UK toy maker Pelham Puppets released two Muppet marionettes of Kermit and Animal. This is the only official Kermit marionette ever produced. Bob Pelham's original puppet design for Kermit was as a hand puppet. The design was rejected, however, as it looked too similar to another company's Kermit plush. So, a marionette Kermit was produced. Bob did not like the marionette, which is why it went into limited production after Bob's death in 1980.