Muppet Babies Play Date is a digital short form series that premiered on the Disney Junior YouTube channel in 2019. The series, which ran weekly from May 17 to August 1, featured the characters from Disney Junior's Muppet Babies reboot reimagined as puppets interacting with live children.
The shorts were specially created to be released between seasons 1 and 2 of the Muppet Babies series. Executive producer Tom Warburton explained its creation in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The Muppet performers (Matt Vogel, Eric Jacobson, Alice Dinnean, and Drew Massey) puppeteered the characters to the voices of the regular cast; including Danner (Kermit), Eric Bauza (Fozzie), Melanie Harrison (Piggy), Ben Diskin (Gonzo), Dee Bradley Baker (Animal), and Jessica DiCicco (Summer).
- Entertainment Weekly "They're not just animated anymore! See the new Muppet Babies as actual Muppets" by Patrick Gomez, May 17, 2019
- Facebook post by Eric Bauza "One of those “Pinch me I’m dreaming” moments... We had the chance to work w/ Matt Vogel, Eric Jacobson & the rest of the Muppeteers on these special live-action shorts premiering today thru Aug 1st on @disneyjunior ‘s YouTube page!!"
- The Muppet Mindset: We Interviewed Muppet Babies’ Matt Danner & Tom Warburton! by Jarrod Fairclough, August 9, 2019
- Personal communication with Alice Dinnean by Anthony T