Kermit's Swamp Years

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Kermit's Swamp Years
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Jim Henson wouldn't have liked this if he were still alive.
Genre: Comedy
Adventure
Directed By: David Gumpel
Written By: Jim Lewis
Starring: Steve Whitmire
Joey Mazzarino
Bill Barretta
Alice Dinnean
John Kennedy
Dave Goelz
Jerry Nelson
Cree Summer
John Hostetter
Distributed By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The Jim Henson Company
Release Date: August 18, 2002
Runtime: 82 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Franchise: The Muppets


Kermit's Swamp Years is a 2002 American direct-to-video comedy film directed by David Gumpel. It is the second direct-to-video feature film in The Muppets franchise.

Plot

Kermit the Frog travels back to the swamp he grew up on as he remembers one of his earlier adventures. He and his buddies Croaker, Goggles and Blotch are sent on a wild adventure into the outside world. When Croaker and Blotch are kidnapped by Dr. Krassman and placed in a pet store, Kermit and Goggle must save them with help from a friendly dog called Pilgrim.

Why It Should Get Back Into the Swamp

  1. The humor is below average, with gross-out humor (like Goggles showing his butt) and pop culture references.
  2. There are cameos, but they’re things that Kermit would discover what he would experience in The Muppet Movie. Kermit is set in Kermit’s Swamp Years as if these things never happened.
  3. The plot is dull, basic, tedious, and obligatory. It lacks any real emotion or intelligence, there is too much emphasis on comedy, and Dr. Krassman's plan to dissect the frogs is too disturbing for a kids' movie.
  4. Misleading Title: For a film titled Kermit's Swamp Years, the titular swamp has very little screen time.
  5. Kermit’s buddies Croaker and Goggles are really annoying and bland.
  6. The soundtrack is lackluster and forgettable.
  7. Cheap-looking special effects, even for 2002 standards and especially for the fly at the beginning.
  8. The acting ranges from so-so (Drew Haggard) to quite bad (John Hostetter).

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good puppeteering.
  2. Nice voice acting from Cree Summer, who voices Pilgrim.

Reception

The movie currently holds a 5.5/10 on IMDb.

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