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Kermit's Swamp Years (2002)

Steve Whitmire , Bill Barretta , David Gumpel  |  G |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Joey Mazzarino, John Kennedy
  • Directors: David Gumpel
  • Writers: Joey Mazzarino, Jim Lewis
  • Producers: Boris Malden, Jim Lewis, Michael Polis, Ritamarie Peruggi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Live, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUHR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kermit's Swamp Years" on IMDb

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KERMIT's his true story. Warts and all!

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kermit the Frog at 12 years-old. September 11, 2002
I am a huge fan of the Muppets and have been since I was growing up watching THE MUPPET SHOW. I've seen every Muppet movie and mourned on the day Jim Henson died. However, I wasn't sure what to expect with KERMIT'S SWAMP YEARS. I knew it was the Muppets, but it was a direct-to-video release and I haven't seen very many good direct-to-video movies.
Well, I had nothing to worry about because KERMIT'S SWAMP YEARS is a great family movie full of the wit and humor that's so characteristic of The Muppets. The story is a bit cheesy, but much better than most other direct-to-video movies. The editing is great and the soundtrack isn't too bad. The film introduces several new Muppets who are friends from Kermit's youth, including Blotch the bully Bull Frog, Croaker the Frog, Goggles the Toad, Horace the Horsefly, and Pilgrim the Dog.
Kermit returns to the swamp he grew up in and tells the story of the first time he left the swamp when he was 12 years old. Blotch and Goggles get in a fight and are amphibian-knapped by a pet store owner. Kermit and Croaker set out to free their two friends and along the way meet Pilgrim, are chased by a pig, and are almost captured by a mean biology teacher.
The extras on the DVD are a real treat. They include an on set interview with Kermit, a behind the scene featurette, trailers, and a blooper reel. The blooper reel is particluarly hilarious and the behind the scene featurette is hosted by Joe the Armadillo and is really entertaining. Youngsters may not enjoy these extras as much, but older viewers will find them to be a real treat.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Entertainment December 17, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
My husband purchased this video for my 3 year old son on a whim (we both grew up watching the Muppets and thought he might enjoy it) and he absolutely LOVES it. The storyline is easy for younger children to follow, but not so simple that it bores older ones or even parents. The laughs are plentiful for children and adults alike (Jim Henson Productions is great at reaching all generations.)
It has now become one of my son's favorite movies and is pretty much watched on a daily basis. I would highly recommend adding it to your family's collection of movies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet movie March 31, 2011
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My son is almost four and is obsessed with frogs. He adores this movie. He watches it about 4 times a week and I don't mind because there is not the annoying back ground noises or sappy kiddy music in this video. No blood, no gore, no real violence, no foul language....what more could a mama ask??
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kermit's Swamp Years October 17, 2007
By D Cody
Great Movie - bought this one because my grandson wore out the first copy he had.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is not old style muppets. July 10, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
However, it is not bad on its own. I am glad they are attempting to keep things going. The guy running Kermit does a good attempt but he is not Jim H.
The story has a simple theme and the villans really didn't interest me but I still watched the movie.
I guess the true critic would be my two year old and she asked for it so much that I had to buy it to keep her quiet! ;-) For some reason she likes the Croaker as she keeps asking for the blue frog!
Also to add to the violence defence. It is not that bad, my girl is rather sensitive to violence and she did not react at all. So it is not that bad.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for (most) everyone November 6, 2002
As with most things Muppets this can be taken on many levels with lots of gags aimed primarily at adults while still being very entertaining for the little ones. It has rapidly become one of my 18 month old's favorite movies to watch and gives us a welcome break from Elmo/Sesame Street. The outtakes at the end of the movie and in the special features also give some "behind the scenes" insight into what goes into a muppet production. Pilgrim the dog is also the most lifelike yet expressive muppet I have ever seen.
In many ways this movie is a muppets "Stand by me", a coming of age movie for Kermit and his buddies that isn't always pretty. If you are easily offended stay away, but otherwise step back and enjoy this little romp that gives us some insight into why Kermit became the frog he is today...
To respond to the other posters who object to the "violence", it has to be said that the bully bullfrog ultimately learns the value of friendship, helping others and self-sacrifice. Most kids will meet real life bullies soone enough, and I hope they can learn something from how these frogs deal with that situation. The dissection-happy ninth grade biology professor also soon learns the error of his ways.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehh..definately lacks a certain charm January 3, 2007
This movie is very different from any of the other muppet movies I have seen to date, for a number of reasons. Firstly, the muppets had the brilliance to appeal to children and adults at the same time--this movie focuses solely on the first group. There is little of the witty rapport between the characters that really makes the muppets have their zing. Its on level with "Bear in the Big Blue House" except it lacks the sweetness of that show as well, its straddling some middle line with humour that its quite un-muppet like (the mooning--which will probably get laughs from the right audience, but it seems demeening and below what muppets should do) very juvenile. The plot is only so-so. the songs, none of them really stand out except for the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes cover of the Rainbow connection, which wasn't even original to the movie.

What I did enjoy were many of the new characters introduced. Croaker and Goggles are very enjoyable in terms of muppet aesthetics, they really fit in, but in new ways. Blotch is a fun character but I didn't enjoy is character design as much he seemed a little too stiff in the body, the facial close ups though really highlighted the innovantions they have made with allowing the puppeteers more control of over the face--such as the eyes and the eyelids. Pilgrim--eeeeh, the puppet design was sort of weak I though, she looked too much like a puppet trying to look real, they should have gone one way or the other.

I did not enjoy the disection scene (uh didn't we already go there in ET? maybe they should have found a way to pay homage to that) Originally when the Mister Doctor guy was collecting frogs I was thinking Steinbeck's character Doc in Cannery Row (which is similar but not quite what they had).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!
This movie is excellent for any Kermit or muppets lover!! Do NOT believe the negative reviews! They must be watching the wrong movie! Read more
Published 17 days ago by JessicaMarioM
1.0 out of 5 stars "Imagine getting killed and cooked and eaten alive."
This Direct-to-DVD flick starts with a travelogue of a swamp. That's literally the best part of this pathetic effort. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Einsatz
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie
I thought we'd enjoy this movie more than we did. My nephew loves the muppets. I was very disappointed. He barely paid attention, normally he is glued to the muppets. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eryn
4.0 out of 5 stars Henson magic
Kermits history, friends and backstory fleshed out in the muppet universe more of what makes the whole muppet series work.
Published 18 months ago by Linnea M. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
I purchased this for my son who loves the muppet movies. He loves watching this. The day that it arrived, we watched it 3 times.
Published 18 months ago by Wyattsmom2009
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film for those who like the Muppets
I thought this film was very sweet and is perfect for families that enjoy the themes and humor of other Muppet movies. Read more
Published 19 months ago by bheckel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
For those who love Kermit the Frog... this is a great movie. I love it. I love Kermit the Frog!
Published 22 months ago by Alicia Wiltsee
5.0 out of 5 stars My toddler loves it
I gave this 5 stars because my toddler has watched it probably 100 times, and loves this movie. It has a dog, frogs, turtles, a snake, an alligator, a pet store--what more could a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Squanto
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into the movie
All other Muppet Movies I've ever seen I loved. This was not the same experience at all.I tried so hard to like this movie but it really must be for very young children so I gave... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cynthia Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Saw this movie on a movie channel once and thought it was so cute and funny so I bought it for two other people who have kids. They liked it.
Published on March 15, 2012 by Deborah Coats
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