Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Move Over, Miss Piggy

I just love Kermit the(read that as thee)Frog.  I loved when he interviewed the fairy tale characters to find out the"news" as it was happening and everything would get completely mucked up.  I loved when he sang to us about it not easy being green.  I loved when he rode a bike in the Muppet Movie.  I loved it that he wanted to have a show on Broadway just like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. He even pulled off a credible Bob Cratchett.
Kermit was cute and cuddly and grew to be a famous...uh.....amphibian.  He is so famous now that his original self is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.  Oh, you thought he was already there didn't you?  Well, that was a different incarnation of the famous frog.  This is the one that Jim Henson made from the coat his mom threw in the trash and has eyes made out of pingpong balls.  Apparently, he showed up on the very short and short-lived show, Sam and Friends, one of Henson's earliest creations.  He had to step it up when he joined the cast of Sesame Street so the original Kermit got dumped in the nearest closet until now.
He isn't the spring-like green we mostly remember but kind of a washed out olive green but his heart is still on his sleeve and his message rings true, It's not easy to be green but if you stick to it, you'll find your rainbow connection.

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