Kermit the Frog has a brand new sound, starting today. Yes, it’s the debut of Matt Vogel, taking over puppet duties from the recently ousted Steve Whitmire. The new voice is a little higher, a litter odder, and sounds a bit like Ernie (which, considering Jim Henson originally did both, is a GOOD THING). Many people are up in arms over the new sound…
… but if I recall, when Steve first began voicing Kermit in the early ’90s following Jim’s death, he didn’t sound right either.
It takes time to get the nuances right. And I’m sure in no time at all, we will have forgotten all about the Steve Whittier era and Matt’s Kermit will be known as the de facto Kermit.
Watch today’s debut below.