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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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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 ... Blotch / Arnie the Alligator / Monkey (voice)
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
Bill Bookston Bill Bookston ... Wilson (as William Bookston)
Kelly Collins Lintz 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:

18 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Connections See more »

Filming Locations:

Winter Garden, Florida, USA See more »

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When Kermit is chased out of a pig pen by a pig he makes the remark, "I hope I never see another one of those again as long as I live." This is an obvious joke made since his "love interest" will be Miss Piggy. 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 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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Complicated
Words and Music by Russ Irwin
Performed by Russ Irwin and Charlton Pettus
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A so-so film that will please young children but not many others
23 October 2005 | by bob the mooSee 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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