Animated series based on the classic comic strip by Hank Ketcham. America's most well-known little terror, Dennis the Menace, gets into numerous scrapes and adventures with his dog Ruff and... See full summary »
The animated adventures of Jim Henson's Muppets as babies. Baby Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Animal, Fozzie, Rowlf, Scooter, Skeeter (and occasionally Bunsen, Beaker, and Bean Bunny), under the care of their green striped socks-wearing Nanny, get into mischief using their imaginations. Songs highlighted the series. Written by
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Some of The Muppets' more popular puppet costars are conspicuously absent from this animated version, except in stock clips from The Muppet Show (1976) and related projects. Most of Doctor Teeth's Electric Mayhem Band are absent because their Muppet Show gags revolve primarily around thinly veiled indications of drug use, a big no-no for a children's show. The exception is their drummer Animal, whose shtick is simply being insane and feral, which is apparently OK for children to see. Crazy Harry, an active vandal who goes one step beyond Animal in the lunacy department, was probably seen as a bad role model whose appearance would have jinxed the show's chances of being made. Uncle Sam Eagle, the sourpuss straight-man of the Muppet Show, doesn't suit the playful, anything-goes mood of the cartoon and would have been off-putting to children. Rizzo the Rat was probably too unappealing and/or unnecessarily redundant to other characters' functions. It is odd and inexplicable that Sweetums the Monster was left out, considering the enduring popularity of his fellow Monsters on Sesame Street (1969), aimed at the same demographic - perhaps it was an issue of time and cast constraints on the series. The absence of most other characters including Swedish Chef, Lew Zealand, Beauregard the Janitor, and the Statler & Waldorf duo, can probably be chalked up to the fact that it's a bit difficult, even with the most permissive Muppet logic, to even imagine these characters as babies. See more »
I loved this show as a little kid! The characters were just what Jim Henson created, they used their imaginations to have fun. My favorite Muppets have been and will always be Gonzo and Rowlf! I remember the cassette tape that they made and the songs encouraging kids to do what they want with their lives and I think that's great! My only problem was you never saw Nanny's face! That scared the dickens out of me! Now watching them as an adult, I love the hidden jokes for parents, and the allusions to classic movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and The Wizard of Oz. I can't wait to be a parent so I can introduce my children to shows like this that, (Pardon the cliché) make learning fun! My mother let us watch it to teach us tolerance, the use of imagination,take care of the earth, and looks can be deceiving. Shows like The Muppet Babies, THe Gummi Bears, Garfield and friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Talespin made Saturday mornings great and growing up a lot more fun.
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