Kermit's Swamp Years (2002) starring Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Joey Mazzarino directed by David Gumpel Movie Review

Kermit's Swamp Years (2002)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Kermit's Swamp Years (2002)


Kermit the Frog is heading home to the swamp where he grew up and along the way reminisces about his childhood and a particular event. When two of his friends Blotch and Goggles end up being caught and taken to a pet shop Kermit and his friend Croaker must venture into the outside world to try and rescue them. Along the way they befriend a dog called Pilgrim who helps them but they have to be careful as a science teacher is after the frogs to use in science lessons.

Do you know what the trouble with the Muppets is? It's that they have been going for so long that there are people who grew up watching them and still would watch a Muppet movie out of that longing for nostalgia, that memory of being young. As such if an adult went to watch "Kermit's Swamp Years" they would only ever end up disappointed as this isn't a Muppet movie for life long fans but a movie for very young children who to be honest probably won't pay much attention to the story but enjoy the comical look of the puppets and the voices.

But here is the thing, as an adult I watched "Kermit's Swamp Years" as an adult fully aware it was made for children and thought how weak it was. Yes very young children will be amused by the puppets and voices but everything about it is weak from the jokes to the sets, to the editing. In fact I began to wonder whether Jim Henson Home Entertainment had been taken over by someone just looking to make money off of the name because this was way off of the usual standard for a Muppet production.

What this all boils down to is that "Kermit's Swamp Years" probably works for a very young audience who won't understand what is going on and will be entertained by the puppets and funny voices including a talking dog. But for adults it is not only disappointing but also questionable when it comes to some of the jokes including a reference to paying for it!