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Day 11 of the A-Z challenge and we’re up to ‘K’. I like ‘K’, it’s not a letter that likes to show off too much. There’d be no ‘knowledge’ without ‘K’ but rather than boasting about this, ‘K’ just stays silent. But don’t mistake this silence as weakness. That’s a mistake that could result in ‘K’ giving you a bit of kicking.

But which cartoon character is going to represent this most komplex of letters?

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K is for Kermit

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I’ve always been a fan of Kermit the Frog. I first came across his work through Sesame Street, where he performed admirably alongside the likes of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and, of course, the Cookie Monster. But while the majority of the aforementioned characters earned their living on that famous street, Kermit was merely moonlighting. His main job was as de facto leader of the Muppets. I discovered The Muppet Show when I was a bit older, and of course I spent many a happy hour watching the various Muppet movies (including The Muppet Movie). But one of my earliest memories of the Muppets was not in their guise as puppets, but rather the cartoon version of their junior selves in The Muppet Babies.

From what I can recall, the show was absolutely bonkers, but relentlessly feelgood. I know I continued to enjoy it when I was older than the specified target audience, which is generally the hallmark of a good cartoon in my humble opinion.

11 thoughts on “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Cartoon Characters That He Liked As A Child – Part 11: Kermit

  1. Loved this! And I watched it well beyond the time I should have decided it was for babies too! I’ve also decided that should I ever go on Mastermind, my specialist subject would be ‘theme tune lyrics of 80s and 90s cartoons’. Reckon I’d smash it!

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  2. Aw, it’s a shame the youtube file seems unavailable – I don’t suppose it was the real original Muppets on that file or it wouldn’t have been broken. And it’s also a shame that the internet can be so unreliable for accurate info (especially wiki on The Muppets!). From elsewhere: Apparently it was first broadcast in the UK on Anglia TV during 1979, on a Friday evening at 7pm. We lived in East Anglia but had reached a point in time when we couldn’t get Anglia TV any longer for some kind of local signal blocking issue and the only ITV channel we could receive a signal from was Yorkshire Television so we watched that channel instead although they had some programmes from ATV. YTV was much better anyway, less snobbery. Friday 7pm was always Emmerdale. The Muppets were on on Saturday evening and it was hilarious, we loved it. I’ve just been reading a little about the oppressive censorship of the series in the US and find that quite laughable too. And not. As it’s happening again in recent years. Along with distorted and inaccurate representations of what might appear fact. I loved the Muppets in Sesame Street when watching with my kids but they weren’t as good there as on their own show. We didn’t get into the Muppet Babies they were too sickly and the colours were all wrong. I didn’t like the commercialisation of Jim Henson’s original work either. He was a fabulous creator. I should learn more about his work one day. Thanks again James, another great to read A to Z post 🙂 Cheers.

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