Disney Junior has officially announced who will be stepping into Miss Nanny’s iconic tights in its upcoming Muppet Babies reboot and the choice couldn’t be more fitting. Alongside a behind-the-scenes look at the series, it was revealed that Jenny Slate will be voicing the role of the beloved caretaker, voiced by Barbara Billingsley in the original animated series.
The series follows young iterations of many of the classic Muppets created by Jim Henson — Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Gonzo, and Summer Penguin — as they create, explore, and stretch their imaginations under the loving and watchful eye of Miss Nanny. Like the original series, which ran from 1984 to 1991, Nanny will only be featured from the torso down, but Deadline reports that in the new series, she’ll don different patterned tights each episode.
In the featurette, Jenny Slate revealed that she was a fan of the original series growing up and was thrilled at the prospect of voicing Miss Nanny. She explained, “I was so excited when they asked me to be Miss Nanny. 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.”
Check out Slate as Miss Nanny in the featurette:
With her distinctive, excitable voice, Slate couldn’t be a more perfect choice for the genial and encouraging Miss Nanny.
We’re seriously so excited that a whole new generation of kids is going to grow up with Muppet Babies and can’t wait to check out Jenny Slate as Miss Nanny when the series premieres on Disney Junior in March!