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Kermit the Frog
Background information
Feature films The Muppet Movie
The Great Muppet Caper
The Little Mermaid (animated cameo)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Muppet Treasure Island
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
The Muppets
Muppets Most Wanted
Short films
Television programs The Muppet Show
Muppet Babies (as a young frog)
Little Muppet Monsters
MuppeTelevision
Muppets Tonight
Good Luck Charlie (guest star)
Muppet Moments
The Muppets (2015)
Video games My Muppets Show
Disney INFINITY series (townsperson)
Tap Tap Muppets
Muppets Puzzle Party
Park attractions Muppet Vision 3-D
Midship Detective Agency
Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade
Here Come the Muppets
Muppets on Location: Days of Swine and Roses
The American Adventure (cameo)
Portrayed by Jim Henson (1955–1990)
Steve Whitmire (1990–present)
John Kennedy (Disney Cruise Line)
Artie Esposito (understudy)
Portrayed by
Animators Muppeteer Jim Henson
Voice Frank Welker (animation)
Performance model Jim Henson Productions
Designer Jim Henson
Inspiration
Honors and awards Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1st place in WatchMojo.com's Top 10 Muppets from the Muppet Show
Character information
Full name
Other names Kermie (referred to by Miss Piggy)
Kerm (referred to by Clifford)
Green Stuff
Rosenthal (referred to as Miss Piggy's lawyer; in the Great Muppet Caper)
Boffo Socko Agent (in the Muppets Take Manhattan)
Phillip Phil (in the Muppets Take Manhattan; when he lost his memory)
Bob Cratchit (in the Muppet Christmas Carol)
Captain Abraham Smollett (in Muppet Treasure Island)
Scarecrow (in the Muppets' Wizard of Oz)
Frog
Mr. the Frog
Personality Cheerful, selfless, anxious, optimistic, loving, caring, wise, humorous, easily-frustrated, plucky, level-headed, excitable, sweet, humble, down-to-earth, snarky, smarmy, sarcastic, a wise guy at times
Appearance Slender green frog, white eyes with black stilted pupils, a pair of four fingers and thumbs, olive drab collar with 11 points
Occupation Leader of the Muppets
Host of the Muppet Show
Actor
Producer
Director
News reporter
Alignment
Affiliations Muppets
Alignment Good
Goal
Home Leland, Mississippi (formerly)
Hollywood (currently)
Relatives Robin the Frog (nephew)
Several younger brothers and sisters
Mr. and Mrs. The Frog (parents)
Fozzie Bear (brother; in The Great Muppet Caper)
Pets
Allies Jim Henson, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Camilla, Scooter, Rowlf the Dog, Robin the Frog, Pepe the King Prawn, Clifford, Rizzo the Rat, Sam the Eagle, Dr. Teeth, Animal, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Lips, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Statler and Waldorf, Bobo the Bear, Johnny Fiama, Sal Minella, Thog, Sweetums, Pete, Jenny, Ronnie Crawford, Muppet Yoda, Gary, Mary, Walter, Mickey and Friends, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Teddy Duncan, Nadya, Jean Pierre Napoleon, Dominic Badguy (formerly), Bernie the Agent, Lady Holiday, other Muppets and humans
Minions 80s Robot
Scooter
Enemies Statler and Waldorf (because of their heckling), Taminella Grinderfall, Doc Hopper, Snake Walker, Professor Krassman, Nicky Holiday, Marla, Carla, Darla, Long John Silver, Tex Richman, The Moopets, Constantine, Dominic Badguy
Likes Playing music (especially his banjo), making movies, putting on shows, songs, dancing, making people happy, spending time in the swamp, being with friends and relatives, cracking jokes, making new friends, helping others
Dislikes Harassments, getting eaten, making Miss Piggy angry, Statler and Waldorf's criticisms, things getting way too out-of-hand, violence, being mistaken for Constantine
Powers and abilities His great leadership and inspiration
His excellent knowledge
Weapons
Fate
Quote "Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here!"
"YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!"
"What the hey?"
"Good grief!"
"It's not easy being green."
Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here!
―Kermit
YAY!!!!
―Kermit
It's not easy being green.
―Kermit

Kermit the Frog is Jim Henson's most famous Muppet creation. He was the mascot and logo of The Jim Henson Company and is the main protagonist in most projects in The Muppets franchise.

Kermit's most well-known catchphrase is "Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here!" He typically introduced acts on The Muppet Show by waving his arms wildly and shouting "Yaaay!" (a technique he learned from his old acting coach, Mr. Dawson).

Background

Kermit grew up with thousands of siblings in a swamp. In The Muppets at Walt Disney World, it was revealed that the swamp he grew up in is located near Walt Disney World. Kermit also has a nephew named Robin. In The Muppet Movie, Kermit was inspired to head to Hollywood, encountering the rest of the Muppets along the way. Together, they were given a standard "rich and famous" contract by Lew Lord of Wide World Studios and began their careers. In other materials, Kermit is presented as having a friendship and partnership with his original puppeteer Jim Henson, and credits Henson as being the individual to whom he owes his fame.

Kermit's relationship with Miss Piggy is prominent among the Muppets, although Kermit insists that they have a "professional relationship". In The Muppet Show, he was often pursued by Miss Piggy, who made no secret of her love for him, but he generally rebuffed her advances. However, he actually has gotten jealous of male guest stars that Miss Piggy liked and also performed a few duets and danced with her.

Development

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A "lizard-like" creature Kermit

The "early" version of Kermit first debuted in 1955 on Jim Henson's Sam and Friends puppet show. In this iteration, Kermit was a lizard-like, abstract creature. In later years, Kermit's identity as a frog was asserted in 1968 followed by a redesign that made his appearance closer to a frog.

When The Muppet Show was in development, Kermit was not intended to be the main character. It was suggested to Jim Henson that Kermit be the star instead when the pilot's original host did not work as a main character.

Kermit became a star when he hosted The Muppet Show, acting as the host and the person ultimately in charge of what went on during the show. During the first season, it seemed as if he treated his fellow cast and crew members more like employees, but later on, as the characters developed, it became clear that they were his friends as well.

Appearances

The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie revolved around Kermit's journey to Hollywood and the new friends he encountered along the way, friends who shared his dream to make it big in show business. In the film, he meets a Hollywood agent named Bernie while playing his his banjo and singing "The Rainbow Connection". Bernie discovers his talent and inspires him to set out for Hollywood. For a chance to make "make millions of people happy", Kermit heads west for auditions. He comes to the El Sleezo Cafe where he met Fozzie, who performs in front of a booing audience and Kermit helps him by dancing. He later invites Fozzie to join him in Hollywood. However, a businessman named Doc Hopper wants Kermit to star in his French Fried Frog Legs restaurant chain, he denies the Doc's requests. Coming near an old church, they encounter Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and their manager, Scooter, who help them avoid being spotted by Doc Hopper. After being joined by Gonzo and his chicken girlfriend, Camilla, they stop at a county fair where they meet Miss Piggy, who instantly lays eyes on Kermit upon winning a beauty pageant.

Later, they go out on a date and Miss Piggy received a phone call and leaves, leaving Kermit depressed. Kermit receives a call from Doc Hopper who says that he captured Miss Piggy and orders him to come outside, which he does and gets captured as well. Fortunately, Miss Piggy attacks Doc's henchmen and frees Kermit. After Miss Piggy receives a call, she leaves. Rowlf joins the group afterwards and Miss Piggy rejoins. Soon, their car breaks down and they became stranded. Kermit feels upset, thinking that he let everyone down. His conscience tells him that whether he promised something or not, they wanted to come, not because they believed in him but in their dreams. Then, Dr. Teeth, the Electric Mayhem, and Scooter reappear and give them a ride on their bus.

On their way, they are stopped by Doc Hopper's sidekick Max, who warns Kermit about Snake Walker, a frog-killer that Doc hired, who is going to kill him. He decides to do a showdown with Doc in a ghost town where they meet Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker. Kermit tries to talk Doc into backing off so he and his friends can follow their dream, but Doc orders his men to kill them until they are scared off by Animal who had grown from eating Honeydew's Insta-Grow Pills.

The gang finally arrives in Hollywood and asks Lew Lord to audition, which leads him to prepare the "standard rich and famous contract for Kermit and Company". They make their first movie, which is about what they've done before that the audience watched all along. An accident occurred, causing the sets to collapse and explosions to occur. After the smoke clears, a rainbow stream appears through the now-damaged ceiling of the soundstage and all the Muppet characters The Muppets attempt to make their first movie about their experiences. However, the first take suddenly erupts into a catastrophic accident that forms a large hole in the roof through which a portion of rainbow shines through on the Muppets. All the Muppet characters (including the Sesame Street cast) sing one last reprise of "The Rainbow Connection" as the film ends.

The Great Muppet Caper

Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo play newspaper reporters for the Daily Chronicle. Kermit and Fozzie, specifically, are playing identical twin reporters, which becomes the source of a running gag - supposedly, nobody can tell they are twins unless Fozzie wears his hat. They are eventually assigned to investigate the theft of valuable jewels from fashion designer Lady Holiday. They travel to London to interview her and stay at the dilapidated (but free) Happiness Hotel. When Kermit seeks out Lady Holiday in her office however, he instead finds Miss Piggy, the love of his life, and fails to recognize her, mistaking her for the fashion designer.

At a night club restaurant, Kermit and Miss Piggy dance together, unbeknownst that Lady Holiday's necklace is stolen by her jealous brother, Nicky and his assistants, the true jewel theives. During the robbery, Miss Piggy's charade is revealed and she leaves Kermit behind. The next day, in a park, Kermit tells her that she lied to him because she fell in love with him and warns her that Nicky (who she was dancing with) was a jewel thief, but she retorts to him that he is jealous and they get into an argument, upsetting her. They apologize to each other and take a bike ride around the park.

After taking part in a swimming opera concert, Miss Piggy is framed for the necklace theft by Nicky's group, leaving the group the opportunity to steal an even more valuable prize - the The Fabulous Baseball Diamond. However, Gonzo overhears them and warns Kermit's crew, giving them no choice but to intercept and catch the thieves themselves in order to vindicate Miss Piggy. Kermit, disguised as a prison lawyer, visits her prison and explains to her that he and the other Muppets will get her out of there and stop the thieves from stealing the diamond to prove she is innocent, and they share a spontaneous kiss.

The Muppets get to the Mallory Gallery and get to the Baseball Diamond at the same time as the thieves use it in a game of keep-away and later baseball. Miss Piggy, meanwhile, has escaped from prison and finds a motorcycle which she uses to crash into the Gallery's window, knocking Nicky, who is holding Kermit hostage, out in the process. As the police arrive, she is cleared from all charges, the thieves are arrested, and the Muppets get their deserved credit for foiling the heist. They then return to America the same way they departed, being thrown out of the cargo hold and parachuting back to Earth.

Other Movies

In The Muppets Take Manhattan, Kermit writes a musical called Manhattan Melodies, which he attempted to put on Broadway. He also works part-time at Pete's Luncheonette, and wears a few disguises in his attempts to sell the show to Broadway producers. While having amnesia after getting hit by a cab, he takes a job as an Ocean Breeze producer with three other frogs, Bill, Jill, and Gill, until his real friends find him and whisk him away to the New York City theatre. Miss Piggy restores his memory with a punch after he mocks the idea of romance between a pig and a frog. During their big Broadway premiere musical finale, she tricks him into marrying her. This later played a major role in the 2011 Muppets film.

Although he appeared as himself in Muppets from Space, Kermit also took on different identities in The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and the TV movie The Muppets Wizard of Oz, playing the roles of Bob Cratchit, Captain Abraham Smollett and the Scarecrow, respectively. In all of these films, he played a more secondary role, acting as part of the ensemble rather than the main character.

In 2002, Kermit was featured in the direct-to-video release Kermit's Swamp Years, which offered a glimpse into his life in the swamp as a young frog.

Also in 2002, Kermit was one of the main characters in the full-length TV movie It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. Loosely based on the classic film It's a Wonderful Life, he learns what the world would be like if he was never born.

Kermit was the main character once again in the 2011 film The Muppets, alongside new Muppet member Walter. Disney's official description of his role in the film is as follows:

In Disney's The Muppets, Kermit the Frog lives a quiet, solitary life. It's been a few years since the Muppets last performed together and Kermit doesn't realize how much he misses his friends until he's tracked down by Walter, Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, and convinced to reunite with the rest of the Muppets to save Muppet Studios.

Returning to the role he made famous in six previous Muppet movies, The Muppet Show and countless TV specials and internet videos, is Kermit. "I've played other parts, like Bob Cratchit in The Muppet Christmas Carol and Captain Smollett in Muppet Treasure Island, says Kermit, "but I think me is my favorite part."

The role is a bit of a departure for the frog known for his unifying spirit and award-winning songs like "The Rainbow Connection." "The movie is filled with comedy, music and adventure—like all the Muppet movies," says Kermit. "But I play quite a dramatic role. You see a side of me that maybe you haven't see before—and I'm not just talking about new camera angles. Acting wise, I really stretch to play me. One of my favorite moments is singing a brand new original song called 'Pictures in My Head.' I walk through the halls of a big mansion looking at portraits of my Muppet friends and missing those guys. It was very emotional… and I think it will disprove critics who've said 'the frog can't emote.'" He, who's always the glue that holds the Muppets together, has a big job in this movie, going head to head with Tex Richman—a guy who's lost his laugh—to save the studio.

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Disney Parks

Kermit made his first Disney Parks appearance in 1989 at Walt Disney World when the Jim Henson Company sold the Muppets to Disney.

He also served as the host in the former show Here Come the Muppets that ran from May 25, 1990 to September 2, 1991 and would be replaced by Voyage of the Little Mermaid in early 1992.

In 2001, Kermit and Piggy appeared in the Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade which ran until 2008.

He and Miss Piggy also served as the hosts of the 2004 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade and the guests of the grand opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.

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Trivia

  • A statue of Henson and Kermit was erected on the campus of the former's alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • He is the only amphibian to have had the honor of addressing the Oxford Union.
  • In Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, his catch phrase is spelled "Heigh ho" like the rather than "Hi ho". This phrase is also a musical chant performed by the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Kermit makes a cameo in Disney/Touchstone's 2011 CG film Gnomeo & Juliet on the front of Mr. Capulet's T-shirt.
  • He made a cameo in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium shopping for frog toys.
  • Jim Henson's last appearances as Kermit on Sesame Street includes a Sesame Street News Flash segment in which he interviews a bird whose parents live in different trees and the song "I Wonder 'Bout the World Above Up There".
  • When Steve Whitmire was mailed the Kermit puppet for the first time, he noticed that it "smelled like Jim." When he put it on to perform in front of a mirror, he had him turn around to him, seeming to be encouraging him to say something. Whitmire was so scared that he shelved it in another room and didn't even look at it for almost a month.[1]
  • Kermit, unlike most Muppets (and frogs), has five fingers on each hand.
  • In a November 2011 appearance on George Stroumboulopoulos, he says he has transparent eyelids.
    • However, in an interview with him and Ross Lynch for Muppets Most Wanted, he states that none of the Muppets ever blink.
  • He appears to have a crush on Mila Kunis: During the Muppets' appearance on Google+ Hangout, Miss Piggy demanded to know why he was looking up "Mila Kunis images."
  • In the 1990 TV special The Muppets at Walt Disney World, he mentions to have known Mickey Mouse for a long time and that the two of them are both members of F.A.S.A. (Fictional Animal Stars of America). 
  • Kermit's film apperances in The Muppets Take Manhattan, Muppets from Space and Kermit's Swamp Years are both owned by Sony Pictures
  • He noticeably sucks in his head when he is breathing or nervous.
  • He, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal, Camilla, and the other chickens appeared on the Good Luck Charlie episode Duncan Dream House and singing "Dream House".
  • In Disney INFINITY, Kermit the Frog appears as a townsperson.
  • On April 18, 2015, a new species of glass frog Hyalinobatrachium dianae (Diane's bare-hearted glass frog) was discovered with an uncanny resemblance to Kermit. Comparisons between the frog and Kermit became viral following images posted of the glass frog's discovery.[2]

External links

Sources

  1. Plume, Kenneth Muppet Central interview
  2. http://time.com/3828716/new-species-kermit-frog-costa-rica/
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The Great Muppet Caper: Hey a Movie! | Happiness Hotel | Steppin' Out With a Star | Night Life | The First Time It Happens | Couldn't We Ride
The Muppet Christmas Carol: Scrooge | Good King Wenceslas | Marley and Marley | Chairman of the Board | Fozziwig's Party | When Love is Gone | It Feels Like Christmas | Christmas Scat | Bless Us All | Thankful Heart
Muppet Treasure Island: Treasure Island | Shiver My Timbers | Something Better | Sailing for Adventure | Cabin Fever | Boom Shakalaka | Love Led Us Here | Love Power | Love Led Us Here
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz: Kansas | When I'm With You | Nap Time | The Witch Is in the House | Calling All Munchkins | Good Life
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa: Delivering Christmas | It's All About Heart | I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus | My Best Christmas Yet
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