Kermit the Frog Puppet

Kermit the Frog Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Kermit is a bright green frog who was the star and host of The Muppet Show and appears on Sesame Street. He is one of Jim Henson’s earliest creations, dating back to 1955 with his appearances on Sam and Friends on the Washington, D.C., NBC affiliate station. He was previously performed by Jim Henson and Steve Whitmire and is currently performed by Matt Vogel. Kermit is a calm, level-headed character who is constantly trying to keep everything together as he is surrounded by craziness. Kermit is known for singing “Bein’ Green” (also known as “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”) which talks about the difficulties he has had because of his color but ends with him accepting and embracing his greenness.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
late 1970s
user
Jim Henson Productions
Children's Television Workshop
Henson, Jim
maker
Henson, Jim
Jim Henson Productions
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
fiber, synthetic, rayon (overall material)
fabric, felt (overall material)
metal, wire (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
green (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 27 in x 28 in x 6 in; 68.58 cm x 71.12 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
1994.0037.01
accession number
1994.0037
catalog number
1994.0037.01
Credit Line
Gift of Jim Henson Productions (through Leslee Asch)
subject
Puppetry
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Children's television programs
Motion Pictures
Television
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Jim Henson
Data Source
National Museum of American History

Comments

"I always tell everyone, I can die happy, I've been to the smithsonian to see kermit! He was such a big part of my childhood in the early 70's..."
"Kermit and his Muppet friends showed us how to overcome stereotyping through humour, gentleness, and song. For that, I am forever grateful."
"I love Kermit the Frog....ever since seeing him on TV when I was little, I was always amazed how a green frog can bring laughter and joy to a person. Now I share that joy with my daughter."
"Kermit was born in Washington, DC. He was first seen on Jim Henson's first show, "Sam And Friends, " in 1955 on WRC-TV 4."
"As a child, I absolutely adored Kermit the Frog. I just visited the museum only yesterday and my eyes welled with tears as I took pictures with him. He brought back soo many great memories. I used to think Kermit was REAL and part of me still WANTS him to be!"
Kermit the Frog was more than a muppet he had a life of his own. Kermit will always be dear to my heart. Kermit and all the muppets gave me so many wonderful memories.
Jim Henson was a visionary. He masterfully spoke of peace and understanding through Kermit and his other characters. i am honored to have lived in a time when I could respect his creative vision and only hope future generations realize his creaive genius.
"for those of us who grew up in the 70's-80's, watching Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Kermit was an icon, like Barney or Clifford is today. (bigger then them in my opinion) It's nice to know that someone kept the original 'Kermee' so now we can show him to our kids, and explain his significance in our lives.It may not be easy 'Bein' Green', but Kermit will always be a top icon of Childrens TV with us!"
"Kermit, is loved in every country "
"Kermit The Frog, like so many of Jim Henson's creations, was a symbol of mine and many other happy childhoods throughout our nation. He taught us to imagine..."

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