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Hello Frogs and Froggettes! Thanks for visiting Kermit Inspiration!

This website is dedicated to Kermit and his creator, Jim Henson. Thanks for your contributions - it all helps Kermit Inspiration to be and to remain the number ONE Kermit site on the entire internet!!!! THANKS and P.S. If you would your Kermit report posted on this site, please e-mail me, I am the frogmaster and froggie programmer. No froggie or Kermit contribution too small, it is all appreciated. RIBBITS!! ~ Frog ~

  Hi Ho and welcome to Kermit Inspiration, a site dedicated to ..well…. Kermit!  
People know me as a simple, green, stuffed frog that’s sole purpose is to be entertaining to children. I do love children very much, and to see them smile is like sunshine reflecting off a lily pad. And for a frog, that is a wonderful sight.
However, as Kermit, I do also have a very spiritual side. I believe in peace, love, sharing, caring, and the understanding of life and ones self. The rainbow connection song (my personal favorite) is a good example of what I feel, and believe we all feel at times.
You will find games to entertain, pictures of me and my friends, postings of poems and inspirational stories (please feel free to add yours), and other things that will appeal to the Kermit in all of us. Oh, and the best bit is that it's all free, like when you find free stuff. It'll make your friends green with envy, although being green is pretty cool, don't you think?
So have fun as you explore the site, and perhaps you will find some inspiration along the way. And perhaps someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers the dreamers and me.

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Ever wonder where Kermit got his name from?

Kermit the Frog has his own unique story.     Some fifty years ago, when the creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson, was a kid at Leland Elementary School, he used to play and roam around Mississippi’s Deer Creek with his friend, and together they used to catch and listen to the bullfrogs along his journey.   His friend’s name?   Kermit Scott.
Kermit Scott later became a professor of philosophy at Purdue and when asked if he liked to be immortalized as a frog, Scott replied  “I’m flattered.   My grandchildren certainly like it a lot.   They get a big kick out of it…. I can think of lot worse things I could be associated with.”
We certainly think there is nothing better than being associated with the famous frog that sings songs that make us think not just about life…but about rainbows…and of the greatness of ‘bein green...
Hat’s off to you Kermit!

Contributed by:  Frog

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Kermit and his Creator

Who is the creator behind the magic of the Muppets? Jim Henson was an artistic genius. He invented "Muppets" by mixing marionettes and puppets. The Muppeteers were below the camera so they could move more freely. Jim Henson was a great man to children and parents alike. Jim was a caring man, he once stated, "I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world, toward people, toward my work. I think I'm here for a purpose. I think it's very likely that we all are, but I'm only sure about myself. I try to tune myself in to whatever it is that I'm supposed to be, and I try to think to myself as a part of all of us -- all
mankind and all life. I find it's not easy to keep these lofty thoughts in mind as the day goes by, but it certainly helps me a great deal to start out this way." Jim Henson influenced the world by making a new market for television shows and merchandise, taught children simple concepts, and was a good example to others.
The magic started in 1956. Jim Henson created Kermit out of his mother’s old green coat, using ping-pong balls for eyes. He started with a 5-minute skit, twice a day, called "Sam and Friends". Henson’s next work was in 1963 when Rowlf the Dog aired on the Jimmy Dean Show. Rowlf acted for three years on this show. He also made a few dog food commercials. (Straub)

In 1969 the key thing in Jim Henson’s career happened, Sesame Street. Kermit, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and humanoid Ernie were regulars on Sesame Street. This program taught children their colors, shapes, numbers, letters and concepts such as "up" and "down." 68% of all households with children under six-years-old were tuning into this program. Children were very entertained by these and creatures, and they taught children enough to give them a head start on these concepts. Parents also enjoyed this show and enjoyed knowing that their children were learning these concepts. (Straub)

In 1976 The Muppet Show began. Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, Scooter, and Rizzo the Rat, were performed by various people and of course Kermit the Frog was performed by Jim Henson. This television show lead to the making of five feature films: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island. (Straub)

Other films that Jim Henson worked with were the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and assisted with animatronics for difficult puppet creations and helped construct the Jim Henson Creature shop, which produce elaborate mechanical characters to help George Lucus with the creatures he developed on the Star Wars films. Henson also had other television shows including, Fraggle Rock, Muppet Babies, and Jim Henson’s Greek Myths. ("Jim Henson" raven.ubault.edu)

The many guests that appeared on the Muppet productions loved the Muppets too. Mel Brooks appeared on the Muppet Movie. Brooks stated, "The basic message of The Muppet Show was that the meek shall inherit the earth." The Muppets also admired their wonderful guests. Ethel Merman was on The Muppet Show in the first season; Kermit noted about her, "When she sings, I get people in my throat."

The lovable Kermit was a big part of Jim’s life. He was an alter ego to Henson and one of the first of his creations. Kermit was a little snarkier than Henson though; he said things Henson held himself from saying. Kermit also appeared on the Tonight show and sang "I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face" to a purple monster that ate his own face then tried eating Kermit. This loveable frog also sang many other songs including, "The Rainbow Connection," "It Ain’t Easy Being Green," "If I Were", and the famous song, "Kokomo." Not only were the Muppets loved as a whole, but also Kermit was an icon for all Muppets and is a favorite to many, especially Jim.

Jim’s death was very tragic in May 1990, but for his funeral Jim’s Family had a "celebration of life." Mourners waved brightly colored butterflies instead of being so sad. Frank Oz, a close friend and fellow muppetteer to Jim, said, "Sure, Jim the creator was a genius. Yet I see him foremost as an appreciator. He appreciated the Muppet family and his own family. He appreciated flying kites with children. He appreciated beauty, and he appreciated fun." Jim made appreciators of the rest of the world. Everyone appreciates Jim’s brilliance, his joy of life, and what he is know for, the joy he brought to millions of people around the country and around the world. Jim Henson was a dedicated worker, a brilliant man, and helped thousands directly and indirectly.
Thank you Jim Henson!

Contributed by:  Kermi Carmen

 



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