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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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David Gumpel

Writers:

Jim Lewis (teleplay), Joey Mazzarino (teleplay) (as Joseph Mazzarino) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog / Jack Rabbit / Chico (voice)
Bill Barretta ... Croaker / Horace D' Fly / Roy the Frog / Turtle #2 (voice)
Dave Goelz ... Waldorf (voice)
Joey Mazzarino Joey Mazzarino ... Goggles / Turtle #1 (voice) (as Joseph Mazzarino)
John Kennedy John Kennedy ... Blotch / Arnie the Alligator / Monkey (voice)
Alice Dinnean Alice Dinnean ... Pilgrim / Vicki / Kermit's Mom
Jerry Nelson ... Statler (voice)
Cree Summer ... Pilgrim / Kermit's Mom / Star (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jarrod W. Amos Jarrod W. Amos ... Student #3
Ryan H. Amos Ryan H. Amos ... Student #4
William Bookston William Bookston ... Wilson
Kelly Collins Lintz ... Mary
Stephen Denmark Stephen Denmark ... Student
Hampton Dixon Hampton Dixon ... Young Hugo Krassman
Carolyn Green Carolyn Green ... Women
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Storyline

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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His true story, warts and all.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Connections See more »

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Color
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Trivia

During the outtakes before the credits when Kermit is trying to pull Croaker in a locker and keeps getting his hand caught the locker next to them opens showing a poster of a rainbow with the word "Believe" on it as a nod to the song "Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie" which is another origin story of Kermit when he and the Muppets came to be. The song was revived again for the movie "The Muppets" when the Muppets come back after so many years of being away. See more »

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The sign on the shop is Wilson's Pet Shop, but the sign on the truck is Wilson's Pet Store. See more »

Quotes

[Kermit catches a fly]
Horace D'Fly: [muffled] Hey, let me out, you don't know where I've been!
Kermit: [distorted] Okay
[Kermit releases the fly]
Horace D'Fly: You used to be faster, Kermit.
Kermit: Well, you used to be thinner, Horace!
Horace D'Fly: Yeah, I really should stay off those Pu Pu platters!
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Follows Muppet Classic Theater (1994) See more »

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Believe In You
Words and Music by Amanda Marshall and Eric Bazilian
Performed by Amanda Marshall
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
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For lovers and dreamers . . .
12 September 2002 | by GD CughamSee all my reviews

This recent Muppet film has been greeted with accusations of cynical "cashing-in" on the part of the producers. These can be easily batted away, however, when one comes to personally experience this re-imagining of Kermit's origins.

With a batch of new, but undeniably 'muppet' friends, Kermit begins life as just another ordinary frog - but it is the fact that he could love and can dream that sets him apart and on the road to fame.

I was reminded of the opening scenes of 'The Muppet Movie', when 'Rainbow Connection', and the spindly-legged creature singing it, stole my infant heart and replaced it with a font of dreams and wandering imagination. At that age I wondered what Kermit was doing on the swamp planet of Dagobah,not recognising the Florida everglades. In a way, I feel that this was a correct, spiritual link to make - between Henson's musical amphibian and Oz's diminutive sage the common truth that it is "not easy being green" is shared.

With Kermit's name in the title, the film is a must for fans, or rather, kin of the muppets. The 'Disney's franchise' years are behind it, unsavoury memories of the corporate-flavoured 'Muppets in Disneyworld' TV special are expunged from the memory and the renaissance engendered by 'Muppets in Space' continues apace.

The original muppet-makers' hands are less in evidence on this film, but don't let that turn you away. In many ways this is the spiritual cousin, and, oddly, natural accompaniment to the Star Wars prequels.


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