Call it a comeback. After spending more than 10 years out of the spotlight, Kermit the Frog and his Muppet pals made a triumphant return to the big screen in Disney’s The Muppets on November 23. The last motion picture they starred in was 1999’s Muppets in Space. The new film follows Kermit and friends as they try to save Muppet Theater from a greedy oil tycoon. On its opening weekend, the movie climbed to Number 2 at the box office with a cool $29.2 million in ticket sales. Critics and moviegoers have showered the Muppets’ latest adventure with glowing reviews.
While The Muppets is filled with big-name celebrities (including comedian Jack Black and TFK Person of the Year nominee Selena Gomez), some Muppet fans might argue that the biggest star of all is Kermit the Frog. Created by legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, the fuzzy green amphibian has been entertaining adults and children alike since he made his first TV appearance in 1955 on Henson’s five-minute puppet show, Sam and Friends.
Since then, Kermit has made a name for himself in Hollywood as a television host, an actor, a recording artist and even an author. His most successful projects include hosting the TV variety series The Muppets Show, having a regular gig on Sesame Street, starring in the hit films The Muppet Movie (1979) and The Great Muppet Caper (1984), and performing the much-loved song “Rainbow Connection.” Now, with the success of The Muppets, Kermit is back on top. Maybe it’s easy being green after all.
For his accomplishments both old and new, and for entertaining audiences of all ages, Kermit the Frog is a nominee for TFK's 2011 Person of the Year.