Kermit's Swamp Years

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • G
  • Adventure, Musical

Aimed at teeny-tiny tots, this made-for-TV Muppet movie has little to offer adult fans. Twelve-year-old Kermit the Frog (voice of Steve Whitmire) dreams about the world beyond his comfortable lily pad. Kermit's toad friend, Goggles (Joseph Mazzarino), downplays Kermit’s discontent, but his other pal, Croaker (Bill Barretta) encourages his wanderlust. After...read more

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Aimed at teeny-tiny tots, this made-for-TV Muppet movie has little to offer adult fans. Twelve-year-old Kermit the Frog (voice of Steve Whitmire) dreams about the world beyond his comfortable lily pad. Kermit's toad friend, Goggles (Joseph Mazzarino), downplays Kermit’s discontent, but his other pal, Croaker (Bill Barretta) encourages his wanderlust. After being harassed by a pond bully named Blotch (John Kennedy), Goggles begins to think travel isn't such a bad idea, but he's not prepared for the abruptness of his departure. Both Kermit and Croaker are aghast when pet shop owner Mr. Wilson (William Bookston) carries off both Goggles and Blotch to his store in the village of Leland. Now Kermit and

Croaker must act to save their friend, as Blotch and Goggles discover that they have more in common than they thought: Unlike their cage-mates, neither want to be adopted by a child. What Blotch and Goggles don't realize is that Wilson has something else in mind for them. They're meant for Doctor Krassman (John Hostetter) and his assistant, Mary (Kelly Collins Lintz)... and animals sent to Krassman's laboratory at George Washington High School are never heard from again! Kermit and Croaker make their way to Leland and cleverly allow themselves to be nabbed by Mr. Wilson; at the pet store, they learn about Krassman’s experiments. Kermit and Croaker then infiltrate the high school and try to stop the impending dissections, leading students in a chant of "Let the frogs go!" The brave Kermit challenges Krassman to a duel with scalpels, but can he win and save his froggy friends? Although Kermit is a sufficiently charismatic critter to hold the spotlight, this star vehicle is undermined by a weak supporting cast and the fact that its realistic outdoor settings make the characters look disconcertingly like the cloth puppets they are. Even small children may have trouble suspending disbelief and get into the spirit of their adventures.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: G
  • Review: Aimed at teeny-tiny tots, this made-for-TV Muppet movie has little to offer adult fans. Twelve-year-old Kermit the Frog (voice of Steve Whitmire) dreams about the world beyond his comfortable lily pad. Kermit's toad friend, Goggles (Joseph Mazzarino), down… (more)

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