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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.


David Gumpel


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



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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 ... 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 ... Mary
Stephen Denmark Stephen Denmark ... Student
Hampton Dixon Hampton Dixon ... Young Hugo Krassman
Carolyn Green Carolyn Green ... Women


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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Release Date:

18 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Connections See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Florida, USA See more »

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Waldorf: It sure was nice of the frog to let us be in this movie.
Statler: So people could see how young we look?
Waldorf: No, so we wouldn't have to watch it!
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It's a bad kids' film when you're pushing it at seven
20 June 2013 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Kermit's Swamp Years will likely be a delight for little kids - very little ones - preferably those who have not been acquainted with the Muppets. I employ this statement with emphasis because I feel that anyone who has had any kind of relationship with the Muppet characters we've come to know and love will find this film dreadfully childish and a few steps away from being an insult to the iconic characters' respective legacies.

I can't say they'd be incorrect; this is a pretty immature affair, combining an annoying amount of bathroom humor with a subpar, obligatory fish-out-of-water story that results in tedium and boredom with only a seventy-five minute runtime. It concerns Kermit (voiced by Steve Whitmire, who, I'll say, does a pretty damn good job) who is returning back to his homeland, the swamps, after an extended absence. While cruising down the road on his scooter, he recaps a keen adventure he had with his pals Croaker the Frog and Goggles the Toad, as they naively ventured outside the boundaries of the swamp into, gasp, the land inhabited by shiny creatures (automobiles) and humans.

This lands them in a direct battle with a high school biology teacher (John Hostetter) who wants to collect amphibians for his class's forthcoming dissection. When they team up with a dog named Pilgrim (Cree Summer, who has voice credits on Clifford The Big Red Dog, Drawn Together, and Rugrats), they try and find a way to survive out in the newland and return to their homeland.

For a film titled "Kermit's Swamp Years," very little of the film actually takes place in the swampland. We open with widescale shots, mostly aerial ones, of the swampland and its inhabitants. The scenes provide one with almost a travelogue-esque image of the swamp and warm our hearts with the beauty and the incomprehensible majestic qualities below. Then a fly swoops into the picture, makes some horribly childish jokes, and then we see Kermit on his scooter and the plot begins. We're in the swamp maybe fifteen minutes before we're taken to the archetypal territory of the mainlands, which are no fun in comparison.

In addition, I can't help but feel that Kermit's Swamp Years, in itself, is disrespectful to the proud, invaluable legacy Jim Henson left behind. His Muppet characters had heart and wit, and would never stoop down to the level of inane bathroom-talk as a means of humor and cheap laughs. The relationships with each other - man or Muppet - felt genuine and real; the characters' names you knew for a reason. Watching several Muppet shows when I was a child, I never wanted to get up and leave the couch or have the show end. It was a magical, priceless world I was inhabiting, and I had no intention of leaving it; the real world seemed monotonous and drearily perfunctory. I almost couldn't wait to be done with Kermit's Swamp Years for the exact opposite reason.

I return full-circle to the point I began this review with; this film will be enjoyed by little, little kids. Seven and up may want to move on to old-school Nickelodeon.

Starring: John Hostetter. Voiced by: Steven Whitmire and Cree Summer. Directed by: David Grumpel.

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