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Kermit the Frog Through the Years

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The evolution of Kermit the Frog.

Image As seen in / Year Notes
KermitSAF
Sam and Friends
(1955-1965)
The original Kermit is an abstract character, and not yet a frog. His feet are rounded, and he doesn't wear his signature collar yet.
KermitEdS
The Ed Sullivan Show
(1965-1968)
Kermit sports a red sweater as his trademark attire during this period. By 1966, Kermit's skin becomes a brighter shade of green. Also, a distinctly angular arch begins to develop on his snout. The puppet was used again in a 1971 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show performing "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face."
Kermit-the-Frog-1970
Sesame Street
Season 1
(1968-1970)
Kermit is now officially a frog. From this redesign, he gains a single collar with thirteen points,[1] a more rounded body, and flippers. The position of Kermit's eyes give him an almost cross-eyed appearance.
KermitSS
Sesame Street
(1970-1976)
Kermit sports a double collar, although it's never visible when he wears his reporter outfit for the News Flash segments.
KermitTMS
The Muppet Show
(1976-1978)
When The Muppet Show begins, Kermit's collar is a single layer with eleven points.[1]

A series of Kermit puppets built at the same time specifically for Sesame Street remained in use on the show until 1981.

KermitTMM
The Muppet Movie
(1978-1981)
In 1978, the company that produced the green cloth from which Kermit was made went out of business.[2] From The Muppet Movie onward, Kermit has been built from antron fleece, giving him a sleeker, cleaner look. This puppet would also be used for the remaining production run of The Muppet Show (starting with Episode 314) and surrounding Muppet projects of the time.
Gmckermit
The Great Muppet Caper
(1981-1982)
The arch down the middle of Kermit's snout (held together by what's known as "the Henson stitch") is more prominent on this puppet.
KermitMFC
A Muppet Family Christmas
(1982-1990)
This version of Kermit has more of a pointier mouth.
KermitonArsenioShow
The Arsenio Hall Show
(1990-1996)
Kermit's skin is lighter than the previous version.
KermitMT
Muppets Tonight
(1996-2002)
His eyes are slightly repositioned.
Kermit-the-frog
Promotional photo
(2002-2005)
Kermit now has a thinner diamond-like shape for his head, with eyes pointed more inward.
Kermit-2011
The Muppets' Fan-A-Thon
(2005-present)
Kermit has a rounder body and dons a slightly thicker collar.
Alternate Kermit Puppets
Voluntears parade 3
Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade A slightly larger "weatherproof" version of Kermit with a much sturdier collar was built for Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade parade that ran in early 2010.

The puppet was later re-used for special sing-along performances at the El Capitan Theatre, preceding screenings of The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jim Henson's Red Book entry which discusses Kermit's evolution
  2. Muppet Morsels, Episode 114: Sandy Duncan

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