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Kermit the Frog Through the Years

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The Evolution of Kermit the Frog (1955-present)


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.
250px 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's body is rounder.
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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