First things first, Kermit has big shoes to fill, he’s obviously one of the best, and certainly one of the original muppets that the late Jim Henson. Created in 1955, Jim Henson voiced Kermit, who was later voiced by Steve Whitmire when he took over in 1990 after Jim’s death. He was replaced this year by Matt Vogel, and Matt is the current voice of Kermit The Frog.
Problem is, people are used to old Kermit. Whether it’s Jim Henson’s Kermit from pre-1990, or Steve’s voice from then on, the new Kermit voice is getting very mixed review. The first performance was in a short clip called “Muppet Thought of the Week,” seen below.
So, it’s pretty close, but isn’t quite what we’re used to. Some people are not happy about it though, especially this one lady:
That’s just a bit harsh, isn’t it?
Some comments on the YouTube video are mixed, some harsh, some positive, some are “eh.”
“Uh….. Matt’s Kermit sounds like Ernie from Sesame Street” says one comment.
“He doesn’t sound that bad. He doesn’t sound that good either,” in another comment.
For comparison, here’s one of Steve’s iconic performances:
And if you’ve never heard Jim Henson’s Kermit, here’s a clip of that from the Johnny Carson show:
And if you missed it on-air, here’s Mark S. Allen’s version of kermit, and a quick story about his Kermit voice:
What are your thoughts on the new kermit? Like it? Hate it? Is it acceptable enough? I guess it truly is “not easy being green.”