Just listen to Jenny Slate talk about her new role for Disney Junior’s Muppet Babies reboot and you’ll understand instantly why she’s the best person for the job.
“I was so excited when they asked me to be Miss Nanny,” the Obvious Child and Gifted star says in a new behind-the-scenes video of her announcement. “I was excited in general to hear that the Muppet Babies were returning to television. I am a lifelong Muppet fan. I watched the original show as a kid.”
Slate — who also voiced roles in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time, and Disney’s Zootopia — will voice Miss Nanny, the caretaker who’s only visible from the neck down. The actress succeeds Barbara Billingsley, who lent her dulcet pipes to the character in the original Muppet Babies that aired during the late 1980s and early ’90s.
“I think that Miss Nanny really pays attention to each of the Muppets and she sort of accepts their nature,” Slate says. “She’s not trying to get Animal to be straight-laced and not be Animal. She’s a good nanny and a good caretaker for them because she nurtures what they have inside of themselves, which is really, really sweet.”
Kermit the Frog (Gravity Falls‘ Matt Danner), Piggy (Fish Hooks‘ Melanie Harrison), Fozzie Bear (The Adventures of Puss in Boots‘ Eric Bauza), Gonzo (The Spectacular Spider-Man‘s Ben Diskin), Animal (Milo Murphy’s Law‘s Dee Bradley Baker), and Summer Penguin (Puppy Dog Pals‘ Jessica DiCicco) also feature in the reboot.
Tom Warburton will executive produce Muppet Babies, while SpongeBob SquarePants‘ Eric Shaw serves as story editor and co-producer. The reboot will debut on Disney Channel this March.
Watch Slate in the featurette above.