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The Frog Prince is a classic fairy tale (most famously told by The Brothers Grimm) about a princess, who befriends a frog that's actually a prince under a spell. In most versions, the spell is broken by a kiss between the two.

Since the most well-known Muppet character is a frog, references to the story are often made in various Muppet productions. The most substantial was the production of the story with the Tales From Muppetland special, The Frog Prince.

References

  • On the November 16, 1975 Cher show, Kermit tells Chastity Bono that sometimes kissing a frog would turn him into a handsome prince. "Didn't happen that time," he says.
  • In another Sesame Street News Flash sketch, a princess picks reporter Kermit as her prince, hoping a kiss will turn him into one. She instead turns into a frog and the two head off to the "hop."
  • A reversal of the story, in which a princess (Maria) kisses a prince (David) and turns him back into a frog (Kermit), was told by Grover in a Sesame Street fairytale sketch.
  • An early draft of The Muppet Movie included a scene where Kermit is kissed by a gas station attendant, disappointed he doesn't turn into her handsome prince. A dashing prince rides up on a horse just after, needing a fill up.
  • While singing "At Your Library" dressed as a princess, Olivia kisses a frog, and shrugs when nothing happens.
  • Kippi Ben Kippod and Moishe Oofnik participate in a version of the story on Rechov Sumsum where they, and two other frogs, wind up in bed with the princess. The curtain closes and Kipi explains to the audience that the princess kissed all four frogs, and they all became beautiful princes.
  • During "Be a Frog" in The Muppet Show episode 406, Robin sings a lyric acknowledging how the story grants himself (and the frogs) enough fame to kiss princesses.
  • During an appearance on Can We Talk?, Joan Rivers asks Kermit if she kissed him, would he turn into a prince. Kermit replies, "We could try it... I wouldn't put any money on it. But it's the sort of thing people try. It may happen some time."
  • Out on a date with Dolly Parton in a 1987 episode of Dolly, Kermit tells Parton that if she should kiss him, there's no prince, "This is as good as it gets." Parton cites his rugged handsomeness as being good enough for her.
  • Miss Piggy and Clive James watch a pre-recorded message from Kermit at The Prince's Trust Comedy Gala in which he tells Prince Charles not to worry if Piggy tries to kiss him, "she's been kissing me for years and I haven't turned into a prince, so I don't think there's any danger of you turning into a frog."
  • In CinderElmo, suitors Ernie and Bert each receive a kiss from the princess. Ernie jokes, "Wow, Bert. We just got kissed by a beautiful princess and we didn't turn into frogs!'
  • In a PSA for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums about the Year of the Frog, Selena Gomez asks Kermit, "may I kiss you?" He warns her that he won't turn into a prince, and she counters that she won't turn into a pig.
  • Sesame Street Episode 4273 is based around the story, where a princess desperately tries kissing a frog to make him a prince.

​Connections

  • Teri Garr played the Princess in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (1982) and also in the Once Upon a Brothers Grimm segment of "The Frog Prince" (1977)
  • Eli Gorenstein played the cook in The Frog Prince (1986 film)
  • Helen Hunt played Henrietta in The Frog Prince (1986 film)
  • Van Dyke Parks played a musician in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (1982)
  • Clive Revill played the king in The Frog Prince (1986 film)
  • Michael Richards played King Geoffrey in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (1982)
  • Robin Williams played the Frog Prince in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (1982)
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