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'''The Evolution of [[Kermit the Frog]] (1955-present)'''
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The evolution of [[Kermit the Frog]].
 
   
 
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| [[Image:KermitSAF.JPG|250px]] || ''[[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.
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| [[Image:KermitSAF.JPG|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[Sam and Friends]]''<br>(1955-1965)
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| 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.
 
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| [[Image:KermitEdS.JPG|250px]] || ''[[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.
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| [[Image:KermitEdS.JPG|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[The Ed Sullivan Show]]''<br>(1965-1968)
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| 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.
 
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| [[Image:Kermitthefrog1969.jpg|250px]] || ''[[Sesame Street]]''<br />[[Season 1]] || 1968-1970 || Kermit is now officially a frog. From this redesign, he gains a single collar with thirteen points,<ref name="redbook">
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| [[Image:Kermitthefrog1969.jpg|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[Sesame Street]]''<br />[[Season 1]]<br>(1968-1970)
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| Kermit is now officially a frog. From this redesign, he gains a single collar with thirteen points,<ref name="redbook">
 
[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2011/08/20/8201975/ Jim Henson's Red Book entry which discusses Kermit's evolution]</ref> a more rounded body, and flippers. The position of Kermit's eyes give him an almost cross-eyed appearance.
 
[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2011/08/20/8201975/ Jim Henson's Red Book entry which discusses Kermit's evolution]</ref> a more rounded body, and flippers. The position of Kermit's eyes give him an almost cross-eyed appearance.
 
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| [[Image:KermitSS.jpg|250px]] || ''[[Sesame Street]]'' || 1970-1976 || Kermit sports a double collar, although it's never visible when he wears his [[Reporter Kermit|reporter outfit]] for the [[Sesame Street News Flash|News Flash]] segments.
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| [[Image:KermitSS.jpg|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[Sesame Street]]''<br>(1970-1976)
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| Kermit sports a double collar, although it's never visible when he wears his [[Reporter Kermit|reporter outfit]] for the [[Sesame Street News Flash|News Flash]] segments.
 
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| [[Image:KermitTMS.jpg|250px]] || ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' || 1976-1978 || When ''The Muppet Show'' begins, Kermit's collar is a single layer with eleven points.<ref name="redbook"></ref>
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| [[Image:KermitTMS.jpg|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[The Muppet Show]]''<br>(1976-1978)
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| When ''The Muppet Show'' begins, Kermit's collar is a single layer with eleven points.<ref name="redbook"></ref>
 
[[:Image:Kermit in drawer.jpg|A series of Kermit puppets]] built at the same time specifically for ''Sesame Street'' remained in use on the show until 1981.
 
[[:Image:Kermit in drawer.jpg|A series of Kermit puppets]] built at the same time specifically for ''Sesame Street'' remained in use on the show until 1981.
 
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| [[Image:KermitTMM.JPG|250px]] || ''[[The Muppet Movie]]'' || 1978-1981 || In 1978, the company that produced the green cloth from which Kermit was made went out of business.<ref>[[Muppet Morsels]], [[Episode 114: Sandy Duncan]]</ref> 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: Harry Belafonte|Episode 314]]) and surrounding Muppet projects of the time.
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| [[Image:KermitTMM.JPG|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[The Muppet Movie]]''<br>(1978-1981)
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| In 1978, the company that produced the green cloth from which Kermit was made went out of business.<ref>[[Muppet Morsels]], [[Episode 114: Sandy Duncan]]</ref> 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: Harry Belafonte|Episode 314]]) and surrounding Muppet projects of the time.
 
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| [[Image:Gmckermit.jpg|250px]] || ''[[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.
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| [[Image:Gmckermit.jpg|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[The Great Muppet Caper]]''<br>(1981-1982)
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| 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.
 
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| [[Image:KermitMFC.JPG|250px]] || ''[[A Muppet Family Christmas]]''. || 1982-1990 || This version of Kermit has more of a pointier mouth.
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| [[Image:KermitMFC.JPG|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[A Muppet Family Christmas]]''<br>(1982-1990)
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| This version of Kermit has more of a pointier mouth.
 
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| [[Image:KermitonArsenioShow.jpg|250px]] || ''[[The Arsenio Hall Show]]'' || 1990-1996 || Kermit's skin is lighter than the previous version.
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| [[Image:KermitonArsenioShow.jpg|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[The Arsenio Hall Show]]''<br>(1990-1996)
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| Kermit's skin is lighter than the previous version.
 
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| [[Image:KermitMT.JPG|250px]] || ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'' || 1996-2002 || His eyes are slightly repositioned.
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| [[Image:KermitMT.JPG|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[Muppets Tonight]]''<br>(1996-2002)
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| His eyes are slightly repositioned.
 
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| [[Image:Kermit-the-frog.jpg|250px]] || Promotional photo || 2002-2005 ||
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| align=center | Promotional photo<br>(2002-2005)
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| [[Image:Kermit-2011.png|250px]] || ''[[The Muppets' Fan-A-Thon]]'' || 2005-present || Kermit's body is rounder.
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| [[Image:Kermit-2011.png|250px|center]]
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| align=center | ''[[The Muppets' Fan-A-Thon]]''<br>(2005-present)
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| Kermit has a rounder body and dons a slightly thicker collar.
 
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! '''Alternate Kermit Puppets'''!! !! !!
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! '''Alternate Kermit Puppets'''!! !!
 
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| [[Image:Disney'sHonoraryVoluntEarsCavalcade-KermitCollar.jpg|250px]] || [[Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade]] || 2010 only || 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.
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| [[Image:Disney'sHonoraryVoluntEarsCavalcade-KermitCollar.jpg|250px|center]]
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| align=center | [[Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade]]<br>(2010 only)
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| 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.
 
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Revision as of 05:45, October 23, 2012

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.
Kermitthefrog1969
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-2011
The Muppets' Fan-A-Thon
(2005-present)
Kermit has a rounder body and dons a slightly thicker collar.
Alternate Kermit Puppets
Disney'sHonoraryVoluntEarsCavalcade-KermitCollar
Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade
(2010 only)
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.

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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