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Released Aug. 18, 2002 (TV premiere)
Sep. 3, 2002 (Home video release)
Duration 82 minutes
Director David Gumpel
Written by Jim Lewis & Joseph Mazzarino (screenplay), Jim Lewis (story)
Music Joe Carroll & Peter Thom (score)
Studio Jim Henson Productions, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated G


From left to right, Croaker, Kermit and Goggles.

Kermit rides a scooter in the framing scenes.

Kermit's early encounter with a pig

Kermit rides in style

Kermit's Swamp Years premiered on the Starz channel on August 18, 2002 and was quickly followed by a broad video and DVD release on September 3, 2002. It was distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Jim Henson Home Entertainment and taped on location in Naples, Florida, and at the Disney MGM Studios.


Bookended by an adult Kermit the Frog, the film tells the story of how he, as a youngster, ventured out of the swamp for the first time, along with his friends Goggles and Croaker. The movie includes several original songs.

The story follows Kermit as he is followed by an evil schoolteacher and his assistant that want to catch the frogs to use in a high school science class.

There is a blooper reel at the end of the movie during the credits, backed by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' rock version of "Rainbow Connection."


  • Muppet Performers
Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Joey Mazzarino, John Kennedy, Alice Dinnean, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Mark Gale, John David Jordan, Jr., Andy Stone, Allan Trautman, Melissa Whitmire
  • Human Cast
John Hostetter as Dr. Hugo Krassman
Kelly Collins Lintz as Mary
William Bookston as Wilson
Cree Summer as the voice of Pilgrim, Kermit's Mom, star
Christian Kebbel as young Jim Henson
Joe as himself

Muppet Cast

  • Muppet Characters
Kermit / Young Kermit, Croaker, Goggles, Blotch, Pilgrim, Horace D' Fly, Jack Rabbit, Vicki, Arnie the Alligator, Kermit's Mom, Roy, Chico, Young Statler and Waldorf
  • Background Characters
Frogs, Jeremiah Tortoise, Chauncey the Turtle, Rabbits, Mouse Family, Dog (Bunny Picnic), Penguins, Foo-Foo, Ernie the Mongoose, Hector the Spider Monkey, Galahad the Grasshopper Mouse, Pearl the Pika, Rhonda the Raccoon



DVD Features

  • Kermit's Swamp Years (widescreen & full frame)
  • Audio: English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese, and Thai

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