Kermit The Frog
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Kermit The Frog

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Kermit The Frog with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Muppets

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 Jul 18 2010
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Sesame Street (1969)
Kermit the FrogJim Henson
Jim Henson
Muppet Babies (1984)
Kermit (Baby)Frank Welker
Frank Welker
Little Muppet Monsters (1985)
Kermit the FrogFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Kermit the FrogSteve Whitmire
Steve Whitmire
America's Got Talent (2006)
Kermit the FrogArtie Esposito
Artie Esposito
A Very Pentatonix Christmas Special (2017)
KermitMatt Vogel
Matt Vogel
Muppet Babies (2018) (2018)
Kermit the FrogMatt Danner
Matt Danner


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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said at 10:49 PM on Mon Jun 18 2018
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Jim/Steve. I honestly can't pick between the two; I feel they did an equally good job. Jim, of course, is the OG, whose performance was a large part of shaping the character into what he eventually became, what we know him as today. Steve took that foundation and built on it, keeping what Henson did while still adding his own twist. I think Jim's "uptight leader" feel works better for comedic scenes than Steve does, but Steve seems to pull off the more serious/emotional scenes better; he just makes Kermit feel more real and vulnerable to me. Both are classic in my book, so I call a tie.

3. Artie. Okay, was his puppetry the best? No, but this is a VOICE compare, and Artie was the performance that I felt best captured the feel of the character out of the remaining lot. His mimicry of Jim's voice is nearly perfect, and he retains the personality and emotional feel of character even in the limited material of the song. If his puppetry were better, he could have been the perfect replacement for Steve. Oh, well.

4. Matt Vogel. Ooh, boy, I'm not a fan of this one. That "Muppet thought of the week" clip where we first heard him made him sound pretty good for a first try, but as many have mentioned, he did sound like Constantine doing a Kermit impression (one of the inevitable consequences of having one performer play so many characters). In the VC clip here, though, he just sounds awful, barely resembling Kermit at all. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now, because he is new, and he's shown that he has a major talent for picking up impressions when given enough time to perfect them; but as it is right now, he has a lot of ground to make up in order to catch even Artie in terms of voice.

5. Frank (adult). Sounds like a poor impression from a late night comedy show.

For Baby Kermit, I think Welker did a better (in fact, nearly perfect) job of capturing what a young Kermit sound likely sound like; certainly galaxies better than his adult Kermit. Danner sounds like Kermit only some of the time; he sounds like he's trying to imitate Frank more than Jim or Steve, leading to his attempt to do a messy "impression of an impression" which doesn't go over well for me.
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said at 9:52 PM on Fri Jun 15 2018
 3 Shout Outs!
Jim Henson will always be Kermit the Frog to me.
said at 9:40 PM on Thu Jun 14 2018
 1 Shout Out!
1. Jim Henson
2. Steve Whitmire
3. Frank Welker
4. Matt Danner
said at 2:24 PM on Thu Jun 14 2018
 1 Shout Out!
Going with Whitmire, since that's the Kermit I grew up with the most. He's great.
said at 12:47 PM on Tue Jun 12 2018
I don't know. They all sound so good. I'll still rank them though. For adult Kermit, Jim Henson gets top billing, while I tie Steve Whitmire and Artie Esposito for second place. Frank Welker and Matt Vogel are both third. Since Matt is Carol Spinney's understudy for Big Bird, he has incorporated some of his performance into Kermit. For baby Kermit, I pick Frank Welker, but Matt Danner still performs admirably.
said at 11:50 AM on Tue Jun 12 2018
 1 Shout Out!
Danner and Esposito just don't impress me. They sound waaaay too forced. Vogel's fine, but I still like Whitmire the most here.
said at 5:16 AM on Tue Jun 12 2018
.............. You know what's strange? Artie Esposito is the closest to matching Jim Henson's original sound.

Steve Whitmire and Matt Vogel do good original interpretations while being an homage to Henson... But it makes me wonder why Esposito wasn't brought back in more often.
said at 5:31 AM on Tue Jun 12 2018
@Aussieroth Being a VA and a puppeteer are two very different things.
said at 2:23 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
See, these VCs are a little tougher than usual since not only do the people here voice the Muppets, they are in charge of them moving the way they do.

Jim Henson obviously has the most experience. He sounds appropriate as he basically does a more nasal version of his voice. He plays Kermit as a bit of snark with a sense of comfort and heart firmly rooted in his character. I think his best work was in The Muppets and the first movie. I wish he was still around..

Steve Whitmire comes close. I haven’t exactly watched any of the 90’s Muppet films, but he came into his own largely in The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted.. even if I think he moved a little too much like a spaz. Sure he didn’t really sound right (in fact I think he sounded too soft and felt like a doormat to every other Muppet) but the guy felt like he was really committed to the character. It’s a shame how Disney didn’t give him a chance, but I suppose it was on both sides that have their own stories.

Matt Vogel so far sounds decent. I think he did Kermit best in the Hollywood Bowl when he was interacting with others and singing Rainbow Connection. The movement is fine, even subdued like Jim’s movements were.. but the voice just sounds like Constantine. It’s rather distracting, like Kermit is still in prison and Constantine only perfected his impression. Still, like Steve, its only a matter of time until he hits his stride I suppose.

Artie Esposito sounds the most like Jim, but it’s like he’s straining himself to keep the pitch, like he’s keeping his mouth open. The puppetry isn’t too impressive, it’s a bit stiff even.

With Frank Welker, it’s all on his vocal performance. His Kermit on Muppet Babies was suitable, but Little Muppet Monsters has him as an adult Kermit.. and he just sounds really goofy.

That UVA in that one Disney Cruise interactive game sounds way too monotone and boring.

1. Jim
2. Steve
3. Vogel
4. Frank (Muppet Babies)
5. Artie
6. Frank (Little Muppet Monsters)
7. UVA
said at 4:13 AM on Tue Jun 12 2018
@Ghosty404 Opinion is the same, except Matt Danner goes between UVA and Frank from Muppet Monsters. He’s just.. a Kermit voice, I guess. Frank had a lot more charm as Baby Kermit.
said at 7:13 PM on Fri Sep 15 2017
1- Steve Whitmire
I feel like he made it his own character, to the point where it would be jarring for a new fan to grow up with Steve and go back to Jim. I love them both, but with the Muppets ABC complete, I've grown to love Steve's Kermit the most.

2- Jim Henson
Classic. Jim was Kermit, and I'll love the original show forever.

3- Matt Vogel
A VERY close match with Jim's.

4- Artie Esposito
It's fine.

5- Frank Welker
Not feeling it, but it's a tough one to compare anyway.
said at 5:33 AM on Sat Sep 16 2017
@myopinion1 Little Muppet Monsters has Frank as an adult Kermit. He just sounds really dopey.
said at 12:06 PM on Mon Aug 28 2017 Matt Vogel has a clip of him as Kermit now. From what little we get out of this he's passable. I'll give him a bit more time to get into the role, but as of now I'd say he's my least favorite.
said at 11:20 AM on Sun Feb 19 2017
1. Steve
2. Joel
3. Jim
4. Frank
said at 5:49 PM on Fri Mar 24 2017
@thecartoonfan123 who's Joel?
said at 7:34 PM on Fri Jan 19 2018
Sorry if I dint mention this earlier
Hes not official but here are some video clips
said at 9:11 AM on Wed Jun 13 2018
@thecartoonfan123 Parodies aren't counted here.eeeeeeee
said at 9:11 AM on Wed Jun 13 2018
@thecartoonfan123 (Sorry about the e spam, my keyboard jammed up)
said at 12:26 PM on Wed May 18 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Steve Whitmire: Whitmire is keeping Jim's spirit alive by performing Kermit, plus I'm more use to hearing his Kermit voice.
2. Jim Henson: Henson is an iconic legend and I have to respect that, but I never saw much of his work as a child.
3. Frank Welker: Welker does an admirable job as Baby Kermit, and even does a spot on impression of Whitmire's portrayal in various animated projects.
said at 6:48 PM on Mon Apr 25 2016
1. Steve Whitmire
2. Jim Henson
3. Frank Welker
said at 9:33 PM on Sat Nov 7 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Gosh, after the new show I kinda like Steve's voice more. Jim Henson's a legend though.
said at 6:47 PM on Sat Oct 17 2015
As far as adult voices go, I call a tie between Jim Henson and Steve Whitmire.
said at 5:43 PM on Sat Oct 17 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Can I make this a tie between Jim and Steve?
said at 12:06 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
1) Jim Henson/Steve Whitmire
2) Frank Welker
said at 7:33 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
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.
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.
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.
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
 1 Shout Out!
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.
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
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?
said at 2:57 PM on Tue Nov 13 2012
Yes, according to the book "Jim Henson: The Works".
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.
said at 11:28 PM on Sun Nov 27 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Jim Henson IS Kermit The Frog.
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.
said at 8:47 PM on Mon Jul 25 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Steve Whitmire deserves more love and respect, so I voted for him.
said at 5:39 PM on Sat Nov 26 2011
u right da ALL HATIN
said at 6:28 PM on Sun Jul 18 2010
 3 Shout Outs!
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!
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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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