N E W S
   2006 | 2005 |
2004
   2003 | 2002 |
2001    2000 | 1999 | 1998



Shop for Muppet DVD's,
Replicas and Puppets

 

New Collectibles

8/12 - Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray: The Unnecessarily Extended Edition and Muppets Most Wanted DVD

3/20 - Muppets Most Wanted Exclusive 7-Piece PVC Figurine Playset, Muppets Most Wanted Constantine Plush, Muppets Most Wanted Rowlf Plush, Muppets Most Wanted 75 Sticker Pack

3/20 - Muppets Most Wanted Deluxe Edition CD (Original Soundtrack)

2/11 - Muppets Most Wanted Read-Along Storybook and CD and Muppets Most Wanted: Kermit's Double Trouble Book

2/07 - Muppets Character Encyclopedia Collector's Book

 
     

 

Join the Muppet Central Mailing List

 

NEWS

Sesame Street Season 45 premieres Monday September 15

Muppets star in Toyota Super Bowl ad campaign

"Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular" airs Thanksgiving

Frank Oz, Brian Jay Jones honor Jim Henson on The Today Show October 15

Muppet tech master and puppeteer Franz "Faz" Fazakas dies at 95

More >>

MERCHANDISE

"The Great Muppet Caper" and "Muppet Treasure Island" coming to Blu-ray December 10

"Jim Henson: The Biography" releases on September 24

"The Muppet Movie" anniversary edition arrives on Blu-ray

Video: "The Muppet Movie" coming to Blu-ray in 2013

More >>

TV special planned to commemorate Kermit's 50 Years

New DVD's and a trip around the world honor Kermit's 50th anniversary in television

By Greg James
August 30, 2005

It was back in 1955 on a local Washington DC television show called “Sam & Friends” when Jim Henson first shared a distinctive green friend with the world (although at the time most people just saw him in black and white). Over half a century later the famous amphibian still touches the lives of millions of people each year. This is of course about Kermit the Frog. This spectacular Muppet milestone will not be forgotten, as Disney and the Muppets plan to kick off a giant 15-month worldwide Birthday celebration in honor of Kermit the Frog’s 50th anniversary.

In celebration of Kermit’s 50th Anniversary, Walt Disney Home Entertainment is releasing commemorative DVDs in a several special anniversary edition DVDs. Completely restored and remastered and packed with new bonus features, “The Muppet Movie”, “The Great Muppet Caper”, “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, “Muppet Treasure Island”, “The Muppets Wizard of Oz”, “The Muppet Show – Season One”, and more Muppet classics are being released under the “Kermit’s 50th anniversary collection” DVD banner. But the releases of these classic family favorites are just one of many celebratory initiatives planned this year to celebrate the world’s most beloved frog.

In honor of his birthday, there are plans for an all new television special in celebration of Kermit's career, tentatively titled “Kermit the Frog: Celebrating 50 Years of Being Green”. The special will take the form of a celebrity roast, where the Muppet gang (and some of their celebrity friends) have fun jesting at the famous frog while taking a look back at his 50 years of work (and wishing him a happy birthday). The Frog’s special roast will be hosted by Kermit's best critic, Miss Piggy. In addition to the regular Muppet madness, the television special will feature clips and highlights of Kermit’s 50 years of entertainment – from his early days on “Sam & Friends” in 1955, all the way up to “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz” in 2005. The exact details on when the special will air are unclear but pre-production and preparation is underway on the special salute to the frog we all love.

In preparation for the big 50th celebration, Kermit will also be making a trip around the world to visit the top 50 places that he's always wanted to go (one for each year) –the Great Wall of China, Wimbledon, and 48 more. Kermit’s brand-new journey around the globe will be filmed, however the exact plans on how these 50 short video featurettes will be used is unclear at this point. More details on Kermit’s globe hopping trip should surface in 2006 as the debut of these bits approaches.

"Well, you know, it's interesting being 50," Kermit said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. "You start to reflect on your life. And you look back over the years at everything you've ever done. And, with age comes wisdom. But I have to say that I'm not sure that 50 for me is the same as 50 in people years." The frog continued proclaiming, "I will be celebrating my 50th year in show business starting this September, and that's going to be like a yearlong celebration," Kermit said. "And it'll be a whole year filled with things having to do with being green and frogs and all that sort of stuff."

Happy Birthday, Kermit!

Discuss this story  E-mail news alerts

   MORE MUPPET NEWS

Muppets star in Toyota Super Bowl ad campaign
Music Video: "All I Need is Love" with CeeLo Green and The Muppets
Muppets on The Voice Tuesday November 27
The Muppets Take Disney Store Manhattan November 27
The Muppet Christmas Carol arrives on Blu-ray November 6
Kermit and Miss Piggy on "Best in TV" ABC special September 18
"Kermit's Party" viral videos from Bounty Paper Towels
The Electric Mayhem on Jimmy Kimmel March 21
Miss Piggy and Sharon Osbourne go head-to-head on The Talk

 
Search:
Keywords:
In Association with Amazon.com

home | news | collectibles | articles | forum | guides | radio | cards | help

Fan site Muppet Central created by Phillip Chapman. Updates by Muppet Central Staff. All Muppets, Bear
characters are copyright of The Muppets Studio. Sesame Street characters are copyright of Sesame Workshop.
Fraggle Rock, Creature Shop and similar likenesses are copyright of The Jim Henson Company.