Not to drop the veil of fantasy on you guys, but the Muppets aren’t actually real — they’re voiced by actors. Some of these actors have been attached to their respective Muppet for decades. But one of our favorite critters, Kermit the Frog, just gained a new voice, and well, it’s all kind of weird to think about.
Matt Vogel was announced as the new voice of Kermit back in July. Vogel had been a member of the Sesame Street squad since 1996, voicing several Sesame Street characters such as Big Bird, Floyd Pepper, and Count von Count. So needless to say, Vogel had the necessary credentials to take on the role of Kermit.
But does he sound like the frog we’ve come to know and love? Listen for yourself —
He had a lot to live up to, but we think he’s (basically) spot on.
Kermit was originally voiced by Jim Henson, the Muppet master himself, until 1990 when Henson passed away. From there, the famous frog was picked up by Henson mentee, Steve Whitmire. Whitmire voiced Kermit for the past 27 years, but was sadly let go by Disney in October of 2016.
Yes, there are slight differences between the old Kermit to the new. But the same was true back in 1990 when Whitmire took over for Henson. As we did 27 years ago, Muppet lovers will have to get used to Vogel’s Kermit interpretation.
Hopefully, hearing Kermit’s new voice in The Muppets’ “Thought of the Week” videos will help the transition.