The #1 channel for preschoolers, Disney Junior, has bolstered its growing portfolio of hit shows for kids age 2-7 by ordering more episodes of three animated series - "Muppet Babies," "Vampirina" and "Puppy Dog Pals" - which combined will reach an average of 515 million households via Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the world. The three series have already delivered over 360 million views on Youtube and social media platforms and nearly 140 million views on VOD, DisneyNOW and related Disney apps.
The announcement was made today by Joe D'Ambrosia, senior vice president, Original Programming, Disney Junior.
D'Ambrosia said, "We're privileged to work with an amazing group of talented creators every day. Our Disney Junior production teams continue to deliver a diverse group of aspirational characters and entertaining, heartfelt stories to which our youngest viewers have developed a remarkable emotional connection. We look forward to more of their imaginative stories on screen and to new opportunities for preschoolers and parents to extend that experience."
"Muppet Babies," the CG animated series that premiered in March 2018, has been picked up for a second season. It chronicles the hilarious playroom antics of a young Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and brand-new Muppet Baby, Summer Penguin. Tom Warburton ("The 7D") is executive producer. Matt Danner ("Gravity Falls") is supervising director and also voices the role of Kermit. The series is a production of OddBot Inc. in association with Disney Junior and THE MUPPETS Studio.
For the past five years (2013-2017) and 2018 to date, Disney Junior reigns as the #1 preschooler network in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49.
An exclusive "Muppet Babies" toy line from Just Play will be available at Target beginning this fall, with a wider assortment set to debut in stores nationwide in spring 2019. Additional items including plush are available now at Disney store and shopDisney.com. All three series are also featured in the popular "Disney Junior Dance PARTY ON Tour," which sold out 55 shows across 54 cities during its inaugural leg of the U.S. tour this spring and will begin its fall run on September 14.