Five Questions with ‘The Muppets’ Star Kermit the Frog

Kermit the Frog (Photo: Disney)

It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights!

Today, “The Muppets” makes its debut on XFINITY On Demand and DVD/Blu-ray combo-pack. The film, which opened in November, marked the group’s first big-screen appearance in more than a decade. It quickly became one of the best-reviewed films of 2011 and went on to gross more than $150 million worldwide, making it the most successful Muppets film ever.

The story follows Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and the whole gang as they team up with new friends (Jason Segel, Amy Adams and a new Muppet named Walter,) to save the old Muppets Studio. The film includes cameos by Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Blunt, Selena Gomez, Dave Grohl, Jim Parsons, Jack Black and more.

I recently caught up with the Muppets’ iconic green amphibian known around the world as Kermit the Frog for a conversation about Muppet equality, skeletons (and shoes) in the closet and Tom Hanks.


David Onda: The Muppets are comprised of creatures of all shapes, sizes and colors. What could society learn from the Muppets’ acceptance of each other’s differences?

Kermit the Frog: Well, the great thing about being a Muppet is that “all are welcome.” If you want to be a Muppet, you’re in. I think that openness to everyone is what keeps us going. Anybody who’d want to join us has to be a little weird, so come on aboard! As for our differences, we don’t really notice them. Oh, sure, Miss Piggy has a larger trailer and more shoes than most small countries, but other than that… we’re all the same. We all want to sing and dance and make other people happy.

Onda: Jason Segel is one of the nicest stars I’ve ever met. Does he have any skeletons in his closet?

Kermit: I never went in his closet. But I don’t think so. As far as I know, Miss Piggy took over his closet to store more of her shoes.

Onda: During the song “Man or Muppet,” Jim Parsons plays Walter’s human counterpart. Who would play the human version of Kermit the Frog?

Kermit: Wasn’t Jim great in that? And it won the Best Song Oscar, which is so great for the writer Bret McKenzie, even though Miss Piggy borrowed his Oscar and won’t give it back. As for who would play a human version of me? Gee, I dunno, I’ve always kind of seen myself as the Tom Hanks type, only shorter, greener and with slightly gogglier eyes.

Onda:  For those of us who have already seen “The Muppets,” what’s something we can look for that we may not have noticed the first time around?

Kermit: There are lots of deleted scenes [on the Blu-ray and DVD], which we really wanted to get into the movie but it would’ve been too long.  And there’s a great Muppet blooper reel, which is the all-time best Muppet blooper reel ever… unless, of course, you count our entire oeuvre as a blooper reel. And on the Blu-ray, they have this amazing feature called “Disney Intermission.” When you hit the pause button, me and the other Muppets come on screen and entertain while you wait.  We hate to miss a chance to put on a show.

Onda:  I saw you and Robin sing “When the River Meets the Sea” with Jimmy Fallon in December. Do you keep in touch with Emmet Otter?

Kermit: Of course! His hollow is right upstream from my swamp. We’re neighbors.


“The Muppets” is now available on XFINITY On Demand and the Wocka Wocka Value Pack, which contains the movie on Blu-ray high-definition, DVD and digital copy (3 discs) plus a download card for the film’s soundtrack from Walt Disney Records.


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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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