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Kermit's Swamp Years (2002)

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At 12 years old, Kermit the Frog and best friends Goggles and Croaker travel outside their homes in the swamps of the Deep South to do something extraordinary with their lives.

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Waldorf (voice)
Joey Mazzarino ...
Goggles / Turtle #1 (voice) (as Joseph Mazzarino)
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Statler (voice)
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Pilgrim / Kermit's Mom / Star (voice)
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Kermit the Frog (Whitmire) whilst on his travels back to the swamp he grew up on, remembers one of his earlier adventures. Kermit, Croaker (Barretta), Goggles (Mazzarino) and Blotch (Kennedy) are sent on a wild adventure into the outside world, when Croaker and bully Blotch and kidnapped and placed in a pet store. It's now up to Kermit and Goggle, with help from a friendly dog called Pilgrim (Summer) to save them. But someone else has his eye on them. Dr Krassman (Hostetter) wants to buy all the frogs and use them in biology lessons. Written by Film_Fan

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3 September 2002 (USA)  »

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The name Professor Krassman has been used in another Muppet movie. In "The Muppet Movie" when Doc Hopper has kidnapped Kermit and Miss Piggy he has brought a German scientist Professor Max Krassman played by Mel Brooks to give Kermit a lobotomy with his machine to make him do his television commercials. However in this movie this Professor Krassman's first name is Hugo. See more »

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In the scene where Young Kermit, Croaker, and Pilgrim are under the bench in George Washington High School, a dark moving figure (possibly Bill Barretta) is seen moving with Croaker. See more »

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Kermit: What was that?
Pilgrim: That was a pig.
Kermit: I hope I never see another one of those again as long as I live.
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Followed by A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) See more »

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A so-so film that will please young children but not many others
23 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It has been many years since Kermit has been home so he gets on his scooter and heads back to the swamp. Driving down the road to the swamp Kermit reminisces about the first time he saw that road. He was only a small frog when he and his friends ventured out onto it for the first time – only for two of them to get picked up by a driver in a red truck. Kermit and his other friend were forced to set out after the truck to try and rescue their friends from the terrors of the outside world.

Using the hook of the famous Muppet character in his early years, this film delivers a version of Toy Story where Kermit is forced out into the unfamiliar world to rescue his friends (although where this leaves Muppet Babies in the Muppet universe is beyond me). The plot is basic though and lacks any real emotion or intelligence in the way that Toy Story was and the total film is pretty basic. It has a few laughs along the way for adults but mainly this will appeal to younger children who will be amused by the puppets and engaged by the bad guy of Dr Krassman. I doubt very much though that such basic antics will appeal to older viewers – certainly not to adult viewers who have fond memories of the wit and energy of the Muppet Show.

The voice work is all fine, with Whitmire doing a good job as Kermit, while Barretta, Goelz, Mazzarino and others all fill in well enough. The human cast are so-so; Haggard's not great and try as he might, Hostetter isn't that great a bad guy and can't pull of genuine menace and comedy – so he ends up doing neither particularly well. The tone of the film is overly comic and it does prevent it do anything of significance. Overall a so-so film that will please young children but doesn't do anything else well enough to be of greater value.


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