Hooks) as Miss Piggy, Dee Bradley Baker (Milo Murphy's Law) as Animal, Ben Diskin (The Spectacular Spider-Man) as Gonzo, Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Fozzie and Jessica DiCicco (Puppy Dog Pals) as Summer. Rounding out the cast as Kermit is Matt Danner (Gravity Falls), who also serves as supervising director on the series.

Tom Warburton (The 7D) is executive producer and Eric Shaw (SpongeBob SquarePants) is story editor and co-producer.

The series is a co-production between Disney Junior, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media's Publishing and Digital Media group, and The Muppets Studio.

In tradition with the original Emmy-winning series, Miss Nanny’s character will be visible only from the torso down. Originally voiced by the late Barbara Billingsley (Leave It to Beaver), the role centers around a woman who takes care of a nursery; the stories are told from the babies’ perspective.

"I was so excited when they asked me to be Miss Nanny; I was excited in general to hear they were returning," Slate, a lifelong Muppets fan, said.

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