WATCH: Why is Kermit The Frog’s Voice in the New Muppets Show Trailer So Weird?

A new Muppets show is coming out on Disney+ and its teaser trailer has officially premiered online. But instead of fans expressing excitement over the new series in the beloved franchise, they can’t help but notice something a little… “off” about Kermit the Frog’s voice.

A little background for those who don’t know: Kermit the Frog was originally voiced by Muppets creator Jim Henson from 1955 until his death in 1990. Taking his place was Muppet veteran performer Steve Whitmire until his dismissal from the studio in 2016. Starting early 2017, puppeteer Matt Vogel took on the big role of voicing the cherished character.

The problem with changing the voice actor for a character with such a distinct manner of speaking is that fans who’ve grown up watching that character can quickly tell that a change took place. And although Vogel does his best to emulate the high-pitched tone and sort-of garbled way that Kermit the Frog speaks, it’s obvious that he can’t match the original.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that fans hate Kermit’s new voice (okay, maybe some will); it just means that it’s going to take a lot of getting used to.

Watch the trailer below to understand what we’re talking about:

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What are your thoughts on Kermit’s new voice? Let us know in the comments!

Muppets Now is going to be an improvised comedy series with six episodes coming out for the first season. It will premiere on Disney+ this coming July 31.


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