KERMIT's his true story. Warts and all!
Kermit's Swamp Years
is the full-length version of a one-off American cable television feature that sets out to show us the formative years of the future host of The Muppet Show
. Its focus is a childhood adventure involving Kermit and his two best friends: a somewhat delinquent frog called Croaker, and a tremulous toad named Goggles. Though the film was, obviously, made some years after the death of Kermit's creator, Jim Henson, the wit, spirit and joy that informed Sesame Street
and The Muppet Show
are all discernible here. Henson's resounding genius was to understand that children can tell when they are being treated like idiots, and that they don't much care for it, which is why The Muppet Show
is still enjoyed by adults who grew up with the programme, and why none of those adults will object to sitting through Kermit's Swamp Years
with their children.
On the DVD: Kermit's Swamp Years is presented anamorphically in 1.78:1 widescreen. Extras include behind-the-scenes footage, which reinforces the fact that the human magic necessary to animate the muppet characters is far more interesting and impressive than any amount of the computer wizardry now favoured by most similar films. There are also some quite well-done muppet pastiches of the common DVD special features, interviews with, and commentary from, the stars, and a collection of bloopers and out-takes. --Andrew Mueller
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.