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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Kermit The Frog with sound clips and images.
Easily the most famous and iconic of Jim Henson's muppet creations, Kermit is the main character on many of the Muppet projects that have come down the pipeline over the years. The green frog is usually portrayed as the leader with a calm and logical personality. Although, he is often shown to have fits of anger thrown in the mix. He is constantly dealing with the advancements of Miss Piggy.

Kermit was voiced by his creator, Jim Henson until the Muppet legend passed away in 1990 at which point Steve Whitmire took over the role.
Created by OptimusSolo on Sun Jul 18 2010, 18 Comments, Add Comment
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Sesame Street (1969)
Kermit the FrogJim Henson
Jim Henson
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Kermit the FrogSteve Whitmire
Steve Whitmire
Muppet Babies (1984)
Kermit (Baby)Frank Welker
Frank Welker

EDITOR'S OPINION

I must say that as huge of a Frank Welker fan as I am that I definitely prefer the adult version of Kermit the Frog. That being said I do think Welker did a good job coming up with a 'baby' voice for the character. Steve Whitmire also did a tremendous job taking over one of the truly iconic voices of our time.

However, in the end, the reason Kermit is so famous and such a recognizeable voice is because of Jim Henson. 1st: Henson, 2nd: Whitmire, 3rd: Welker

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Slick
said at 7:30 PM on Thu Jul 23 2015
I usually say the successor's the best, but Jim was the best. Steve's a good successor. I know Frank can improve his work.
tmnisaac
said at 12:06 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
 1 Shout Out! [?]
1) Jim Henson/Steve Whitmire
2) Frank Welker
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 7:33 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Jim Henson's a natural at it, Steve Whitmire is a great replacement but noticeably a tad higher pitch, and Frank Welker is putting on a decent impression but sounds a bit too doofy. Overall, I agree with the editor here.
Lpfan120
said at 8:45 PM on Fri Jan 17 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus I think it's just the audio of Steve's clip that's higher pitched.
Ross123
said at 1:33 PM on Sat Sep 28 2013
I've grown up with Steve a lot of the time but i'm goin with Jim because without him all of the weird & wonderful characters of Sesame Street & The Muppets wouldn't exist. Jim as we all know sadly died in 1990 which is why Steve replaced him though Steve is pretty good.

Frank is the young version so he doesn't count.
DampOwl
said at 12:24 PM on Wed Jul 10 2013
Jim Henson, to me, will always be Kermit. Steve, however, I think was a very good choice to carry on the role and he does a great job.
Welker, not so much. Sounds a little like a forced Kermit impression.
Darth Bugs
said at 10:36 PM on Sat Dec 8 2012
Of course, Jim Henson IS Kermit the Frog. Even though he's gone, his spirit lives on through Kermit and the terrific performance of his successor, Steve Whitmire.
MatthewC17
said at 11:44 PM on Mon Jun 11 2012
I grew up hearing Steve Whitmire as Kermit
So I vote for him I'm not saying Henson was bad it's just that his voice took getting used to when I was little
dreamer
said at 2:32 PM on Mon May 14 2012
Did Jim Henson do Kermit's singing voice? Like "Disco Frog'? and his other songs?
Mario500
said at 2:57 PM on Tue Nov 13 2012
@dreamer
Yes, according to the book "Jim Henson: The Works".
Patrick
said at 12:54 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
Jim Henson my favorite.

Steve Whitmire does all right and at times does sound like Jim's version of Kermit, but you can tell the difference and Jim is number 1. Jim's voice for Kermit is who I grew up listening to.
Celeste
said at 11:28 PM on Sun Nov 27 2011
Jim Henson IS Kermit The Frog.
JTurner
said at 8:38 PM on Sun Nov 27 2011
No one will ever replace Jim Henson IMO, as he is the iconic voice of Kermit the Frog. That said, I have to give Steve Whitmire credit. It is a bit jarring at first to hear his higher pitch compared to that of Jim's, but nonetheless he still manages to make the character his own. It's a toughie, though; both Jim and Steve are great. Frank Welker does OK for the circumstances of his vocal performance, but he is probably my least favorite of the three.
disneyphilip
said at 8:47 PM on Mon Jul 25 2011
Steve Whitmire deserves more love and respect, so I voted for him.
voiceactorfan
said at 5:39 PM on Sat Nov 26 2011
@disneyphilip
u right da ALL HATIN
PurpleWarrior13
said at 6:28 PM on Sun Jul 18 2010
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Are are great. I guess I'm partial to Steve Whitmire since I grew up with his Kermit. I've actually never really heard Jim Hensen's Kermit until now. He sounded alright too!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:40 AM on Sun Jul 18 2010
awesome, the muppets rock!! can't wait for more! Henson cleary owns the role but Welker put a great spon on the baby version. The middle part of Whitmire's clip almost sounded like a Kermit-Shaggy mix :P


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