Story: From the watery banks of Deer Creek of Leland Mississippi lives a small and gentle huge hearted green frog. With a drive of wanting to make others feel special and laugh, this frog was recognized by families all over the world and seen to as a friend for the younger viewers where he would give his advice on achieving their dreams. “Just because you haven’t found your talent yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have one” quote by the one and only Kermit the Frog.
Creating: As a fan of The Muppet’s from childhood by watching their shows and films A Muppets Christmas Carol a timeless classic and Muppet Movie, I wanted to do this project of capturing Kermit the frog as a tribute to Jim Henson. After researching everything I could find on how Kermit was created, I knew I had to capture a photograph of Kermit singing his song A Rainbow Connection as a sendoff to Henson. By placing Kermit in a watery environment and where you would possibly find him in Henson’s world, I wanted the scenery to represent how Jim Henson’s imagination came to life by his childhood years at the creek, that also began his journey to creating his puppets which Kermit would become his legacy to fame and for making his audience laugh with this character that started it all.
Facts: Created by a master puppeteer and gifted artist Jim Henson, Jim’s work as an amazing entertainer with his puppets would earn him the title as being an international inventor, producer and writer. After attending his years at university of Maryland and earning his degree of home economics, Jim would use his past experiences of playing in the creek with his best friend Kermit Scott and create his first ever puppet that would become the most famous puppet in the world Kermit the frog.
. In Jim’s younger years, his inspiration for crafting his own puppets came from his grandmother who enjoyed painting, quilting and sewing which Jim would make his first attempt of making Kermit. By using a light green coat that his mother owned, Jim would use the coat for creating the skin for Kermit and then attaching an old ping pong ball that he would cut in half to making Kermit’s eyes and originally Kermit was going to be a lizard, but Jim couldn’t find any frill material to make the neck and decided to make Kermit as a frog.
. First seen in an early live action black and white puppet show called Sam and Friends that Jim had created in 1955 with his wife Jane Henson, this was Kermit’s first ever appearance and beginning to becoming a huge star. After Sam and Friends aired making 86 episodes and lasting for 6 years, Jim would then go to produce a new children’s show about education where it would involve his new cast of puppets. In the show, the puppets would teach children to learning how to spell and solving math problems for the ages of preschoolers and becoming known to as Sesame Street.
. As Sesame Street was becoming one of the most recognized children’s shows at the time, Kermit the frog was now the trademark to Henson’s puppets and company. After the first season of Sesame Street finished, Jim decided to take Kermit out from the program for trademark reason’s and was to begin his new project of making Kermit become his main host for a new show called The Muppet Show. Filmed in the United Kingdom at BBC Elstree Centre in 1976 to 1981 The Muppet Show became an overnight hit and family entertainment show and making Kermit the frog and his cast of Muppet’s world famous for their comedy sketches and for inviting special guest celebrities that would act and perform on their show to making The Muppet show become a true classic.
. After five years of performing shows to their audience, Kermit was now going to be staring in his first film called The Muppet Movie which this movie would tell the viewers how the cast of the Muppets all came together with Kermit’s dream to become an entertainer. The rest as they say is history and what happened to The Muppet’s? After making several movies The Muppets had disappeared for a long time, but when it was announced that they were to return to the big screen for their new movie The Muppets 2011, it was to bring back the magic they had to making new generations of making their younger audiences laugh and letting the older fan’s remember when comedy was simple and over the top that The Muppet’s could get away with by showing that little bit of madness to calling it as comedy gold.