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Did anyone else watch Muppet Babies?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Movies205, Jan 1, 2003.

  1. Movies205

    Movies205 Well-Known Member

    I wish I get a DVD of Muppet Babies because it what got me into the Muppets. I am 15 and when I was a little kid my favorite show was muppet babies on Nickolodean and I love this show, and I love the movies. Surprisingly enough I haven't watch one episode of the Muppet Show, which I want to do, I will proberly buy the DVD. But did anyone else like this show?
  2. wockawocka

    wockawocka Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I loved it, but I can't remember it too much. I watched a few special episodes from our library and loved them! Muppet Babies was such a great show! :D
  3. muppetgirl72

    muppetgirl72 Member

    I watched it when I was a kid.
  4. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Well-Known Member

    *grins* Look at my avatar and then ask me that question ;)

    Yes, I loved Muppet Babies. It was my first introduction to the world of the Muppets, aside from snatches I remember from the first three movies. Skeeter and Scooter were always my favorites (and Scooter is my favorite Muppet...but we won't go into that now). It was a much better cartoon show than some of the stuff that's being aired today, that's for certain.

  5. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Well-Known Member

    Re: *grins* Look at my avatar and then ask me that question ;)

    nods in agreement

  6. Gonzo

    Gonzo Well-Known Member

    I loved it, even though I was already 12 when the cartoon started up! Great imagination, great themes, characters, and an imaginative way to continue the Muppet characters while Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and the rest were busy pursuing other things.

    And it gave June Cleaver a job again.

    I'm an old, old man.

  7. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Muppet Babies stands as one of the purest, epic, and original innovators of brillaint programming for kids.

    It is astonishing and unfortunate how some individuals seem to balk at it...Muppet Babies was the personifacation of innocence, wonder, imagination, creativity, and exploration.

    I wish to someday aquire my favorite episodes one of these days.
  8. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Muppet Babies had terrible animation. Balk, balk, balk. (I sound like Camilla) LOL! :) I feel that they could have achieved smoother animation had they pasted the characters on Popsicle sticks and moved them around. I wish it had been a higher grade animation or had been done with puppets. After the first season, the novelty wore off for me.
  9. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member


    I grew up watching Muppet Babies too, since at the time it was on I was too scared of the Muppet Show to watch that. I think I watched MB in the early morning before school. I really enjoyed it.
  10. kansasteen14

    kansasteen14 Well-Known Member

    I also watched it and did like it
  11. Fiery Princess

    Fiery Princess Active Member

    I used to watch the Muppet Babies all the time. I loved it too! I still have been known to sing my own personal rendition of the theme song at random moments during the day. LOL :p I agree that it is a better show than the ones aired today...I don't remember that the animation "sucked" it looked great to me when I watched it. Being a show designed for younger children I doubt too many that viewed it did notice :). I was too busy getting all into the adventures!!!!
  12. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Not only did the animation *not* suck(at least the early to late mid 80's when I watched it), but it was a brave concept that combined a variety of animation meshed with wacky clips, etc. It was a breathless cusory illustration of pure genius, and think it is leaps and bounds over a lot of insulting kid's programs these days. No other fostered your imagination or sense of wonder like MB did. I look at whats on tv these days kiddy show wise, and I thank my lucky macaoles I was raised when I was.
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Issues I had with the animation:

    *It was stiff and choppy (not fluid like other low budget animated programs). Muppet Babies should have more bounce to them, but seemed like cardboard cut-outs to me. Many shows still have that sort of shabby animation drawn in some third-world country. I expected better from Henson.

    *Characters often didn't maintain proportional consistency - especially in their faces. Transitions from profile to 3/4 etc could be dreadful at times.

    *It was 6-frame animation (and a lot of times less). Characters were often drawn poorly. I really don't think they made the best with what they had. It was probably an issue with Marvel and not Jim Henson. They probably felt they didn't need to do any better. People often rag on the animation (of classic Muppet Characters) in Little Muppet Monsters and I see it as the same shabby job. The difference was the Babies had a better writing team.

    *I liked the live-action/animation mix. There were a few good stories that I remember (I loved it when they went in Bunsen and Beaker's spooky lab).The songs were a nice touch too. The voices got on my nerves, but Howie Mandel is not my favorite person anyway. LOL!

    *It certainly isn't that I hate the Muppet Babies or that the animation totally "sucked". It just wasn't the quality program that Jim Henson usually made. Everyone has that one Muppet project they wish could have been made better and this is mine. I looked past the issues in the first season (I must have been 8 or 9), but I lost interest in the second year.

    *It was a good show for kids and I will give it that, but most of Henson's work transcended the kiddy-ness. This never did in my eyes and the older I got, all I could see was low-grade animation and good intentions. I loved the puppets. I know there’s a lot of nostalgia attached to the show and some filter their perceptions through it – and some people just downright like the show. As someone who has studied film and television, if a project touches your heart, you are never wrong to like it. No matter what anyone else says. :)

    BTW - Has anyone else wondered why Baby Rowlf (the toon and the puppet) had a red mouth and pink tongue like the rest of the characters? Was this a conscious choice or an error they just ran with? Just wondering about your opinions.
  14. Sir Didymus

    Sir Didymus Well-Known Member

    I remember when I was little, I like the theme song for some reason. But i never accually watched it. I would like to see it on T.V. again someday.

  15. Movies205

    Movies205 Well-Known Member

    MB had a lot of freedom and htat what I liked about it. It could go anywhere it wanted to go, cuz it use imagination and it was very good.
  16. Gonzo

    Gonzo Well-Known Member

    Hey Jamie,

    Thanks for your comments--that was a little more detailed than some of your other posts on the topic, and it's a more fair and balanced look at it. I accept it.

    But I still like Muppet Babies.

    Howie Mandel's Animal and Skeeter still make my eye twitch.

  17. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Forgot he did both characters. I feel that I didn't explain my thoughts on the Muppet Babies enough until now. There are few things in this world that I 100% do not like (Robert Downey Jr in anything, complaint rock, fast food and preempting shows to broadcast baseball games etc). The Muppet Babies were just a disappointment to me. Nothing more than that. I just was struck by how many people thought it was brilliant.
  18. Gonzo

    Gonzo Well-Known Member

    Robert Downey Jr. in anything? That surprises me.

    I think the Muppet Babies were mind-blowing for so many people on this particular board because it was a change of genre from puppetry to animation; it was seen at an influential age; and blening animation with live-action is something they hadn't seen yet in quite that way. So for them, it was all that. It wasn't quite that amazing for me, but I think it was an innovative way to take those characters and do something with them that was quite different.
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I can see that. I wouldn't be opposed to Henson bringing back the Babies with a new team of artists and new characters (and voices). It would be fun to see the Mayhem and even Pepe in the mix. Maybe even update it. I feel if the show had been released today, that the quality of animation would have probably been better. There are so many competing companies these days.

    It would also be cool if Nanny would ever let those poor kids go outside in the real world for once! No wonder those kids had such imaginations. Geez. LOL!
  20. SillyRed

    SillyRed Well-Known Member

    The animation got better later on:cool:

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